The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), under the Ministry of Culture, is the premier organization for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage of the nation. Maintenance of ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national importance is the prime concern of the ASI. Besides it regulate all archaeological activities in the country as per the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958. It also regulates Antiquities and Art Treasure Act, 1972.
For the maintenance of ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national importance the entire country is divided into 24 Circles. The organization has a large work force of trained archaeologists, conservators, epigraphist, architects and scientists for conducting archaeological research projects through its Circles, Museums, Excavation Branches, Prehistory Branch, Epigraphy Branches, Science Branch, Horticulture Branch, Building Survey Project, Temple Survey Projects and Underwater Archaeology Wing.Read More
Virupaksha Temple And Bazaar, Hampi
BRIEF HISTORY:The temple of virupaksha or pampapati on the banks of river Tungabhadra is tuteliary diety of Vijayanagara rulers is the most sacred living monuments of Hampi. The temple earlier was modest and with the patronage of various dynasties from 7th century AD., it grew in to its present proportions due to the patronage of devaraya ii (1422-46 AD) and krishnadevaraya (1509-1528 AD) of sangama and tuluva lineage of vijayanagara dynasty. the temple has a sanctum, vestibule, pillered hall with porches at north and south, a large sabha mantapa also known as ranga mantapa, pillered cloister all around and numerous subsidiary shrines of which the shrines of Mukti Narasimha, Pataleswara, Saptamatrika, Suryanarayana, Tarakeswara, Saraswati,...
Ruined Gateway With Lofty Pillars To The West Of Vitthala Temple
BRIEF HISTORY:This is an ornate but incomplete gopura to the north of Kings balance and to the south-west of the Vitthala temple. It has four ornate lofty pillars forming its doorjambs. These doorjambs are carved with bas-reliefs of Hanuman, Garuda, an apsara standing an a makara and a scroll design issuing from the mouth of makara. Ornate mouldings are seen on the southern and northern sides of the basement, of which the lower mouldmg is depicted with a frieze of horses. Other bas-reliefs carved on the basement depict vyala, Balakrishna, Vishnu, Vitthala, Narasimha and musicians. There are two standing composite pillars between the doorjambs sculptured with rampant lions with riders, below which are miniature...
Old Siva Temple On The North-east Side Of Vitthala Temple
BRIEF HISTORY:: It is a Vishnu temple facing south with a bazar in front flanked by colonnades. This temple, datable to sixteenth century A.D., has on plan a garbhagriha, an antarala, a pradakshinapatha enclosing the garbhagriha and antarala, a sabhamantapa with two side porches of which the western one is converted into a cell. An ornate mahamantapa with composite pil1ars has a raised roof over the central aisle. The ceiling of the ardhamantapa has an elaborately carved lotus and other panels. The temple has a high adhishtana comprising of seven ornate mouldings The temple is surrounded by a high prakara wall with an ornate gopura to the south. There is a pillared pavilion along...