Posts tagged ‘South India’
The Vittala Temple, situated northeast of Hampi, is one of the principal monuments of the city. The temple is believed to date from the 16th century and is dedicated to Vittala, an aspect of Vishnu worshipped in the Maratha country.
One of the main draws to the Vittala Temple is the musical pillars. Each pillar represents a musical instrument, and is constructed in a cluster of 7 minor pillars arranged around a main pillar. These 7 pillars, when struck, emanate the 7 notes from the representative instrument, varying in sound quality based on whether it represents a wind, string or percussion instrument.
The austere and enduring remains of the once magnificent city of Hampi are scattered throughout the makeshift town that has sprung up around the site. Ancient temples and statues can be found far beyond the village limits. The vast expanse of the city alone is attestation to the grandeur of the once capital of Vijayanagar: the last of the great Hindu kingdoms of South India.
I left for India on March 4th, 2010. It was my first trip to Asia and my first time travelling with a 'significant other.' I felt some trepidation over travelling with Shawn in a Country that was sure to test our patience, independence and relationship. Little did I know I was in for the most rewarding travel experience of my life!