God Hanuman (Monkey God) Temple, Birthplace of God Hanuman, at Hampi, near Hospet Town.
Hampi is a village in northern Karnataka, on the banks of the Tungabhadra River in India. Hampi is located within the ruins area of Vijayanagara. It was the former capital of the Vijayanagara empire. Predating the city of Vijayanagara, this village continues to be an important religious centre, having the Virupaksha Temple. The village of Hampi contains many other monuments belonging to the old city. It extends into some of the old ceremonial streets of Vijayanagara.
Hampi has an epical history as the capital city of Kishkindha, the monkey kingdom during the period of Ramayana and an emperical history as the capital city of the Vijayanagara Empire. Kishkindha was ruled by the monkey kings, Vali and Sugriva. the Anjanadri hillock has a legend attached to it. Anegundi is the birthplace of God Hanuman (Monkey God). Climbing on Anjanadri, there are many monkeys all over the place. There is a God Hanuman temple at the top of the hillock. It is a steep climb of 700 or so steps up a long, winding, whitewashed path.