Bellary has seen a long line of rulers – the Mauryas, the Satavahanas, the Pallavas, the Kadambas, the Badami Chalukyas, the Rashtrakutas, the Kalyani Chalukyans, the Southern Kalachuryas, the Sevuna Yadavas, the Hoysalas, the Cholas and in more recent times, heads of the state. So it comes as no surprise that Bellary, despite being a progressive industrial district, still has the airs and graces of a forgotten time. It’s stark, rocky landscape acts as a dramatic backdrop to time’s eternal tableau at Hampi.
The erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagara Empire, Hampi holds court as the Golden Era: fourteenth and fifteen century edifices shrug a casual shoulder at time and look like they plan on being around for a good many centuries, like they’ve done so far. The Bellary Fort, as a sort of reconfirmation that time does stand still in these parts, likewise stands sentinel upon the Ballari Gudda as it has stood for centuries. It’s perhaps, this trick of time that inspires Bellary to stay truer to the memory of what it has been than what it can be.