BENGALURU: In the next two to three months, one can visit Hampi right here, in Bengaluru. Historic stone monuments of Hampi will be recreated on either side of West of Chord road. The West of Chord (Deepanjalinagar Bus depot to Toll gate on Magadi road) covers around around 4.5 kms. Double road will have a white topping. On either side of the road, there are parks and this will be where replica of monuments will be installed at 25 boulevards.
A sum of `65 crore has been allotted for the project ‘Vijayanagara Vaibhoga’, which will be a recreation of Hampi in the city. It will include the stone chariot, Lotus Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Vijaya Vittala temple, the Kalyanis and Pushkaranis, Saasivekaalu Ganapathi, Kadalekalu Ganapathi and many more.
The parks on either side’s fencing will have stone pillars that are found in Hampi. Apart from this, there will be 200 metro pillars in the middle of the road on the median. These pillars will have painting of sculptures that are found in Hampi. The median will also be developed to serve as an added attraction. “We will recreate the ponds of Hampi, but they will be of a smaller size. We are taking help of Chitrakala Parishath for painting, sculptures and stone carving. Some stones will be brought and carved here while others will be readymade,’’ said sources. This is done in association with BBMP and BMRCL.
“The West of Chord Road that passes through Vijaynagar and Govindarajnagar is one of the important roads in Bengaluru. Now, it also has a metro track. Through ‘Vijayanagara Vaibhoga’, we want to recreate historic Hampi on this stretch. It is an attempt to bring glorious Vijayanagara empire to Bengaluru. We will install carved sculptures and the entire project is expected to complete in next two to three months,’’ Housing Minister M Krishnappa who is also MLA of Vijayanagar assembly constituency said.
What you can see
- Vijaya Vittala temple
- Stone chariot
- Kadlekaalu Ganapathi
- Saasivekaalu Ganapathi
- Hawa Mahal
- Lotus Mahal
- Sculpture painting on metro pillars
- Stone pillar fencing at all the parks (more than 20)