Let’s take you a marvelous journey to visit the 7most amazing lost cities of India: you will come to know about bustling seaports, golden trade centers, gorgeous places of worship & powerhouse capital cities of great empire.
In spite of the fact these cities finally fell to war or natural catastrophe, their legacies survive in lofty temples save as World Heritage Sites or changed into museums or art galleries, beautiful art pieces and contemporary reliance on the knowledge and ancient methods devised by the dwellers of old cities in farming, bead-making and metallurgy. Well, then what are you waiting for? Ride on and have fun by going back in time.
1- Vijayanagara Empire
Virupaksha Temple (Hampi)
Sangama dynasty princes harihara I and Bukka Raya I were the founders of Vijayanagara. They established it in 1336. This great ancient city was the capital of an empire of the same name which also remained one of the greatest superpowers in Indian history. The peak time, you can also call its golden period, of this Indian kingdom remained for almost twenty years (from 1509-29) ruled by Krishnadevaraya. At that time its area was 33-sq-km and the empire spread over nearly the whole peninsula southern region of the rivers Krishna and Tungabhadra.
Agricultural riches used to bring material wealth to its state that was also connected with global trade markets. But similar to many other powerful regimes, this empire also finally collapsed. It fell down when Deccan sultans attacked on it in 1565, the empire couldn’t get over after then, and was eventually stamped down in 1646 by the Sultans of Bijapur and Golkonda at that time. The city’s ruins have now been declared as a World Heritage Site. They extend all sides of today’s Hampi in the south Indian state of Karnataka.
Tree in courtyard of Vittala Temple
The very beautiful sixteenth century Vittala is known for a tree in its courtyard. That was a building that Krishna-devaraya started but never completed. A visit to the attractively sculptured monument screams for a stay at its outer ‘musical’ pillars that produce echo sound if stroked.
This 7-tiered structure, today, is standing as the Sillappathikara Art Gallery.
‘Puhar’ is actually a town situated in the Naga-pattinam district of the south-eastern state of Tamil Nadu in India. Ancient name for this Puhar town was ‘Kaveripattinam’ (or Poompuhar or Kaveripumpattinam). It was very lively and profitable port city capital of the former Chola kings in Tamilakkam. As it was located near the mouth of the Kaveri River, therefore this city was also served as a major trade center.
Large cargo ships used to come into dock to bring lovely products and commodities to its people from cities far abroad. This great legendary city was appraised in songs, literature, poetries and heroic epics telling the heroic deeds of the Chola Kangs. Silapathikaram and manimekalai are the two most popular epics in which these stories are described most fully. With the research over this ancient city, scientists have reached the conclusion that a tsunami possibly caused by Krakatoa 416-A.D. washed most of this legendary town away.