Hampi, the capital of Vijayanagar Empire(1336 A.D–1646 A.D) , was a vibrant center of trade where Arabian horses were bought for diamonds from Golkonda mines – the largest producer of diamonds in those times. Perhaps it was also known for its brothels, as these images on the main Gopura Itower) of Virupaksha Temple proclaim.

Indian temples were more than places of worship, they were also archives recording the prevailing social conditions.

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