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Pilgrims at Virupaksha Temple. Photo: Sarah Kenderdine.

Pilgrim at Hampi during the dance of Virupaksha. Photo: Sarah Kenderdine.

Integrated Management Plan:
A definitive summary of conservation and management issues at Hampi has been written by eminent conservation architect and academician and Professor of Architectural Conservation, from New Delhi. Prof. Nalini. M. Thakur. In Hampi World Heritage site: Monuments, Site or Cultural Landscape Professor Thakur demonstrates that the site lends itself to its redefinition as a cultural landscape rather than simply a Group of Monuments, which is better for safeguarding the Outstanding Universal Values.

As a part of a long-term strategy, the UNESCO inscription will be changed to that of a ‘Cultural Landscape’ but this Management Plan will pave the way. Hampi was primarily chosen for its religious significance, association with the natural landscape and it being the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. It is represented coherently by the physical, spatial and cultural resource remains — “an exceptional balance of man and nature”.

In July 10, 2006 Hampi was removed from List of World Heritage in Danger .