Hampi (Hampe) is a village and temple town recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Karnataka, India. 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.
Emperor Ashoka’s Rock Edicts suggest that this region was part of the Maurya Empire during the 3rd century BC. Hampi was one of the best areas of the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire from 1343 to 1565, when it was besieged by the Deccan Muslim confederacy.
Heritage – Humpi