15 March 2016
..By Aditya Nimkar
Hampi– a place where dreams are carved on the stones, History has an encounter with the contemporary world, a place where the tale of prosperity is inscribed in ruins that still stand tall revealing glories of the bygone age. Hampi not only boasts about a strong mythological background but it also takes pride in the cultural and historical significance that it holds. Erstwhile, this place was known as Kishkindha. As per the holy Indian epic Ramayana, Kishkinda was a kingdom of Vaanaras (Monkeys or forest- dwellers), birthplace of Hanuman, Baali and Sugreeva had fight and Shri Rama helped Sugreeva to become king.This is the same place where Shri Rama met another exemplary devotee Shabri, who used to dwell near Pampa Lake. The word ‘Hampi’ is derived from the word ‘Pampa’.