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The Virupaksha Temple on the banks of the Tungabhadra River is considered to be the most sacred sanctuary in Hampi. This image shows the nine-storey elaborate gopura tower. The temple was said to be built in the 7th century and still in use today. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is locally known as Virupaksha.

Hampi was the capital of the ancient Vijayanagara Empire. It was founded in 1336 by two brothers, Harihara and Bukka. The city was enormously wealthy due to its monopoly on the trade of spices and cotton, diamonds and pearls, and was said that the palaces were plated with gold. In the barren arid landscape filled with numerous large boulders, the city was built using the rocks from the surroundings. Naturally, the city was built parallel to the river.

Other than the largely intact Virupaksha Temple, there are numerous temples, palaces, aqueducts and elephant stables in various state of restoration or ruins, scattered all over the 26-sq-km site.

These old men are washing by the shore of the Tungabhadra River with coracles surrounding them. Coracles are circular bowl-shaped boats with a frame of woven reeds or saplings covered with hides. They are commonly used along the rivers Tungabhadra and Kaveri in southern India. When not in used, they are sun-dried upside down on the river shore, as seen in the foreground of the photograph.

These coracles are quite large and can carry about 8-10 people at a time, as can be seen in the background. Some daring boatmen even carry bicycles and small motorcycles in them. This image was taken at Hampi.

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