The Sacred Center of Hampi Temple – Where History and Mythology Live Together
|A Guide and Tourist at Sacred Center of Hampi Temple|
The temple is devoted to Shiva and has many small shrines inside the complex in typical south Indian style of temples with each shrine dedicated to one of the gods, anybody with knowledge of Indian mythology will know that we have no dearth of gods. We have one god for everything right from creating the universe as Brahma to nurturing it as Vishnu and finally to destroy it as Shiva, only to recreate a better world once again. I really liked a small shrine with three Nandi idols (Nandi =A sacred bull who is used by Shiva to ride), adoringly looking at the deity of the main temple. I just loved the concept of Nandi idol in front of the gods so that they can have his darshan (holy view) eternally. This reminded me of Krishna Deva Raya’s idol at Tirupathi in front of lord Venkateshwara. What appears to me is that at some stage there was a shift from Shiva worship to Vishnu as a lot of shrines are dedicated to either Vishnu or one of his incarnations.
|Sacred Center Seen From Hill Top|
Another attraction of the temple is the hollow pillars that resonate with the sound of drums if you tap on them. It seems the main hall at one time also had performances by musicians and dancers in honor of the gods.
One side of the courtyard there is an abandoned Stable where horses and elephants used to live at one point in time, but today only one young Elephant called Laxmi lives with her mahout there. Luxmi is trained to pick rupees and coins from the hands of visitors and touch them with her trunk to offer the blessings on behalf of the gods; well she is minting money for her mahout. I hope he takes good care of her. Each one of us got our share of blessings from the resident pachyderm in exchange of Rs 10 each.
Every single stone in the temple narrates a story from Indian mythology. You actually need many days if you want to study and photograph even the top 1% of the stones. Even the roof at some point in time would have been very beautiful as even today one can see portions of intricate paintings done on the roof. Remember these temples are more than 1000 years old which makes work of Michelangelo pretty modern.
|3 Nandis Blessed With Eternal Darshan|
|Hanuman from a scene in Ramayana In Stone|
We were so busy clicking pictures of the temple complex and ruins in the sunset that we totally forgot about visiting the Royal center and by the time we reached there it were totally dark we tried to click some pictures using flash but the results were not very good. We regretted our decision to visit the Dam in the morning before lunch, I would suggest if you are in Hampi to look at the temple and other monuments you can actually skip this dam as it is like any other dam, only when we visited it was overflowing.
|The Ruins of Hampi|
|Sunset from Ruins of Hampi|
The annual Hampi festival is in November and it will be a go there. What are your plans for November? It will be a good time to visit Hampi with pleasant weather and festivities all around you. Thanks for visiting do like our Facebook page by clicking here
|Time Stands Still In Hampi
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