CONTENTS:- 1. Prehistory of Hampi - Vijayanagara 2. Pre-Medieval Finds from Hampi 3. Pampa Sarassu, Kiskindha and Hampi 4. Pampa Sarassu and Hampi 5. Hampe - Vijayanagara, Names Through History 6. A Brahmi Inscription from Hampi 7. The First Inscription of the Chalukya Vikrama Era from Hampi 8. Hampi Before Founding of Vijayanagara 9. Pre-Vijayanagara Hampe: A Religious and Educational Centre 10. A Unique Linga of Hampi 11. A Unique Three-sided Linga from the Uddana-Virabhadraswami Temple, Hampi 12. A Unique Sculpture of Virupaksha from Hampi 13. Linga Superimposed by Another Linga at Hampi 14. Conception of Aghoresvaramurti at Ikkeri a Subordinate Kingdom of Vijayanagara Empire 15. Relief Sculptures of Virasaiva Saints at Bukkasagara 16. Boundary Stones - A Short Study with Special Reference to those Available in the Hampi Museum 17. Boundary Stones: A Study 18. Inscriptions of Vitthala Temple at Hampi 19. A Note on the Term 'Kritartha' of Kannada Inscriptions of Hampi. 20. Significance of 'Ajati Virasaiva' of Telugu Inscriptions of Vijayanagara Period 21. Tirumaladevi Pattana - Present Hospet Near Hampi 22. The Metropolis of the Vijayanagara Empire 23. Virasaiva Mathas of Vijayanagara Period at Hampi 24. Mallikarjuna Worship at Hampi 25. Note on Renaming of Cheluvindla Village During the Vijayanagara Period 26. Note on the Place - Name Barakuru of the Vijayanagara Period 27. Irrigation in Ancient India and Guided Enormous Activities During Vijayanagara Period 28. Irrigation Systems Under Vijayanagara Empire 29. Irrigation Systems Under Vijayanagara Empire with Special Reference to Anicuts Across the River Tungabhadra 30. Ancient Anicuts on the River Tungabhadra 31. Some Terms Related to Irrigation Systems, as Found in the Inscriptions of the Vijayayagara Period 32. Well and Spring-well Irrigation During Vijayanagara Period 33. Maintenance of Irrigation Works During Vijayanagara Period 34. Ideological Underpinnigs and Development of Irrigation in Vijayanagara 35. Reasons for Increased Irrigation Works During Vijayanagara Period 36. Pleasures of the Court of Vijayanagara - Hunting 37. Pleasure Gardens and Water Sports at Vijayanagara as Seen in Contemporary Kannda Literature 38. Vijayanagara Royal Weddings 39. A Royal Museum During 14 Century, at Vijayanagara 40. Vijayanagara Paintings at the Virupaksha Temple, Hampi 41. Literature Under Devaraya II of Vijayanagara
This volume consists of forty-one research papers penned by Shri C.T.M. Kotraiah, Archaeolgist, while he was in the service of that august organisation, The Archaeological Survey of India and even after retirement, in the year 1985. All of them are based on his thorough and thoughtful investigations into the archaeological remains spread in that vast but rich site of Hampi - Vijayanagara. All of them were got published by him from time to time in different journals, periodicals, books felicitation volumes etc. And they are reproduced here in one volume thereby making them easily accessible to the interested scholars. Particularly, the articles pertaining to sculptures are unique ones since they are explained authentically quoting from the contemporary Kannada literary works which otherwise are not manageable to the non-Kannada scholars. Further much talked of the glorious achievements of the Vijayanagara empire was mainly due to economic prosperity which in turn depended on agricultural prosperity supported by intensive and extensive irrigation systems adopted and practised during the period. And the same is dealt in nine papers, but authentically as usual. Another one is the conjuctural picture of a museum patronised by the royal house specially.