There was an excitement at the end of our two-day Trip to Goa as we were eagerly looking forward to one of the most popular World Heritage Sites of India – Hampi. This was the trip which we were planning for the last 4 years and was at the top of our wish list but did not fructify even though we had visited Karnataka almost every year.
24/01/2012 : We left GTDC’s Margoa Residency at 6.45 a.m under the impression that it may take some time to get an auto rickshaw or taxi to drop us at Madgaon Railway for catching 7.45 a.m. Vasco-Howrah Express for Hospet. We were pleasantly surprised to get an auto rickshaw immediately. After our umpteen visits to Goa, we had come to conclusion that 7.00 a.m. was too early in Goa for the start of the businesses – be restaurants, shops or even auto rickshaws. Things seem to have changed now for the better. The auto dropped us at Madgaon Railway Station (3kms, Rs.80/-). The train departed on scheduled time. On the way, we saw the famous Doodhsagar fall near Castle Rock railway station. The train reached Hospet around 3.30 p.m. – half an hour late. We picked up an auto rickshaw from the queue outside the railway station for a drop to KTDC’s Hotel Bhuvaneshari at Kamalapur (Rs.150/-, 11 kms). We checked in the hotel at 4.00 p.m.
Since we had about 2 hours at our disposal before the sunset, we retained the auto rickshaw for visiting some famous historical places around Kamalapur. We first visited Bheem Gate and Ganajitti Jain temple complex which were in walking distance from our hotel. These places did not take much time to explore. Next was the Malyavanta Hill which was famous for Raghunatha temple and sunset view. Malyavanta Hill is supposed to be a place where Ram and Lakshman made their temporary abode during the monsoon. Raghunatha temple is located on the summit of Malayvanta Hill. The deities in the temple – Ram Lakshman, Sita and Hanuman are still worshipped here. The backside of the temple complex (western side) leads to a large rocky slab on which reliefs of lingas and nandis are lined parallel to each others. Just 100 m ahead on the rocky path is the place for viewing the settlements around Hampi and more importantly a magnificent sunset in the evening. After viewing the sunset, we returned to our hotel by 6.30 p.m.
Pictures of the day's outing are uploaded below with captions.
A more or less set pattern of carvings was observed on the base of any Mandapas in Hampi. The down panels will have carvings relating to army followed by some carvings of design as we move up followed by carving of bangles and then middle panels will have carvings relating to social activities such as dances, sports, hunting etc.
|isiting inside this Mandapa as it was observed that many musical pillars had been damaged by visitors while trying to hear music by hitting them with hard objects like pebbles.|
Na, it is some kind of sport from one of the far-east countries depicted on one of the pillars of the Mandapas in Vithtala temple complex. Like annual musical and dance festivals, Vijaynagar kingdom used to hold annual sports competitio
|Close up of carvings showing hunting and , wrestling on the side wall of Mahanavami Dibba.|
|A bird's eye view from Mahanavami Dibba. On the left is the top of the stepped well; in the middle is the open stone water channel carry water and on the right is the bathing pool now dried.|
ch dome on the either side of the centre point is different probably depicting Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist architectu
Anjaneya (Hanuman) temple. Almost all the pilgrims who made it to the top were from northern states.
Shikara of Parvati temple located opposite Pampa Sarovar.
The remains of an old stone supported bridge over Tungabhadr