There is a river called Tunga Bhadra which is flowing near to Hampi. Previously, it was called as Pampa river and in due course the city got name Hampi as it is near to river. There are many wonderful places both sides of the river. To the right side of the river Pampa, there are prominent places like Anjanadri Hill, Pampa Sarovar lake etc. To the left side of the river, there are Malyavanta Raghunath Mandir, Badava Linga Temple, Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Hampi city and Vittal temple etc.
One prominent feature one can observe around Hampy area is heaps of stones arranged in the shape of mountains. It is said this very same place was the place where Lord Rama and Lakshaman had pastimes with Vanaras in Kishkinda. It is also said that these stones were collected from all over the world by Vanaras and kept them as reserves for constructing Ramsethu.
This hill with 500 steps is birth place of Sri Hanumanji. At the foot of the hill entrance, there is an arch with carving of mother Anjana holding her Son Hanuman. After climbing nearly 450 steps, on the left side of the steps there is way into a cave. It is said to be the same place where Sugriva kept mother Sita’s ornaments when Ravana abducted her.
On the top of the hill there are couple of simple temples. One temple of Hanuman whose deity is in famous saffron color. In other temple deity is the form of Bala Hanuman in the lap of his mother Anjana. To watch the scenery and Hampi city from that tip of the hill is an awesome experience.
Pampa Sarovar Lake
It is said that this lake was existing since Treta yuga. It is said Sabhari, devotee of Lord Rama, used live in a place near to this sarovar. And Sugriva also had lived nearby place called Rishya muka mountain.
Sri Chaitanaya Mahaprabhu who is considered to be incarnation of Lord Kirshna in Kaliyuga also came to Kiskinda and delivered 7 trees. There is Kodanda Rama temple where Sugriva’s coronation happened after Vali was killed.
Malyavanta Raghunath Temple
After Vali was killed, before finding the traces of Mother Sita, Lord Ram had stayed here for doing chaturmasya. The main temple is made up single stone and other temple structure was made by carvings. The are dieties of Ram, Sita, Laxman, Hanuman and murties of Srivaishnava acharyas. The speciality of the deity is that Lord Ram is in the feeling seperation from mother Sita instead of standard form of holding bow and arrow in His hands.
Back side of the temple, there exists magnificent city of Hampi. In the temple, there is an old book of Srimad Bhagavatam which is rare to be found in normal temples. Everyone will be touched by devotion of the devotee of Lord Ram is reading Ramayana all the day in temple hall. In the right side of the temple, there is a madapa with lot of stones pillars. These pillars make different sounds similar to musical instruments when one touches them at different places.
This was the capital city of kingdom established by Akka and Bukka. Later it become the capital city of famous ming Sri Krishna Devarayalu. But now a days only the ruins are left as testimony to grand history.
In the Hampi city, there is Hazararama Temple with no deities inside. It is said that many temples were destroyed by Mohamadeen kings.There are many small temples through out Hampi city with no deities!
There is virupaksha temple near by Hampi City. If anyone plays on pillars there, it is said he can hear sapta svaras.
Lakshmi Narasimha Temple
There is a gigantic deity of single stone Lakshmi Narasimha of height 6.7m in yoga posture with band around His knees. This deity was also destroyed by the Mohamadeen invaders. The hands and legs of the deity are not in proper shape. Mother Lakshmi’s presence can be perceived by her hand on back side of deity embracing lord. There is no roof for the deity.
There is Siva Linga of 3 m height which is surrounded by waters all sides near to Lakshmi Narasimha Temple.
People who visit these places can take bath in Tunga Badra river to get relief from their tiredness. The city of Hampi is the epitome of culture, architecture and devotion.