Where were we!!!
We had just entered Hampi.
Previously, the rooms at Malligi-Hospet were told to be full on inquiring, but in reality there were plenty of them.
The rooms Basic ones costed 450/-, while the deluxe ones-2200/- , Suite costed 4000/-.
We took the basic ones, as most of the time we will be at Hampi, so no point in going for deluxe rooms.
The amenities are decent.
The first half of day went in travelling. Day 1:
Evening we went for a short spin to Hampi's Virupaksha temple.
It is where recently the shops in and around the temple were removed,as they had occupied temple ruins by building the shops on the ruins.
As its a world Heritage site, after UNESCO's intervention since 1994.
Drastic measures are being taken to save the temple.
We hired a guide, he started us explaining in and around the temple.
This is where the history of Vijayanagara empire begins. On the way to Virupaksha temple This is where the Britania's recent AD was made Ruins of Krishna Temple Ruins of Krishna Temple Gopuram of Virupaksha(Lord Shiva) Temple
Front Side Backside Our Guide-Mallikarjuna
It is said that diamonds and precious stones were sold in open street.
They were known as Paan Supaari streets.
There were no lockers to guard the diamonds, it was beleived lord Virupaksha is seeing every where.
So much was the trust among people.
This one sculpture has 7
animals in it.(The lowest being Crocodile, the Upper one being Lion, in the middle elephant, Rest of them were ruined during the Muslim evasion of Deccans) The Sandalwood paste were being made about 500 litres at a time. The era of Vijayanagra Samrajya(Dynasty) Oil paintings made in those days in 3D Lord Virupaksha
(This is how lord Shiva in the temple looks)
More to Come....