Hampi – Part 2

Padmanabhaswamy Temple of Thiruvananthapuram is built in the same model as that of Achyutaraya Temple of Hampi.  These 2 are built in 2 different decades.  The architectural works of Achyutaraya Temple are mesmerizing.  Lively statues and carvings done on each stone are capable of capturing the complete attention of the viewer.


Achyutaraya Temple

The limbs and heads of most of the statues are in a damaged state at present.  It shows how cruel and careless mankind has become.  I passed through the extensive market in the front and went ahead to visit another important temple, the Vittala Temple. 


Pushkarani

On one side of the temple, there is a pond enclosed beautifully on all 4 sides.  The pond is full of delicate carvings.  There are so many ponds like this in Hampi.  Anjaneya Hill can be seen on the way to Vittala Temple.  There lie on roadsides the ruins of floors of edifices and huge single-stone pillars of ages back.  It is rightly called Vittala Temple Complex instead of just Vittala Temple. 


Vittala Temple

An iconic stone chariot on the eastern side welcomes us.  The wheels of this exquisite chariot are made of stone.  Another major attraction of this place is the ceremonial hall [mandapam] made of 1000 stones.  It has musical pillars.


Stone Chariot

Vittala Temple is the center point where strength of architectural skills and beauty of sculpting come together and meet.  Its outstanding beauty cannot be described in words.


Maha Navami Mandap

When taking the way to Vittala Temple from Kamalapuri, there is a Jain temple on the way.  Its craftsmanship is totally different from others.  From there, I went on to visit the Queen’s Bath which was built by the king for his first wife, Tirumala Chinnambika.  It is an ornate structure, the uniqueness and architectural excellence of which amazes the viewer.  The Maha Navami Mandap is near to this.