As you skim towards the older portions of Hampi's history, it appears as if history often gives way to folklore and then deftly glides into to mythology .

The typical version Hampi's history starts with a popular folklore. Two local chieftains, Hakka & Bukka , reports to their guru an unusual sight they saw during a hunting expedition. A hare chased by their hound suddenly turns courageous and start chasing back the hound.

Vidyaranya, the guru, tells them that the place is so special and asks them to establish theirs local capital at this place. The seed of an empire was sown.

Over the next 200 plus years (1336 AD 1565 AD) four dynasties ruled Vijayanagar.