This is one of the many gateways to the walled city. The gate (a huge arch complex) is interesting with its style of construction and the carvings on it.

This gateway is a classic example of the Vijayanagara military architecture. The gate got its name from the legendary Bhima of the Hindu epic Mahabaratha.  A figure of Bhima - the strongest of the five Pandavas brothers - is carved on the gate. There an impressive carving of Bhima with a flower called Saugandhika. See the Saugandhika flower episode for the narrative of this story.

The interesting feature of the gate is its smart design. One cannot cross this archway in a straight line. You enter this gateway complex through its western arch. Straight ahead is a huge tall block of a wall like structure. You turn right, left and then once again left to go around this obstruction to reach the exit at the north.

In other words this works like a blind spot for the invading army. Also it’s difficult for the elephant mounted forces to take such quick maneuvers without facing some surprise attacks.

Also there are carvings of Draupadi (Pandava’s wife) tying her hair. Slaying of Kichaka who tried to molest Draupathi is depicted next to it (see the mythical story narrating the Keechaka episode ). All of these scenes are carved as murals on the gate. The lotus bud tipped brackets supporting the lintel is noteworthy.

Currently this is a live excavation site. You can spot the ASI’s (Archeological Survey of India) marks on the ground.

No admission fee. Usually the sites around here are devoid of big tourist crowds. Also you can spot a couple of more unnamed structures scattered around this area. Visit this on your way to Vittala Temple and Malyavanta Hill area from Kamalapura by the main road. You can spot the Ganigitti Temple on your right side just about a kilometer from Kamalapura . Bhima’s Gate is behind this temple.

Bhima at Hampi

Bhima at Hampi holding Saugandhika flower and club . See Mythology of Hampi for the narrative

Bhima at Hampi. Located near Bhima's Gateway on the way to Vittala Temple from Kamalapura. See Mythology of Hampi for the narrative Image taken from Bhima's Gateway depicting Bhima returning with the celestial sougandhika flower which Draupadi, the wife of the five brothers, desired. This is located at the base of the Bhima's Gateway (see site 4 in Hampi Map) . See also the episode narrating Bhima's adventure in getting this flower.

Islamic Quarter

Devi Shrine in Malyavanta Raghunatha Temple

Malayavanta Raghunatha Temple

From a religious and mythological point Malyavanta Raghunatha Temple in Hampi is very significant. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Raghunatha (Rama).


Malyavanta Hill

In someway detached from the rest of the typical tourist circuits, many Hampi visitors often fail to make it to Malyavanta Hill .Those of you take the trouble to venture on to it will be rewarded with a few pleasant surprises , and of course a relatively less touristy ambient
First of all it is one of the few hilltops in Hampi (or is...


Hampi Landscape

Areas of Hampi

Hampi's attractions are clustered across many zones and villages. Typically a few miles apart, all of them are connected by road and at places by the local ferries.


Mohammadan Tomb and Darga

Yet another set of monuments standing in isolation.The first thing you would notice on approaching this area is two cubical structures, one with a domical roof and the other flat roofed.


Vishnu Temple

This relatively isolated temple is located midway to Vittala Temple from Kamalapura.This large temple is made of granite including the tower, a notable deviation from the rest of the temples in Hampi.

Talarigatta Gate

Talarigatta Gate (alternatively Talarighatta Gate ) was one of the main entrance points into the urban centre of the capital from the riverside.The main road to Talarigatta (the coracle ferry point near the suspension bridge) from Kamalapura pass through this arched structure.


Ahmed Khan’s Mosque and Tomb

This cubical tomb with dome appears in the typical Islamic style (Deccani) architecture.Just north of it is a rectangular pavilion with an array of circular decorated pillars supporting the flat roof.