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Hampi stone chariot now gets protective ring

7th December, 2020 Art & Culture

Context: Tourists can no longer get too close to the iconic stone chariot in front of the Vijaya Vittala Temple in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hampi.

  • The architectural marvel has been cordoned off by a protective ring by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
  • ASI put up the barrier aimed at preventing people from touching or climbing the monument, causing damage in any way.

‘Needs protection’

  • Stone chariot is one of the most visited monuments in Hampi and needs extra protection. The protected monument is facing the risk of being damaged by such objectionable behaviour of some of the tourists.
  • There were no proposals presently before the ASI to do the same with more monuments in the heritage site.

Hampi stone chariot

  • The chariot inside the temple complex is a shrine dedicated to Garuda, but the sculpture of Garuda is now missing.
  • The Hampi chariot is among three famous stone chariots in India, the other two being in Konark, Odisha, and Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu.
  • The delicately carved chariot at Hampi, art historians say, reflects the skill of temple architecture under the patronage of the Vijayanagara rulers who reigned from 14th to 17th century CE.