Ballari has seen a long line of rulers - the Mauryas, the Satavahanas, the Pallavas, the Kadambas, the Badami Chalukyas, the Rashtrakutas, the Kalyani Chalukyans, the Southern Kalachuryas, the Sevuna Yadavas, the Hoysalas, and the Cholas including in more recent times, the heads of the state. So it comes as no surprise that Ballari, despite being a progressive industrial district, still has the airs and graces of a forgotten time. It's stark, rocky landscape acts as a dramatic backdrop to time's eternal tableau at Hampi. The erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagara Empire, Hampi holds court as the Golden Era: fourteenth and fifteen century edifices shrug a casual shoulder at time and look like they plan on being around for a good many centuries, like they've done so far. The Ballari Fort, as a sort of reconfirmation that time does stand still in these parts, likewise stands sentinel upon the Ballari Gudda as it has stood for centuries. It's perhaps, this trick of time that inspires Ballari to stay true to the memory of what it has been than what it can be.