Hampi was the capital of erstwhile Vijayanagar Empire is located on the bank of Tungabhadra River. The name Hampi is derived from the ancient name of Tungabhadra river, Pampa. The Vijyanagar Empire flourished from 1336 to 1565, during which it was ruled by four dynasties — Sangama, Saluva, Tuluva and Aravidu dynasty.The Virupaksha temple is the most prominent building in Hampi. It is believed that Lord Shiva married Parvati in this temple. Other attractions of Hampi are the Lotus Palace, Hazara Rama temple and Lakshmi Narasimha temple built in Vijayanagar style of architecture.
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