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.

The pond and the shrine are located in a secluded valley hidden by boulder hills at the three sides. The pond, rectangular in shape, is usually filled edge-to-edge by floating lotus.

The whitewashed shrine is located right next to the pond. This is a functioning temple and the idols worshiped are of Lord Shiva & his consort Parvathi (Pampa).

This shrine is much ancient than many of the temples in Hampi.

A vividly painted musical instrument placed in the temple courtyard is interesting.

The instrument at a time plays a drum, metal plates and a couple of bells attached to it. The whole thing is driven by a motor attached the mechanisms. These were the temple musical instruments originally played by the temple musicians. Now this machine plays it all together during the prayer time (typically early morning & in the evening).

A bit north in the line is the temple kitchen.

Just opposite to it under a mango tree is a circular platform built around it. tall Vinayaka (the elephant headed god) statue painted in florescent vermilion.

Pampa Sarovar is located near the Anjaneya Hill where the hilltop Hanuman temple is located in Anegondi area.

From the foothill of the Anjaneya Hill located  about a kilometer north on the main road you can spot a rightward departing path.

This unpaved path leads towards Pampa Sarovar tracing the ridge of the rocky hill. You can club the visit to this place with other sites in Anegondi like the Anjaneya Hill (Ajenayadri), Hachappa Mantapa or the Bukka’s Aquaduct .

Cover this as part of the Route 5 suggested in the Hampi Itineary

 

Pampa Sarovar

Pampa Sarovar

Pampa Sarovar

Anegondi

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.

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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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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Gods of Hampi

Lord Virupaksha may be presiding deity of Hampi, but the monkey warrior Hanuman steals the limelight.  Hampi presents a typical cross-section of the religious moorings of India.Hindu icons with its pantheon of gods dominate this vast site.

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Footprint carving in Hampi

Religions of Hampi

The far end of religious history of Hampi somehow morphs into mythology.The significant events narrated in the Hindu epic Ramayana (believed to have originally composed in 1st century BC) is believed to have happened in the settings surrounding Hampi.

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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.

A ruined Jain Temple in Anegondi

Jaina Temple

Jaina Temple in Anegondi, Hampi

Hachappa Mantapa

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.

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