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Tungabhadra River

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Tungabhadra is a major river in the south Indian peninsula. Hampi is located on the south bank somewhere in the middle of this river’s path. In this area the river takes a number of twists are turns owing to the rocky terrain. The river has immense significance in forming the political & religious history of Hampi. The river along with along with the boulder-strewn hills formed the northern barrier of the capital. It was not easy for an invading army cross the river without the fate of a sure defeat.

The river is in fact formed by the union of two rivers Tunga and Bhadra and hence the name. Both Tunga & Bhadra Rivers are originated on the eastern slops of the Western Ghats. Tungabhadra flows in a more or less northwest direction before joining the eastern river Krishna. The Krishna River finally ends into the Bay of Bengal.

In modern India a huge dam and hydroelectric project is constructed across Tungabhadra (about 20 kilometer southwest of Hampi), curtailing the original vigor of the river in this part.

The Vijayanagara kings took advantage of the river by constructing a host of irrigation canals and aqueducts. A highly networked water supply system fed the manmade water bodies in the urban core of the palace area. Many of the ancient canals are still in use to irrigate the surrounding agriculture fields.

The ancient name of the river was Pampa. According to the legends, Pampa, the daughter of Brahma (the God of creation) did penance to please Lord Shiva. Impressed by her devotion Shiva married her and taken the name Pampapati (means husband of Pampa). The name Hampi has origin in Pampa. On the banks if the river, there are numerous shrines and idols associated with the worship of Lord Shiva.

The river looks placid, but there could be dangerous undercurrents. Never venture to swim. There were many fatalities in the past

The river looks placid, but there could be dangerous undercurrents. Never venture to swim. There were many fatalities in the past

The river looks placid, but there could be dangerous undercurrents. Never venture to swim or dive. There were many fatalities in the past

AnegondiCoracle Crossings

Coracle Crossings

First of all, what’s a coracle? A circular shaped country boat to cross the river. A huge floating basket is a more appropriate description than calling it a boat. They are huge flat craft to ferry people & sheep (yes sheep!). About 6 feet in diameter, coracles are made of... MORE ➜

RiversideRiverside Ruins

Riverside Ruins

The riverside gorge just north of the Kodandarama Temple is remarkable for the various clusters of ruins. The sought after ones are the array of Shiva Lingas carved on the flat rock surface and the carved Anandashayana Vishnu on the rock cleft. A little exploration of this area, close to... MORE ➜

AnegondiNavabrindavan

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... MORE ➜

AnegondiAnegondi

Anegondi

Anegondi is at the opposite bank of the river where the Hampi village is located. The easiest way to reach Anegondi from Hampi is by crossing the river by the coracles. There are many attractions here though not as mind-blowing place like Hampi. Anegondi has a big fort encircling it.... more ➜

AnegondiJaina Temple

Jaina Temple

Jaina Temple

AnegondiChandramouliswara Temple

Chandramouliswara Temple

Chandramouliswara Temple is located on the north bank of Tungabadhra, in the Rishimukh Island. Chandra means crescent, mouli means crown of hair and iswara refers to Lord Shiva. Chandramouliswara hence literarly translates to 'the wearer of the crescent moon on the crowned hair' represents the aspect of Shiva wearing wearing the crescent on his... more ➜

AnegondiRishimukh

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. You need to cross the... more ➜

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