Hampi Stone Structure

Pencil Sketch of Stone Structure Found in Hampi (Vijayanagar Kingdom), Hospet. Used 6B Pencil on Drawing Sheet.
           Hampi (Kannada ಹಂಪೆ Hampe) is a village in northern Karnataka state, India. It is located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire Predating the city of Vijayanagara, it continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple, as well as several other monuments belonging to the old city. The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi.

          The name is derived from Pampa, which is the old name of theThungabhadra River on whose banks the city is built. The name "Hampi" is an Anglicized version of the Kannada Hampe (derived from Pampa). Over the years, it has also been referred to as Vijayanagara and Virupakshapura (from Virupaksha, the patron deity of the Vijayanagara rulers).

         Hampi is identified with the historical Kishkindha, the Vanara (monkey) kingdom mentioned in the Ramayana