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Heavy rain causes Hampi mantapa pillars to collapses.

The mantapa, which is about 200 metres away from Virupaksha Temple, was part of Virupaksha Bazaar. The mantapa of Hampi Vijaya Vithal temple collapsed on Monday due to continuous rain. Built during the Vijayanagara Empire, this mantapa has been built entirely of stone.

Locals have demanded that the Archaeological Survey of India pay special attention to the conservation of the monuments.

“This year there has been good rain and It has been raining for four days, thus the structure may have collapsed due to rain” said Deputy Superintendent of the Hampi Circle, Indian Archaeological Survey Department.

Many of the monuments were submerged in water due to the high water flow from the reservoir. The water is now down and everything is back to normal.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) was working on reviving the lost glory of Hampi’s old Virupaksha Bazaar adjoining the temple with technical assistance from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru.

The damaged mantapa is also part of this restoration work.

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