Saturday, December 15, 2012

Hampi " The Lotus Mahal "



Lotus Mahal, also known as Kamal Mahal or Chitrangini Mahal is situated in the Zenana Enclosure of the monuments. It is a ticketed monument and a single ticket would let you into the Zenana Enclosure covering several monuments including Elephant Stables. The term Zenana refers to the Women and Zenana Enclosure in general would refer to the Queens’ enclosure along with the servants’ quarters around and private temples. Lotus Mahal is a two storied very symmetric structure exhibiting a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture. The base of the structure depicts a Hindu foundation of stone just like in the temples, typical of Vijayanagara Architecture while the upper superstructure is Islamic in architecture with pyramidal towers instead of regular dome shapes, giving it a Lotus-like look, originating in the name. Also, this is one of the very few buildings that have the plaster intact though it is defaced at several places due to wear and tear, especially; the dampness on the walls is very visible. The exemplary carvings on the pillar arches including those of birds and delicate art work can be very mesmerizing, especially with the Makara Torana on top of these arches that can still be seen on some of them.




The entire monument is surrounded by a fortifying wall which is rectangular in plan. The four corners of the fortifications have watch towers that would have been used to keep an eye on the intruders into the Womens’ chambers. While it was a very popular practice to have Eunuchs hold guards at Queens’ Palaces in the North India, especially during Moghul rule, the existence of such a practice has not come to light in the Vijayanagara kingdom and era. 






Time was 5:00 Pm and the entire group is rushing to see the sunset from cliff top, since it was misty evening closure. Sunset shoot was not so good. By the time we reached the rooms it was 7:30 Pm
Girish Just Stated a Place as “Mango Tree” - It good hotel where the Evening Ambience & food is good. The Hotel is on the Banks of the River Tungabhadra. It was 3rd Day of the full moon day. We just started walking inside where I could see little torch lights stating This way to go to Hotel --- The Moons reflection Just falls on the Rocks of River Tungabhadra and reflects back to the Table where we are sitting with Candle Light. 




Monday, December 10, 2012

Hampi " Mauthanga Hill " - Golden Rays That Surpass the Temple.




By this Rime People know each other in the Group, We have planned to get up at 4:30 AM on 2nd December and climb the Small Hill top for the Sun rise. By this Time we all came out in group it was 5:00 AM . The group was Lead by Girish . It was Pitch Dark on the Base of the Hill.Myself, Vani & Guruva in the front, to find the right trail. The time Nicked 5:20 am the Group reached the Hill top to witness the Sunrise.



Mathanga Hill top “ It Important Site to be Visited ?” One Side of mountain you can see the Ruins of Achyutaraya Temple, other side the Virupaksha Temple.This is how it goes “ Two Huge pillars of  Sanctum with thin ridge which comes and end up with Steps to  Mathanga other side you see the Achyutaraya. Here he Comes in the Distant “ the View of the Sunrise was awesome. “ The Arial view” - There are 3 piece of the picture, Left side of the Tungabhadra River which connects the entrance to the Temple of Achyutaraya, back side of temple with rocky mountain & “Sunrise with orange and reddish Sting rays hits the temples view and the Shadow falls into Deep Heart”  right side end the small stone road which connects our current world with the Past…..




We came down to the room at 8:00 AM, as girish & group planned for wonderful day out. The Entire Group Hired a Non Geared Cycle. We Started the Initial Pedalling to the Van to drop the Language. “Mango Tree – What is that ? – A beautiful Restaurant on the banks of the Tungabhadhara River” Why this Restaurant? We need to walk from the Entrance to the eat out area both side of the pathway covered with Banana Plants and end come the hotel on the river side. The Ambience and food is good here. Post the heavy breakfast the entire group started pedalling to visit Rani Bath, Underground Shiva Temple and royal Enclosure. By this time when we completed the visiting these places the Time was 12:30 Pm. 


 


Hampi - "Achyutaraya Temple" - The beautiful Carvings



One the way back to the Place where we started, two set people were missing. The Cycle got repaired and we had to repair it and be reached late. The places which are yet to covered is Achyutaraya Temple and Vittala Temple, the Group started walking started towards these places.





: The picture perfect goes like this “ Tungabhadra river on the bottom of the Picture – connected to Old aged Bater Street – connected to Achyutaraya Temple Entrance with right side Pushkarani. The ticked 3:40 PM as we had very less time. The group walked in to the past side of “ Achyutaraya – constructed in AD 1534, this temple is an example of Vijayanagara style temple architecture in its most advanced form than any other temples in Hampi. This was one of the last grandiose temple projects executed in the capital, before the fall of the empire. The temple dedicated to Lord Tiruvengalanatha, a form of Vishnu , was constructed by a high officer in AchyutaRaya’s court and hence the name. The temple complex and the ruined market street in front of it sit in a semi secluded valley created by two hills – the Gandhamadana & Mathunga hills.