Vittala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka

Hampi is a village in Karnataka, India. It is located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara empire. The village of Hampi contains several monuments belonging to the old city. It extends into some of the old ceremonial streets of Vijayanagara.Β  The Vijayanagara ruins are listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi as a UNESCO World Heritage Site [courtesy Wikipedia]

I got a LOT of shots of this wonderful city, it’s a MUST VISIT for absolutely everyone. I’ll start with Vittala Temple. It is situated northeast of Hampi, opposite the village of Anegondi, and is one of the principal monuments of the city. It is dedicated to Vittala, an aspect of Vishnu worshipped in the Maratha country. It is believed to date from the 16th century.

Marketplace outside Vittala Temple

Marketplace outside Vittala Temple

Inside the temple premises

Inside the temple premises

One of the notable features of the Vittala Temple is the musical pillars. Each of the pillars that support the roof of the main temple is supported by a pillar representing a musical instrument, and is constructed as 7 minor pillars arranged around a main pillar. These 7 pillars, when struck, emanate the 7 notes from the representative instrument, varying in sound quality based on whether it represents a wind, string or percussion instrument.

Musical Pillars, Vittala Temple

Musical Pillars, Vittala Temple

Full view of marketplace

Full view of marketplace

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8 comments

  1. Tnelson · October 1, 2009

    Hey, great blog…but I don’t understand how to add your site in my rss reader. Can you Help me, please πŸ™‚

  2. Divjot · October 1, 2009

    Tenali Raman was from this Vijaynagar empire, rite? As far as i recall my childhood.

    • Sonali · October 1, 2009

      Really? I didn’t know that…But I just wiki’ed it and it does say that he belonged to the Vijayanagara empire. Cool memory Dj-san πŸ™‚

      • Divjot · October 1, 2009

        I just came to know that “The Adventures of Tenali Raman” airs on Cartoon Network. You can see it after you watch Dexter’s laboratory! πŸ™‚

    • Sonali · October 1, 2009

      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Ok thanks for the fyi πŸ˜‰

  3. Cheshire Cat · October 2, 2009

    Anonymity, even pretended, has it’s pros. I hope you observe the farce, if only to retain an ardent fan.
    I assume that you were pretty awed by what you saw at Hampi. Even by the standards of the well traveled, it is a marvel- and that in it’s own time.
    It is but a figment of what was, that we see today, remaining relatively unscathed.
    It is true Tenali Rama(n) was of the court of Krishna Deva Raya and that the very same court consisted of many other prize gems of literary, poetic and other accomplishments not unlike the court of one Jalaluddin Akbar.
    It is also true that echoes of an empire that stood for a philosophical fusion of two estranged religions, much like Dalrymple’s vaunted Mughal Delhi, are now only available in the vestiges of what architecture is left- sometimes literally, as you would have doubtless seen in the chiming columns.
    Observe the zenana (haram) or the kunjarashala (elephant stable) where you will see arches (a distinctly Persian addition to Indian architecture) dominate a building that belonged to a predominantly ‘Hindu kingdom’- the very last of that variety, if Naipaul is anyone to go by.
    I am prone to waxing wistful about an empire that, in all its failings, is the greatest cultural pinnacle of my race of people. Such finery as musical pillars are scarce in the history of human civilizations. Apologies.

    • Sonali · October 2, 2009

      Saw all of these and the 2 days I spent there seemed awfully less for a place like Hampi. I was however surprised that given the majesty of the place, it’s still not a popular tourist destination amongst Indians (maybe in south India it is but I’d never heard of it before coming to Hyderabad). The tourist population is predominantly comprised of foreigners. But perhaps it’s for the best…tourists have the knack for ruining a place in it’s entirety.

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