May 21st, 2012 by admin

pampa sarovar

Pampa Sarovar in Sanskrit means Lotus pond. It is located in Anegundi. Pampa Sarovar is surrounded by hilly rocks and on one side are the shrines of Shabari, Ram, Shiva, Vikaylakshmi, Hanuman, Pampa devi, Nandi etc. The temple is located on the body of a hill and if you climb further you will see rock caves. If you carry torch light, you will be able to explore it properly. I explored little bit with my LED torch light.

It is said that Lord Ram accepted help from shabari and on Shabari’s advice he went to meet Sugreeva, Bali’s brother, who was the king of Kishkinda (the then monkey kingdom).

pampa sarovar

Looks like the temple has been renovated. But this kind of historical places need special care for renovation and not just ordinary masonry work. They have whitewashed, plastered and placed granite slabs. In the process many detailed works on stones are lost.

The Pampa sarovar is true to its name as the pond is full with lotus plants. It was almost entirely covered with lotus plants. The color of Lotus is mainly white Lotus. In fact I did not see any other color.

pampa sarovar

How to reach there: Public transport is almost non existent here. So you either have to hire a two wheeler from Hampi, ride to river Tungabhadra – cross the river on a ferry and start your tour in Anegundi. Or you can hire a local auto who at first will ask for exorbitant price. Negotiate hard. A full day tour of Anegundi showing all the important places should not cost more that Rs 300 – 350.

For more detailed information on Pampa Sarovar, visit Priya’s blog.

May 14th, 2012 by admin

Ranganathaswamy Temple, Anegundi

Ranganathswany Temple is the most important temple in Anegundi as it was patronized by the Anegundi kings. The temple is located strategically at the center of the town. Here the main deity is Lord Vishnu who reclines on a serpent called Adisesha. The temple also houses goddess Lakshmi and Bhoodevi (mother earth). At the entrance of the temple we can see a brass tower which is typical of south Indian temples.

Ranganathaswamy Temple, Anegundi

In front of the temple on the other side of the road is a wooden chariot which is used for procession of Lord Ranganatha during Ranganatha festival in April every year.

Ranganathaswamy Temple, Anegundi

Ranganathaswamy Temple, Anegundi

May 10th, 2012 by admin

The first thing we saw in Anegundi after crossing Tungabhadra river is Huchhappaya Matt. It is a few minutes walk from the river bank. From the circle, one need to take the right hand road.  Here a sage named Huchchappaiah mediated here and hence the name. The temple has ornamental carved pillars from black granite stones.  The green surrounding of the temple gives a very peaceful feelings.

Though apart from that nothing much to see here, we sat for sometime enjoying wind breeze and doing some nice photo session.

For more pictures on Hampi and Anegundi visit: Travelingbeats Photo Gallery.

April 30th, 2012 by admin

The Vittala temple in Hampi, represents the highest form of Vijaynagara style of art and architecture. Vittala is the Krishna aspect of Lord Vishnu. The temple is located at the bank of Tungabhadra river. There are two ways to reach Vittala temple:

1. Little before the Monolithic bull take a left turn for the riverside path and keep walking besides Tungabhadra river to reach Vittala temple. We took this route. It is very adventurous and probably one of the best walk trails. On the way you will also see various temples and structures.

2. Through Kamalapur. If anyone is unable to walk then one to reach Vittala temple via Kamalapur. The vehicles will stop at a parking lot and from here battery operated vehicles ferry the passengers. One way per person cost is Rs 10. To reach the parking lot Auto, bus and private vehicles are available.

It is one of the largest temples of that period, built under the patronage of Devaraya II (1422 – 46 AD). Substantial portion of the present structure were added during the reign of Krishnadevaraya (1509 – 1529 AD). The hundred pillared mantapa (pavilion) to the south west of the main temple and the eastern and northern gateways carved with deceptions of Vishnu and his other forms are attributed to Krishnadevaraya and his queens.

The temple is built on a sculpted ornate plinth. The composite pillars of the sabha mantapa (congregation hall) are massive, hewn out of a single granite blocks, which are designed as clusters of slender pillars. Some of these when tapped gently, produces musical notes. to the northern bay of the sabha mantapa is the Narashima mantapa where a pillar has a sculpture of a Yogavarada Narashima and various other forms.

The stone chariot at the entrance, a reproduction of the processional wooden chariot is perhaps the most stunning achievement, typical of the Vijaynagara period. It houses an image of the Garuda, the vehicle of Lord Vishnu. The ornate Kalyana Mantapa (marriage hall), Utsava mantava (festival hall), and devi shrines completes the ensembles of the temple complex.

Outside the temple, to the east is a huge bazaar measuring 945 meters in length and 40 meters in width leading to a sacred tank called Lokapavani.

Entrance to Vittala temple is paid. Entrance fee per person is Rs 10 (Indian) and $5 foreigners. Entrance fee below age of 15 years is free. There is no fee for still photography but for videography fee is Rs 25.

Timings: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm

It is advisable to visit here in the first hours of the day so that you can see it peacefully and take good photographs. Once the crowd builds up, it is very difficult to take photographs. Also, may be we can skip visiting on Sunday.

To view the complete set of pictures visit, Travelingbeats Photo Gallery.

April 19th, 2012 by admin

King's Balance, hampi

The King’s balance is located near the Courtesans’ street and it is found on the way to Vittala temple in Hampi. The balance is a special one as it is about 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide. The balance is made up of granite rock and it was probably built by the Krishna Devaraya of the Vijaynagar empire. It has nice ornamental work and three small gopuras (towers) on the top. On one side of the pillar there is a image of the king with his consorts.

It is said that the king used to weigh himself against gold, silver and precious gems during special occasions and were distributed to the needy and Brahmins.

April 16th, 2012 by admin

Achutaraya temple, Hampi

Achutaraya temple is a hidden jewel in Hampi. It is located in a valley created by Gandhamadana hill and Mantunga hill. It is secluded from the main Hampi area by these huge stone boulder hills. Achutaraya temple was built during the reign of King Achuta Deva Raya (1530-1542) of Vijaynagar empire by one of the officers of his court. Hence, this temple is known by the name of Achutaraya temple and is dedicated to Lord Thiruvengalanatha (Vishnu).

Achutaraya temple, Hampi

We reached the temple by climbing the steps besides monolithic bull which is opposite to Virupaksha temple. Once we went past to the other side of the hill, we were amazed to the sight of Achutaraya temple and surroundings. There is another way by taking Kumpa Bhupa path (Tungabhadra riverside path) and after reaching Kodanda Rama temple or King’s balance take a right turn. There are signboards through out the way. The temple has three entrances and it consists of garbagriha, sukanasi, an Antarala, a rangamantapa and a spacious mahamantapa. Within the complex to the south west of the main temple is the devi shrine.

Achutaraya temple, Hampi

The temple complex is enclosed with two prakaras (enclosures). The outer prakara has one mahadwara (main door), most imposing on the north. The inner side of the prakaras are a series of mantapas with pillars in the facade. From the front of the northern main door runs the Achutarayapete with a series of pillared mantapas on both sides. This is also know as Courtesans’ street.

Achutaraya temple, Hampi

At the backyard of Achutaraya temple, one can sit quietly in the shade of pillared mantapas, enjoying the cool breeze and peace of mind. This temple is typically less crowded. I saw a little bit of restoration work has been done on the main shrine.

Achutaraya temple, Hampi

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