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Monday, January 18, 2010

Hampi Festival, Celebrating a Hindu Empire (India)


Virupaksha temple, Hampi

INDIA, January 12 2010: This month, the centuries-old temples of Hampi, in southern India, are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Vijayanagara empire with a traditional festival of folk culture and elephants, brimming with life and colour.

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.

Sri Krishna Deva Raya

Between 1336 and 1565, this great empire spread across the whole of Southern India. Hampi is but a small village now, in the southern state of Karnataka; however, it was the epicenter of this powerful alliance of Hindu villages whose combined military efficiency stopped the advance of the Muslims, then masters of most of the north of the subcontinent. Literature and the arts flourished in the Vijayanagara empire,which became immensely rich through trade in textiles, gemstones,spices and all kinds of merchandise brought from the Indian seaports and as far afield as China.

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.

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