Hampi is one of my favourite areas of Asia, and it is located in the north part of the state of Karnataka in central-south India.
Here we are standing on the banks of the Tungabhadra River which in the Indian epic, The Ramayana was known as the Pampa.
Hampi is a village and temple town and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Predating the city of Vijayanagara, Hampi continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple and several other monuments belonging to the old city.
The temple on the hill is the Anjana Matha Temple and is dedicated to 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).