Distant view of the large Virupaksha main temple.
Second day started off with the usual breakfast... and next we decided to go to the Virupaksha temple. There was an tamed young elephant near the entrance... was nice to feed it some bananas, give it some coins and get blessed with a tap on the head with its trunk!! We took a guide to explain the history of the temple, and like the Vishnu temple, this one also has the "musical pillars". There are many such sets of pillars, and in each set each individual pillar gives out a separate note when tapped. Most of them sound like a "ghatam" instrument. It is said that in the Vishnu temple, there used to be dance and music performances where the music was played on the pillars.
The Virupaksha temple has one window inside that acts as a pinhole camera, and you can see an inverted image of the main entrance "gopuram".
Carving of Lord Vishnu on a rock next to the river.
.. talk about ancient technology! We took the side gate to the riverside and walked along the river to the market area, then went off further down to the river side again. This time we got the boat guy to take us farther down the river. Halfway down, there's an overhanging big rock which sort of serves as a cave, just large enough to snugly fit the boat :), especially then since the water level was not too much. coming back up the river took some time.. it was windy and the river was pushing back hard... so we took a few breaks and expored along the rocky river bed some more.
Before getting to the river, a few of us climbed up the hill next to the market place, and looked around some more ruins.. there was a large tank, and what looked like another street lined with a market.
A structure on one of the hills.
Apparently it was a gems trading area in ancient times.
Returning from the river, we rested a while near the large "Nandi" bull statue and set off for lunch with the guys at the Mango Tree restaurant. After the heavy and filling lunch, we big adieu to the Pune gang, and started off to do a bit of shopping around. Next we went up to the hillock next to the temple, to explore the slightly different architecture of temples on the hill. Sat there for a while, it was very windy and the weather was excellent. We went down to the other side to see the big Ganesha statue, and then returned to the lodge to pack things up. In the afternoon finally set off to Hospet
to catch the overnight Hampi express train back to Bangalore.
-- Ashish Bhambhani (3 Sep 07)
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