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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 and 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.

Tungabhadra 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

AnegondiAnjaneya Hill

Anjaneya Hill

At the top of the hill is the temple dedicated for Hanuman, the monkey warrior god. According to Hindu mythology he was born to Anjana. Thus Hanuman is also known as Anjaneya and his birthplace as Anjaneyadri (Anjaneya’s hill). You can easily spot this hill from a distance as the... MORE ➜

RiversideRiverside Ruins

Riverside Ruins

A little exploration of this area, close to the edge of the river, can lead you to a couple of Shiva Lingas arrays (mandalas) carved on the surface a flat rock surface. One is an array of 108 Lingas, the other a more fabulous 1008 lingas in a square area.... MORE ➜

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 ➜

AnegondiAreas of Hampi

Areas of Hampi

The Sacred Centre: As the name suggests this is the religious area of Hampi. A number of temples and other religious structures are located here. This is roughly the area around where the Hampi's local bus stand is located. Some of the oldest functioning temples in India are located in... more ➜

AnegondiVirupapur Gadde

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. Though during the peak seasons backpackers storm this area, Virupapur Gadde is very rural in heart. You need to take a coracle ferry to... more ➜

AnegondiJaina Temple

Jaina Temple

Jaina Temple

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 ➜

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