India is a country that is culturally diverse. Due to this reason, we have festivals and celebrations galore! In this country, it’s pretty much impossible to complain about boredom, for there’s such a lot happening almost every month! Every state within India can easily boast of a festival of its own, be it Durga Pooja in West Bengal or Onam in Kerala.
In a similar fashion, the Hampi Utsav or the Vijaya Utsav is a wonderful festival of Karnataka. History lovers will be delighted to know that this festival has been celebrated since the Vijayanagar reign. In a nutshell, the Hampi Utsav is a three day long festival that celebrates an era gone by. It is generally celebrated in the month of November. Hampi being a world heritage site, the aim of this festival is to attract as many people towards it as possible and regale them with dance, drama, puppet shows, processions and dazzling fireworks. The grandeur and elegance of the Vijayanagar era is almost brought back to life, through these festivities.
Keep on reading to find out about all the attractions at Hampi Utsav, every year.
1. Arts & Craft
At the festival, you can find several handicrafts that have been created to resemble those made by the skilled artisans of the past. Colourful handicrafts, puppets made out of leather and other enthralling pieces are what you will popularly find here. There are dance performances that are put up, including the art of Bharatantyam dance.
Instruments like the drums and the pipes are played throughout the course of this festival. Their reverberations can be felt and only serve to add to the pomp and cheer. Singers and dancers can be found entertaining the tourists.
Animals like elephants and horses as well as men, dress up in the traditional military style of the bygone era. They are found standing underneath Gopuras made using red, yellow blue and white coloured cloth. Tradesmen can be found around the streets, offering up gold coins and diamonds in the form of tokens. This is simply to recreate the look and the feel of the royal past or The Golden Era.
4. Jumbo Savari
This is quite similar to the elephant procession that takes place in Mysore city, on Dussehra day. Elephants dressed in their finest, can be seen walking along sedately. At Hampi, the Howdah (the seat) in Panchahola which is made using five metals, is used.
5. Janapada Kalavahini
This is a concert wherein folk songs are sung. Tourists and locals gather round and lose themselves to the music as they revel in the festivities.
6. Light & Sound Show
The Hampi Utsav’s light and sound show is very popular. The 15 km long ruins of Hampi are lit up with special lights. These lights genuinely bring out the grandeur of the place that Hampi once was and will definitely transport you back to those golden days!
7. Virupaaksha Temple
Each year during the Hampi Utsav, this temple is decorated keeping in mind the Vijayanagar theme. It makes for a beautiful sight, decked up in all its glory, during the Hampi Utsav.
Hampi is a culturally rich locale and even the food here is supposed to be delicious. Visiting it is bound to enrich you, mind, body and soul. But if you visit during the Hampi festival, you will definitely be in for a treat and will be transported to the good old times.