I want to live here. I want to take transfer to the nearest branch and move to this magnificent city. It is the third and last day of our explorations at Hampi, for now. We have to visit a couple of spots before heading to our next destination.
I thought we had seen it all, but many more surprises lay in store for us.
Malayavanta Raghunath Temple – This 16th century temple was built around a huge boulder on Malayavantha hill. The temple is famous because it is said, when Lord Rama and Lakshmana where in search of Devi Sita they the spent rainy season here. The temple has two enormous gates on the East and West side. It’s far away from the city, a secluded and peaceful one. The way to the Malyavata Temple is scenic and adventurous.
FYI; There is a way to the top of Malyavanta rock. We did try to climb but it was an arduous task and we gave up.
Talarigatta Gate – or the Toll Collection Point is located to the North-East of the city. It leads to the river and was part of the fortification wall.
Vijaya Vittala Temple – We were told to park our ride about 1.5 kms from the temple. Thereon we can either walk or take an electric car to the temple. Even though the ride is enjoyable, we suggest walking to the temple and the talking a ride back because there are a few spots on the way where you can stop for visit, most important one being Pushkarni or Vittala Bazaar.
- Vittala Bazaar – this bazaar is very long and vast with endless shops as far as one can see. It is nearly 945 mtrs long and 40 mtrs wide. It shows the importance of Vijaya Vittaal Temple as most of the business was conducted here in this bazaar. It is more like a modern day mall with everything you want available at one place.
The Vittala Temple represents the highest landmark of Vijayanagar style and architecture. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is one of the largest temples built under the patronage of King Devaraya II and the additions made by King Krishnadevaraya.
- The Stone Chariot – at the entrance of the temple, a reproduction of a wooden chariot is perhaps the most stunning achievement. It is a world famous site with Vijayanagar architecture at its best. Words are not enough to describe its beauty, one can just capture it in their eyes. It is actually a Garuda Mantap, just like a Nandi statue in front of Shiva Temple. It is built using rough granite blocks. It even features on the reverse side of new 50 rupee Currency notes.
The Vittala temple has a mantapa on the southwest of the temple with hundred pillars which is carved with depiction of Lord Vishnu and his other forms. The temple was famous for music, dance, art and architecture. There is a hall called Nada Mantapa in the temple compound. Each pillar of this hall gives distinct Seven Sounds or “Saptaswara”. We did not believe it but after hearing it with our own ears we were astonished. There are also other halls like Kalyana Matap (Marriage Hall), Utsava Matapa(Festival Hall).
After visiting Vittala Temple most of the tourists return back via Electric Cars, but if one wants to visit the hidden spots of Hampi, one has to take a long and arduous walk. We suggest carrying water and food for the journey as there are no shops on the road ahead.
It is a muddy road on which we find very few travellers. The view here is scenic and breathtaking; one can truly enjoy the quietness of the ruins. This road ultimately leads to the Virupaksha Temple and Kings Palace but the walk is too long. There many famous and important spots on the way. We will mention a few:
- Kings Balance – During fairs and festivals a scale was tied for “Tulabhara” or weighing. It was supposedly used to weigh the King against flowers, fruits, grains, gold, diamonds etc. to be given as charity. Saurabh wanted to put me on the scale to weigh against gold, sadly the weighing scales were rusted and gone to dust. Now only the outer structure remains.
- Vyasaraya Mutt – Vysaraya was the disciple of Sripadaraja, he accepted sainthood in his childhood and became a Vyasatirtha, and he was given a Rajapadavi (Royal Status). He established a Vidyapeeta here and gave education to thousands of students on the banks of Tungabhadara River. This was an ideal spot for the students to receive knowledge.
- The Achyutaraya Temple – was built by King Achyutharaya and named after him. Also known as Tiruvengalanatha Temple named after Tiruvengalanatha God. Located at the foot of the Matanga Hill, the temple complex is enclosed with two “Prakaras” or walls. The inner Prakara has three Mahadwaras while outside Prakara has only one Mahadwara.
The bazaar outside the temple is known as Achyutha Bazaar, the bazaar was famous for prostitution during those times.
- Rushyamooka Hill– On the opposite bank of the Tungabhadara river is the Rushyamooka Hill. It is said that Sugreeva took refuge here from his brother Vali.
There are many other temples on this road, we visited a few and then returned back to Vijaya Vittala temple.
Our Hampi Leg of the journey is over but we have a long road ahead. We are going to Vijayapura(Bijapur). On the way we plan to visit the famous T.B. Dam.
Tungabhadra River originates in the Sahyadri mountains and is a combination of Tunga and Bhadra rivers. The dam was built in 1942 A D under British government by Mr. Aurthur hope. It is 32 mtrs tall and 1 km long.
To visit the dam we have to go back to Hosapete city, all though Google shows the Dam to be 26 Kms from the city kindly don’t follow it. The entrance to the Dam is just in the outskirts of Hosapete city. There we have to park our ride and either take a bus or walk up to the Dam. The bus directly took us to the topmost point of the dam where we could see the scenic view of the dam. The wind blowing here is ferocious and one has to hold on to their cameras. While coming back we took another bus and got down in between where actual Dam is. We are not allowed to enter the Dam due to security purpose but the park next to the Tungabhadra Lake is where we can see the vast expanse of the lake.
From here one can either walk down or wait for the next bus. We walked down. Next to the parking stand is a Stone park for general amusement and playing of families and their children.
After visiting the Dam, we continued our journey to Vijayapura which is approximately 200 kms away. It was late in the evening but the road to Vijayapura is excellent we could cover the distance within 2 – 3 hours.
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