Every year, between the 3rd and 5th of November, the Hampi Utsav festival is celebrated. This time, it has been postponed until January 2010 to conincide with the 500th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Sri Krishna Deva Raya,the most important ruler of the Vijayanagar kingdom.
Hampi the Capital of the Vijayanagar Empire
It is in Hempi’s most well-preserved shrines the annual festival takes place, attracting thousands of visitors and pilgrams from across the southern half of the subcontient. This year, the main festive days will be the from January 27 to 29, with exhibitions of dance, theatre, music, puppet shows, fireworks and crafts,as well as horse soldiers in their imperial uniforms and processsions of decorated elephants, honoring the grandeur of the Vinayanagara empire.