Underground Shiva Temple, Hampi

Also known as Prasanna Virupaksha temple is one of oldest temples in Hampi. Built during the reign of the Vijayanagara Empire, the temple is located near the main road to Hampi bus stand and close to the Noblemen’s quarters after Chandikesvara temple History of Prasanna Virupaksha Temple, Hampi The Prasanna Virupaksha temple dates back to the 14th century…

Lakshmi Narasimha Statue, Hampi

The Lakshmi Narasimha statue is one of the most imposing sculptures found in the ruined town of Hampi. The speciality of the sculpture is that it is the largest monolith statue in Hampi. The statue is located on the southern side of the Hemakuta group of temples that stand on the Hemakuta Hill. This gigantic stone structure…

Elephant Stables, Hampi

Located outside the Zenana Enclosure, on the East, is an oblong structure of considerable size, called the Elephant stables. The elephant stable is a long building with a rectangular shape. The building has a row of eleven huge domed chambers. Each chamber is large enough to accommodate two elephants at a time. The domed chambers…

Sasivekalu Ganesha, Hampi

This four handed giant statue of Ganesha is a fine example of the Vijayanagara’s artistic skills. Thanks to the resemblance the giant monolithic Ganesha statue is locally called Sasivekalu (mustard seed) Ganesha. This is located on the southern foothill of the Hemakuta Hill. In Hindu mythology Lord Ganesha (also known as Ganapathi or Vinayaka) is…

Kadalekalu Ganesha, Hampi

Situated on the slope of the Hemakuta hill in the city of Hampi, the Kadalekalu Ganesha temple is a perfect example of the Vijayanagar style of architecture. This giant statue of Ganesha was carved out of a huge boulder at the northeastern slope of the Hemakuta hill. The belly of this statue resembles a Bengal…

Badavilinga Temple, Hampi

The Badavilinga Temple in Hampi has the largest monolithic Shiva Linga in Hampi. The Shiva Linga has a three eye mark drawn on it in line carving. The three eye mark depicts the three eyes of Lord Shiva. The beautiful Linga is made of black stone. It has a height of 3 meters. It is…

Discover Hampi – A Photographer’s Dream Destination

Speaking of immersive experiences, one destination that truly left me spellbound the first time i visited Hampi in Karnataka. This UNESCO World Heritage site was once the capital of the mighty Vijayanagara Empire and if you haven’t been here already i definitely recommend it — especially if you are photographically inclined. The austere and grandiose site of…

Hampi – Ramayana To Vijaynagara

Tucked within majestic boulders, and heavily laden with culture and history is the lazy hamlet of Hampi. The Lonely Planet describes the place as – “A fantasy world of rocks and ruins”. Well, it’s more real than fantasy, a world that was once covered with richness and grandeur, now lies as a devastated beauty. On…

Bridges of Rajahmundry

The course of Godavari has some amazing scenes and where better to behold her beauty than at Rajahmundry where she flows in all her might as the Akhanda Godavari. Kovvur-Rajahmundry Bridge: The Godavari Bridge or Kovvur-Rajahmundry Bridge is a truss bridge spanning Godavari river in Rajahmundry, India. It is Asia’s second longest road-cum-rail bridge crossing…

Silathoranam , Tirumala

Sila Thoranam literally means ‘garland or festoon of rocks’. It is a natural stone arch which was found by archeologists excavating a geological fault in the area. Located just around 1.5 km from the Venkateswara temple, this arch is naturally compared to the divine serpent Adishesha. However, the arch is much more interesting than the legends…