Hampi in India is both a religious as well as a historical place. It is situated 350 kms from Bangalore and 190 km from Belgaum. Hampi was capital of Vijaynagar between the 16th to the 18th century. Present day Hampi is in the ruins and is an open museum where history architecture and religion all blend into one. Hampi sprawls across 25 sq km and is tucked with little temples, palaces, aquatic structures and several different architectures. The hill surrounding this place meets with the river and makes for a very awe inspiring old city. Today Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Inside the Vijayvithala Temple complex, the Stone Chariot gets special attention .Situated to the east of the hall, Stone chariot has stone wheels which some believe actually rotate. The chariot is a miniature temple. Though some believe it is carved out of a single rock, it is not the case. It resembles the temple chariots or rathas in which the idols of the temple are taken out on a traditional procession.