Hampi day 2 : Vijayanagara Civilization
Posted on December 5, 2014 by qidran
most structures in Hampi are carved on a one-piece boulder
notice that the right tusk is broken , and on of the right hands of Ganesh
holds the tusk.
One popular story to account for the dark spot on the moon is that Ganesha ,
once filled with food ( hence the pot belly )
fell from his mouse ( Ganesh sits on a mouse , as the mouse is his transport )
and broke his stomach
( hence the stitch lines across his stomach in this statue to repair his stomach )
Chandra the moon laughed at this, at which Ganesha
injured him by breaking off and throwing one of his tusks;
and cursed him so that it would be forbidden to behold Chandra
on Ganesh Chaturthi .
also notice that one of the left hands has has different color.
this is not the original hand from the same boulder carved , as when Hampi
was invaded , the hand was cut . on excavation they found the real hand and
was put back in place , but some said the hand was again stolen.
hence they replace the hand with a hand made of clay , jaggery and eggs ,
giving it a different colour from the original statue.
Krishna has 8 wives and 12000 girlfriends.
has Chinese influence in reddish color.
Largest statue in Hampi carved on one single stone.
as what was told by my guide , this is the symbol of men and women.
the top cylinder represents the penis , while the base represents vagina.
the water surrounding the stucture represents fertility.
costs us Rs10 per person one way.
usually foreign tourist pass will cost around Rs250
when invaded , the statues are purposedly to be partially damaged ,
so that the statues remain standing but loses it's ' power ' .
at the bottom was carvings depicting the horse trading business of Hampi
with various kingdoms all over the world.
in one carving , depending on the angle that we see it.
Hampi is the birth place of Hanuman the monkey god.
avoid going to Hampi in summer ( may-july ) .
in January festivals will be held in Hampi.
it's advisable to hire tour guide as well.
places in Hampi are easily reachable , but
we need experienced guide to tell the stories behind the strucutures
to make the trip more worthy.
one of the few temple still in use ( as others are destroyed and abandoned )
but this temple at Matunga Hill is the only Hindu temple that
has Rama in sitting position.
from Ramayana Epic ,
Rama took a rest here ( hence the sitting position ) while Hanuman
continues the journey to Sri Lanka to rescue Rama's wife Sita
that was abducted by the evil Ravana.
according to Hindus , Hampi is the playing ground for Hanuman and
he arranged the boulders there.
But archeological studies found that the whole place used to be underwater
before Hampi civilization was built ,
and the boulders are arranged in such positions by the waves in the ocean.
Luxury swimming pool for the queen.
the place is surrounded by crocodiles outside for safety ,
while the queen takes a bath inside with live music and rose petals.
water are pumped to the higher floor , and supplied downwards to the
ground floor with clay pipes. while water is flowing down , small holes
made in the clay pipes sprays water droplets arount the castle ,
working as an air conditioner.
the place where the king keeps his elephants.
story said that the middle portions is the place for the king's
special Albino Elephant.
another 5 hours return trip back to Belgaum.
Day 1 Part I : en route ( click here )
Day 1 Part II : Hemakuta Hill ( click here )
Hampi , Karnataka , India
special thanks to Odeng of Belgaum for organizing this trip.