Travel diaries of RoRboyz -1

This 25 days of Backpacking trip has made us to pause our lives and rediscover ourselves..This is just a glimpse of our scintillating travel experience. Soon we’ll be uploading few more videos with different shades of our incredible journey…

Places covered in this video are:Bhutan-Thimphu, Buddha Dordenmo, Chelela pass, Dochula Pass, Paro, Tigers monastery, Ta Dzong, Kiyuchu llakhang, Arts school, National library, National Memorial chorten, Punakha Dzong, Phuentsholing, Gangtok, Tashi view point, Ganesh tok, Gangtok Ropeway, Darjeeling, Lachung, Lachen, Katao Border, Nathula pass, Tsomgo Lake etc.,..
Stay tuned folks..

Vittala temple: ‘A Combination of Arts and acoustics’

Hampi spread across 26sq kms lie the remains of the splendid medieval city of Vijayanagara, the city of victory.Hampi was the capital of the powerful Vijayanagara empire from AD 1343 to 1565. Which was ruled by the powerful kings like Harihara II, Devaraya II, Krishnadevaraya who showcased their immense might in the grandiose monuments they constructed. It is listed in the UNESCO world heritage site.

This is Gopura of Vittala Temple. No other temple in Hampi can compare with this temple in terms of florid magnificence

Gopura of Vittala Temple: No other temple in Hampi can compare with this temple in terms of florid magnificence

Vittala Temple is the most extravagant architectural showpiece of Hampi. Once I entered this temple I totally lost my senses.. “What a beauty it is?” No amount of words can explain this 15th century spectacle. This temple is a mix of Art and science. I think there’s no other temple in the world which is so rich in art and is combined with acoustics sciences. The temple is built in the form of a sprawling campus with compound wall and gateway towers. There are many halls, pavilions and temples located inside this campus. This temple is dedicated to Vittala(Lord Krishna). The highlight of this temple is its impressive pillared halls and the stone chariot. The halls are carved with an overwhelming array of sculptures on the giant granite pillars. The stone chariot located inside the campus is almost an iconic structure of Hampi.

Look at those intricate carvings even after the centuries of neglect this temple is believed to be the most extravagant architectural showpiece of Hampi. No amount of words can explain this spectacle.

Closeup of Main Gopura: Look at those intricate carvings even after the centuries of neglect this temple is believed to be the most extravagant architectural showpiece of Hampi. No amount of words can explain this spectacle.

As I entered this temple, My eyes got struck on to a stone chariot that is so beautifully carved. An image of Garuda (the eagle god) was originally enshrined within its sanctum. Garuda, according to the Hindu mythology, is the vehicle of lord Vishnu. Thus the Garuda shrine facing the temple’s sanctum is symbolic.

You can see Stone chariot(which is dedicated to Garuda), The kalyanamantapa and Utsavamandapa.

You can see Stone chariot(which is dedicated to Garuda), The kalyanamantapa and Utsavamandapa.

All around this base platform is carved with mythical battle scenes. Though the chariot is not resting on it, the four giant wheels attached mimic the real life ones complete with the axis shafts & the brakes. A series of concentric floral motifs decorate the wheels. This Chariot has became the  trademark of Hampi and the wheels still rotate, This proves that Vijayanagara Kings have a great taste in art of sculptures.

This temple represents the culmination of the Vijayanagara style of art & architecture.. Stone chariot a.k.a Garuda mantapa. This is the most extravagant sculpture in Hampi.

This temple represents the culmination of the Vijayanagara style of art & architecture..
Stone chariot a.k.a Garuda mantapa. This is the most extravagant sculpture in Hampi.

Thats me ..

Thats me ..

On leaving the Stone Chariot you reach the main hall in front of the Vittala temple. This hall though partially damaged is still awe inspiring. Facing the Stone Chariot, a series of steps flanged with elephant balustrades gives access to this elevated open hall called the Maha-Mantapa (the great hall). The balustrades on the east and west porch of this hall is more dramatic with giant lion Yalis fighting the relatively dwarf elephants. The Maha-Mantapa stands on a highly ornate platform. This fluted platform is carved with a series of floral motifs. The lowermost of it is a chain of horses, its trainers and the traders.

This open hall gives access to maha-mantapa

This open hall gives access to maha-mantapa

Temple complex

Temple complex

The Maha-Mantapa contains four open halls within. The south, north and the east ones are still intact. The central western hall is collapsed, probably due to the arson that followed the fall of the capital.

Maha mantapa

The Maha-Mantapa contains four open halls within.

Maha-Mantapa-- The main highlight of this Mantapa is its richly carved giant monolithic pillars

Maha-Mantapa– The main highlight of this Mantapa is its richly carved giant monolithic pillars

The main highlight of the Maha-Mantapa is its richly carved giant monolithic pillars. The outermost of the pillars are popularly called the musical pillars. These slender and short pilasters carved out of the giant pillars emit musical tones when tapped.

This is mahamandapa,there are 40 stone pillars at equal distance.Each of these is monolithic and these pillars create “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Da Ni” sapthaswaras are so beautifully. And in all these 40 pillars,there are different Sounds from various musical instruments like mridangam,Dolak, Veena, Jalatarang,Ghatam,tabla,etc.when gently tapped.. The proportion of the Musical pillars add beauty to the entire Mandap.One needs to imagine how they have made this wonder.. possible in the first place!

This is mahamandapa,there are 40 stone pillars at equal distance.Each of these is monolithic and these pillars create “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Da Ni” sapthaswaras are so beautifully. And in all these 40 pillars,there are different Sounds from various musical instruments like mridangam,Dolak, Veena, Jalatarang,Ghatam,tabla,etc.when gently tapped..
The proportion of the Musical pillars add beauty to the entire Mandap.One needs to imagine how they have made this wonder.. possible in the first place!

The main highlight of this Mantapa is its richly carved giant monolithic pillars.. They are mostly carved with beautiful Yali's(sea creatures) standing on their hind legs, as if ready to attack, Elephants, minute work of art like bangle rings,flowers,soldiers sitting on animals, running through out the entire circumference of this mandapa/temple.. One will definitely admire this marvel..!!

The main highlight of this Mantapa is its richly carved giant monolithic pillars.. They are mostly carved with beautiful Yali’s(sea creatures) standing on their hind legs, as if ready to attack, Elephants, minute work of art like bangle rings,flowers,soldiers sitting on animals, running through out the entire circumference of this mandapa/temple.. One will definitely admire this marvel..!!

The eastern hall which is called the musicians hall is notable for sculptures of musicians on the pillars. Each of the pillars surrounding this hall is sculptured with musicians, drummers and dancers.

Incredible architecture & Incredible India

Incredible architecture & Incredible India

The southern hall is dominated with the rampant mythical creatures called Yalis. The capitals of each of the pillars branches into heavily ornate corbels with terminating with lotus buds.

Captured in southern of hall, this hall is dominated with the rampant mythical creatures called Yalis. Which are typical of Vijayanagara architecture!

Captured in southern of hall, this hall is dominated with the rampant mythical creatures called Yalis. Which are typical of Vijayanagara architecture!

Ornate pillar of vittala temple

Ornate pillar of vittala temple

The inner sanctum is devoid of any idol. A narrow and unlit passageway encircles the inner sanctum. A few steps on either sides of the sanctum’s main door give access to this passage. The outer wall of the sanctum that one can only sees from this passageway is richly decorated with the Kumbha-Pankajas (the motifs where lotus flower flows out of a pot). Even after so many Ravages this temple didn’t lose its charm.

With my friends ROR boyz in 2013

With my friends ROR boyz in 2013..See you again Hampi..Thank you Hampi for creating such Beautiful Memories in My Life..

Ride from the entrance ..Vittala temple, Hampi

We came by walk to the temple it was a 20mins walk from the entrance. Found some ruins and koneru while walking. Our guide explained everything in detail. While returning we’ve taken a ride back to the entrance.

Some Tips and Info from my perspective:

1. Taking a knowledgeable guide is a must and mandatory, without them its really very difficult to understand these Architectural wonders. Guides here Speak different languages starting from Telugu, Tamil,Hindi to German, French and Spanish.

2. Though we didn’t do a Bicycle tour. After seeing few people doing it, I felt it as fascinating.

3. If you are an Architecture lover then try to spend 3 days in Hampi.

4. According to me this temple/Hampi is one must see places in India. People are very friendly and hospitable, You won’t regret visiting this place.

5. This is also a romantic getaway for couples.

Monday Macros: Bhutan Flowers with Bhutanese Quotes

Where there is plenty of water, it rains; where there is abundant heat, the sun shines.

Where there is plenty of water, it rains; where there is abundant heat, the sun shines.

Bhutan Flowers (16)

Whatever joy you seek, it can be achieved by yourself; whatever misery you seek, it can be found by yourself.


If the thought is good, (your) place and path are good; if the thought is bad, (your) place and path are bad.

If the thought is good, (your) place and path are good; if the thought is bad, (your) place and path are bad.

The arrow of the accomplished master will not be seen when it is released; only when it hits the target. (you don't see the process; only the result can be seen)

The arrow of the accomplished master will not be seen when it is released; only when it hits the target. (you don’t see the process; only the result can be seen)

Clear the drain before it rains, . (Be prepared)

You must first walk around a bit before you can understand the distance from the valley to the mountain.

If taken in excess, even mother's milk is poison. (Do not live a life of excess)

If there is no financial involvement between relatives, the relationship is harmonious.

Flattering words will not be spoken from the mouth of an affectionate person.

Flattering words will not be spoken from the mouth of an affectionate person.

A fire should be extinguished when it is small; an enemy should be subdued while young.

A fire should be extinguished when it is small; an enemy should be subdued while young.

The stripes of a tiger are on the outside; the stripes (character) of a person are on the inside. (character is not directly visible)

The stripes of a tiger are on the outside; the stripes (character) of a person are on the inside. (character is not directly visible)

To know your limitations is the hallmark of a wise person.

To know your limitations is the hallmark of a wise person.

Rhododendron Arboreum: Mainly found in Himalayas is a ever green shrub a.k.a burgans/gurgans is also known to have few medicinal properties. Consider the tune, not the voice; consider the words, not the tune; consider the meaning, not the words.

Rhododendron Arboreum: Mainly found in Himalayas is a ever green shrub a.k.a burgans/gurgans is also known to have few medicinal properties.
Consider the tune, not the voice; consider the words, not the tune; consider the meaning, not the words.

Words coming from far away are always half true, half false.

Words coming from far away are always half true, half false.

Temple Traveling: A Photographic journey to Somnathpur Keshava Temple

Keshava Temple of Somnathpur was built by Somanatha, a general of Hoysala Narasimha III funded by the king. It was completed in 1269. Somnathpur is just 36 kms from Mysore. To know more about Hoysala temples you can check my ‘A Nostalgic trip to Hoysala Temples’ post. This is a slideshow of Photographs taken by me. Try to watch it in HD.

Monday Monochrome Mania: With Quotes

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It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. -Charles Spurgeon

Monochrome mania (8)

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. -Bertrand Russell

Monochrome mania (7)

Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity. – Kay Redfield Jamison

Monochrome mania (1)

Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments. -Rose Kennedy

You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there is a way or path, it is someone else's path. You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else's way, you are not going to realise your potential. Inspired from "The Heroes Journey"

You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path.
Where there is a way or path,
it is someone else’s path.
You are not on your own path.
If you follow someone else’s way,
you are not going to realise
your potential.
Inspired from “The Heroes Journey”

 

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The statues add a sense of culture and something beyond just what students are studying. The sculptures take you somewhere else and some of them can be provocative. – JIM HORNER