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Road Trip To Hampi- UNESCO World Heritage Site Day 2

Day 2 in Hampi started with a good breakfast at The Hotel Hampi International. This hotel had a buffet as well as ala-carte options for breakfast. We just ordered some crispy dosas and soft fluffy idlis. After having breakfast, we headed off to explore the architectural wonders of the town Hampi.

The stone chariots, Musical pillars and the intricately carved temple complex of the Vijaya Vittala Temple was a place which I was most excited to visit. The Vijaya Vittala Temple is the grandest of all temples and monuments in Hampi. This temple was built in the 15th century during the reign of King Devaraya Ⅱ The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the form of Vittala. 

The Temple complex has many structures such as Maha Mantapa, Ranga Mantapa, Kalyan Mantapa, Utsav Mantapa and the famous stone chariot.

The Ranga Mantapa is well known for its 56 musical pillars. These are even called the SaReGaMa pillars. If you tap the pillars gently, you can hear the musical notes.

In front of the temple is the spectacular stone chariot or the ratha. The chariot was built in the 16th century by the King Krishnadevraya. The chariot is a shrine dedicated to Garuda.  The base on which the chariot rests depicts mythical battle scenes. The Government of India has printed the stone chariot on a 50 ₹ note.

At the entrance of the temple, there are battery-operated buggies that take visitors to the temple. Each passenger is charged 20 ₹ per person. The temple timings are from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and is open every day of the week.

I had draped an orange and pink linen saree with shells on its pallu. This saree is from the shop Byloom in Kolkata. I am draping a saree for the first time on a trip whilst sight-seeing. Being in a saree at 40 °C was quite an experience. Inspite of the heat, I felt like a queen from the bygone era in this bright and beautiful saree, strolling through ancient temple ruins . 

About 6kms from Vijaya Vittala temple is the Queen’s bath. When I entered the ruins of an ornate, historic bathing chamber used by the king and his wives, it felt like I was in a different era. This pool used to be filled with perfumed water and fragrant flowers. The pool is surrounded by a graciously carved arched corridor with balconies overlooking the pool. 

The 8 feet statue of Lord Ganesha caught our attention on our way back to our hotel. The Saasivekalu Ganesha Temple is a huge statue of the Lord Ganesha, carved out of a single block of rock. The inscription on the statue is as old as 1500 AD. 

We went back to our hotel for relaxing in the afternoon. After a quick cat nap and enjoying a hot cup of tea we were feeling fresh and rejuvenated for our evening trip to the Virupaksha temple.

The Virupaksha temple is believed to be functioning uninterruptedly ever since its inception in the 7th century. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are inscriptions about Lord Shiva from the 9th century. It is a famous pilgrimage site as well as a popular tourist spot.

As I approached the temple I could hear peaceful bhajans being played. The center of the courtyard was lit by many diyas. The main temple is carved in stone, and its walls, pillars, panels and columns are beautifully carved depicting episodes from Shiva’s life. 

The Virupaksha temple is open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. It’s open on all days of the week. 

Hampi you were treat to my eyes and my soul !! Subscribe to my blog and youtube channel for more such travel blog posts and videos.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Shobha Pai says:

    Brilliant and informative post! Very beautiful pics

  2. Shobha Pai says:

    Brilliant and informative post.Very beautiful pics

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