Hampi formed one of the core areas of the capital of the Vijayanagara (Karnataka) Empire from 1343 to 1565, The emperor Ashoka's minor rock edicts in Nittur & Udegolan (both in Bellary district) leads one to believe that this region was within the Ashokan kingdom during the 3rd century BCE. The site is significant historically and architecturally. The topography abounds with large stones which have been used to make statues of Hindu deities.
Hampi, India, was home to one of the largest Empires of the World: Vijaynagara Empire. The Hindu temples have resisted the Islamic Invasion although many were destroyed by the invasion. In the year 1325 Muhammad-bin-Tughluq led several attacks towards south India, particularly Hampi. The Vijaynagara Hindu Empire was created to protect India from the Invasions.