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Remains of Vijayanagara Empire at Hampi and Anegondhi

Question asked by Ramani Aswath in #Coffee Room on Jul 9, 2015
Ramani Aswath
Ramani Aswath · Jul 9, 2015
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We went on a much delayed visit to Hampi in Karnataka. In its heydey Hampi was arguably the richest and largest city in the world rivalling Rome. Now a declared world heritage site, there are some very creative engineering that had been practiced there.
Huge aqueducts transported water to distant locations. Intricate system of canals with ingenious diverting arrangements for regulating flow to different locations ensured water went where wanted. Bathing places had a sort of shower (I should say, more of a waterfall). Multistory women's housing had a very practical airconditioning with evaporative cooling of water (lifted from a well) distributed to all floors.
Huge monoliths, musical pillars (Hollow granite pillars), gigantic temple structures and even a pin hole camera abound.
Carvings show a thriving international trade with traders from all over the world.
The two links below give a glimpse of the place:

1. Anegondhi predates the Vijayanagara Empire. It has some ancient cave paintings also.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/blxjk4u1m2x3sjm/Anegondhi 3.docx?dl=0
2. The Hampi Site is a declared UNESCO World Heritage place. Many activities are banned in certain areas. It is a shame that a cable suspension bridge across Tungabadra put up with modern engineering principles collapsed while a huge aqueduct put up in the old days still stands nearby.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/s2u74jjn6408oih/Hampiruins blog.docx?dl=0 Posted in: #Coffee Room

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