Photographer's Note

A photographer tries to capture the rising sun over the fabled ruins of Hampi. Framed through a temple doorway, this was taken from one of the rocky hills which offers a bird's eye view of the scattered ruins.
Hampi, the seat of the famed Vijaynagara empire was the capital of the largest empire in post-mogul India, covering several states. The destruction of Vijayanagar by marauding Moghul invaders was sudden, shocking and absolute. They reduced the city to ruins amid scenes of savage massacre and horrors beggaring description. Protected by the tempestuous river Tungabhadra in the north and rocky granite ridges on the other three sides, the ruins today silently narrate the story of grandeur splendor and fabulous wealth. The splendid remains of palaces and gateways of the broken city tells a tale of men infinite talent and power of creativity together with his capacity for senseless destruction. Strewn over a large area the ruins at Hampi offers to the tourist a remainder of the greatest land in the whole world. Every rock, every path and every monument at Hampi speak the same language; a language of glory and beauty. Hampi is being developed as an international destination centre. It has already been declared a World Heritage Centre

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Additional Photos by Sabyasachi Talukdar (sabyasachi1212) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3140 W: 281 N: 5210] (19779)
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