How Hampi Made Ancient India Prosperous

An Empire Diaries ground-report on how and why Hampi was at the epicentre of the Vijayanagara Empire's economic success.

How Hampi Made Ancient India Prosperous

Nadim Siraj

May 3, 2024: In the heart of Karnataka lies the silent witness to a bygone era – the ruins of Hampi Bazaar. Once bustling with the vibrant energy of trade and commerce, today it stands as a solemn reminder of the glorious past of the Vijayanagara Empire.

Our ground report delves into the rich history of Hampi, a city that was not only the pride of ancient India but also a global economic powerhouse. During its zenith, Hampi was the world’s second-largest city and held the esteemed position of being the second most economically powerful city, second only to Beijing.

The prosperity of Hampi was not a stroke of luck but a result of meticulous economic policies implemented at that time, as documented in Vijayanagar Empire history. The Indian empire maintained a remarkable trade surplus, ensuring the continuous growth and wealth of the region. Hampi, as the economic epicentre, played a pivotal role in sustaining the empire’s fortunes.

However, as time passed, the echoes of prosperity faded, and Hampi succumbed to the ravages of time. Today, it stands as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its once-grand structures now mere remnants of a glorious past.

In our video, we draw parallels between the rise and fall of Hampi and the modern-day economic landscape of India. We emphasize the importance of learning from history, urging today’s decision-makers in economy and finance to heed the lessons of Hampi. Just as the Vijayanagara Empire history thrived on a foundation of economic prudence, modern India can strive for greatness by ensuring sustainable economic practices.

Join us on a journey through time as we uncover the lost glory of Hampi Bazaar and contemplate the lessons it holds for the future of India’s economic prosperity.

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