This reconstructed pavilion would be your first major stop once you have crossed  to Anegondi area from the Talarigata ferry point near Vittala Temple. From the main road, this pavilion sits hidden in thick banana plantation with a palm lined trail leading it.

The highlight is a two storied pavilion made with sculptured pillars. Tall circular pillars made using some kind of lathe is of pre Vijayanagara origin.

The bases of these pillars are decorated with tiny but delicate carvings of gods and goddesses. This is the typical architectural style of the Hoysalas, the empire that preceded the Vijayanagara kingdom. Though in ruined state, the carvings are finer and minute than you've seen in the typical Vijayanagara architecture.

The pavilion is peculiar for is its atrium like opening in the middle. The parapet around the atrium is decorated with an array of carved panels, mostly depicting court scenes and life of the time. The ceiling spots some traces of paintings. The pavilion is without any wall and array of stone artifacts recovered from the river are also on display.

The short but panting climb from the ferry point brings you to a fork. The right branch heads straight into the Anegondi village square located about a kilometer northeast. The rather straight looking left road bypasses the Anegondi village and intersects a main road at about a kilometer away. Take this bypass path if you are straight heading to places like the hilltop Hanuman Temple or Pampa Sarovar.

The road first mentioned (the right branch) passes along the Hachappa Mantapa. Take this path and about 100 meters forward, you can see this on your right tucked in a banana and coconut plantation.

There is no entrance fee. You may stop by for a few minutes quick tour before proceeding north into the village centre of Anegondi. Do this as part of the Route 5 Hampi Itinerary.

Pillar carving details

Pillar-carving-details , Hachhappa Mantapa

Pillar-carving-details , Hachhappa Mantapa

Anegondi

Anegondi

Anegondi was the capital of the region, before it was moved to Hampi. In fact this was the core of a tiny kingdom that eventually expanded into the Vijayanagar Empire covering the whole of south India. Currently Anegondi is sleepy village with a principally farming community inhibiting it.

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Virupapur Gadde

Virupapur Gadde is the area just across the river from near the Virupaksha Temple.The place is known for its laidback ambient, lodges and tourist huts.

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Anjaneya Hill

This hill in Hampi believed to be the birthplace of Hanuman , is located in the center of Anegondi area. You can see this hill from the Hampi side of the river as you trek along the Kampa Bhups’s Path.

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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.

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Queue for ferry to Anegondi

Navabrindavan

Navabrindavan, near Hampi, is of importance to the followers of the saint Sri Raghavendra. The Brindavan (sacred tomb) of the saint is located in a small island formed by Tungabadra , a bit east of the Anegondi village.

This place is highly sought after by the pilgrims and is treated with reverence.

Pampa Sarovar

Pampa Sarovar is a sacred pond for the Hindus. This is believed as one among a few Sarovars (sacred ponds) mentioned in Hindu epics and  scriptures.

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Rishimukh

Rishimukh is a sacred place for Hindus as it finds some mentions in the epic Ramayana (see Ramayana in Hampi).It’s believed that it’s here that Hanuman first met Rama and Laxmana who where on the search for the wife of Rama abducted by Ravana.

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