Gaṅgādevī draws a vivid and fantastic picture of Vijayā, King Kampa’s capital city. What her description of the city lacks in specific historical and geographical detail is more than made up for by the visual images she conjures up. Travellers to Hampi – the UNESCO heritage site where the city once stood – will not find it hard to imagine such scenes as these among the far-flung ruins of the city.
सन्ध्यासु यत्र निर्यान्ति जालेभ्यो धूपराजयः ।
trails of incense smoke would race
out of the city’s windows,
as though they were gangs of darkness
frightened into flight at the sight
of the oil lamps standing guard within.
1.59 Gaṅgādevī’s Madhurā Vijaya