Tuesday, February 2, 2010
My Hampi visit
We a small group of 10 reached Bellary early morning. We freshened up &had our breakfast in a teammate’s house after that we left Bellary moved to Mantralaya and had grace of Guru Raghavendra Swamy. Last year we cancelled this trip because of heavy flood in this area; our driver told some interesting incidents about last flood which occurred in 2009.
We reached Hospet at around 10pm.This time whole trip was organized and taken care by Mrs. Renuka Ramesh Kamath. We had a very comfortable shelter & very good food because of her influence. Next day morning we reached Hampi, some of our teammates had already visited this place. So one by one we visited some important places, it is a very huge temple complex and very beautiful it would take at least a three whole days to see the place completely.
The weather is very hot, dry & very dusty Hospet is a complete mining area iron ores around has made this place a complete dry place though it's very beautiful, Indian Government has spent a lot on this place & even archaeology & Karnataka tourism department proudly projects about heritage India and how all our precious temples have been restored their places and well protected & improved Hampi some places they have done a great job but still so many temples are falling apart ,roads to these places are in a very bad condition hardly any shelter from the scorching heat and availability of even water or food is a dream.
We visited Virupaksha temple, Vittal temple, Beautiful market streets, Lotus (Kamla) temple, Mahanavami Dibba, Beautiful puskarini’s & artistic steps tanks, Anjaneya temple, Ugra Narasimha, Stone chariot, Elephant stables, Hajara Ramaswami temple, Kings balance place,Mustard Ganesh, Sisters stones, Badavi Linga etc.
Due to lack of time and the heat we took some light snacks instead of lunch some of our teammates enjoyed in Tungabadhra River with coracle ferry ride. On the way back a beautiful Sunset on Tungabadhra dam a wonderful sight to behold completed our long trip.