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Beejanuggur. General view of ruins. [Vijayanagara.]

Beejanuggur. General view of ruins. [Vijayanagara.]

Photographer: Pigou, William Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1857

Shelfmark: Photo 965/1(80)

Item number: 965180

Genre: Photograph

Photograph with a view looking down onto the group of Jain temples south of the Virupaksha Temple, at Vijayanagara in Karnataka, taken by William Henry Pigou in c.1857, from 'Architecture in Dharwar and Mysore'. Vijayanagara, the City of Victory, was the seat of a powerful Hindu kingdom in Southern India from 1336 to 1565. The kingdom was founded by two brothers, Harihara and Bukka, formerly chieftains with the Delhi Sultanate. Vijayanagara flourished as a prosperous centre of Hindu art, culture and architecture, until the Battle of Talikota in 1565 when it was defeated by the armies of a coalition of neighbouring Muslim kingdoms, its rivals for supremacy in the Deccan. The ruins of this vast royal city on the bank of the Tungabhadra River lie surrounded by granite hills. The site is also known as Hampi, together with a small local village nearby. In its heyday, with its strategic setting which was both spectacular and with good natural defences, the city was an influential centre for trade, especially in Arab horses and spices, and welcomed foreign travellers who left accounts of its grandeur. Its plan consisted of a number of zones, the sacred, the urban and the royal.

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