Our visit to Hampi in Karnataka by Vimala Kayetha

Our memorable journey to Hampi from Banglore. We started our journey from Bangalore and reached Hampi. It is an ancient village, on the south bank of the River Tungabhadra which had its glory as the capital city of during the Vijayanagara empire. The famous temples here are Virupaksha Temple, Vithala Temple, and Nandi Statue. The Vijaya Vittala temple was known for its spectacular architecture, where the temple was built in a chariot with a single rock. Hampi has enjoyed its glory in the golden era of Vijayanagara rulers.

The Nandi statue was a masterpiece of its kind. The stone carving was so beautiful that I touched the jewelry designs around the neck of the Nandi statue as if they were real.

Wow !!! how beautiful was the sculpture, I went round about the chariot twice or thrice looking at the splendid architecture, built in a single rock.

After our lunch, we went to Yantrodharaka Hanuman Temple. As it was afternoon, we need to wait for the temple to open. This temple is a part of a cave standing at the peak of a hill. The Tungabhadra river flows through the steps of this hill. The statue of Hanuman in this temple is in a deep meditation posture.

Then our journey headed towards the Hippie island. Virapapur Gadde is a small island located across the Tungabhadra River. We spent some time relaxing with some snacks and tea at one of the restaurants.

We enjoyed the day, need to relax. Just reach our lodge and had a peaceful sleep cherishing what we visited for the day.

The next morning was a very fresh move towards the Thungabhadra river, where we enjoyed the boat ride, it's not the regular steamers but coracles, circular boats that can carry five to six people at a time. It seemed to be adventurous to us, but it's a delayed routine for the people living there and had our breakfast.

In Hampi, the most magnificent of all the religious statues is the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple. Lord Narasimha sits on a coil of a snake with seven heads in a Yoga position. As all the statues of Narashimsa, this statue also has the goddess Lakshmi on his lap.

We had our lunch at the laughing Buddha cafe, which runs with very different theme of dining with soothing music and lip-smacking Israeli food. 

We had a little shopping at the market street stretching a kilometer long. We got a chance to witness the handcraft of the local people.

Cherishing the beautiful moments we had on the journey, we return to our homes. It was a great changeover for all of us, relaxing our bodies and brains.

- Vimala Kayetha

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