Hampi Stone Chariot – UPSC Prelims

Hampi Stone Chariot: 
  • It is an iconic monument located in front of Vijaya Vittala Temple in Hampi, Karnataka.
  • Stone Chariot is a shrine dedicated to Garuda, the official vehicle of Lord Vishnu
  • Stone Chariot in Hampi is one of the three most popular stone chariots in India. Other two are in Konark (Odisha) and Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu).
  • Built in Dravidian style, the stone chariot reflects skill of temple architecture under the patronage of Vijayanagara rulers who reigned from 14th to 17th century CE.
  • Why in news? Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) has placed wooden barricades around it.

Related Facts:
  • Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Vijaya Vittala Temple also known as Vittala Temple is dedicated to Lord Vitthala, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
  • The temple is located in Hampi, near the banks of the Tungabhadra River.
  • Temple was built in the 15th century during the reign of King Devaraya II of the Vijayanagara Empire.
  • Several sections of the temple were expanded and renovated during the reign of Krishnadevaraya, the famous ruler of the Vijayanagara dynasty.