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Hampi Stone Chariot

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  • December 8, 2020
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Hampi Stone Chariot

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I – Temple and Architecture

In news

  • The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has taken steps to protect the stone chariot inside Vittala Temple complex at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hampi, Karnataka.
  • Tourists can no longer get too close to the iconic stone chariot.

Important value addition

Hampi chariot

  • The chariot inside the temple complex is a shrine dedicated to Garuda, but the sculpture of Garuda is now missing.
  • The Hampi chariot is one among the three famous stone chariots in India.
  • The other two are in Konark (Odisha) and Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu).
  • It was built in the 16th century by the orders of King Krishnadevaraya, a Vijayanagara ruler.
  • The delicately carved chariot at Hampi reflects skill of temple architecture under the patronage of Vijayanagara rulers who reigned from 14th to 17th century CE.

Vittala Temple

  • It was built in the 15th century during the rule of Devaraya II, one of the rulers of the Vijayanagara Empire.
  • It is dedicated to Vittala.
  • Vittala is said to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
  • Dravidian style adorns the built of the complex, which is further enhanced with elaborate carvings.

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