Gooooood morning from HAMPI 😁
So day 2 started with a hot and delicious dosa as my breakfast at a local shop and then I hired an auto to take a half day tour of Hampi at 400inr, since I had to catch my bus to Bangalore the same night I didn't hire it for the whole day.
We started by visiting, the Badavilinga temple which is a 12ft shivling ( 9 ft above the ground and 3 ft underwater) established by a poor woman during the 14th century.
Also, the locals say that if you wish something and throw a coin on the shivling if it says as it's top your wish will get fulfilled 😅😅
Then , just a couple of mins by walk was the statue of Narsimba which was also built during the 14th century.
Then , there were quite a few places like:
1. The underground Shiva temple- it was believed that people of the Vijayanagara empire under the King Krishnadevaraya used to worship lord Shiva in this temple.
It was found , by the archaeological department as the temple got underground due to the destructions.
Earlier, it was believed that the people of Hampi used to perform the ceremonies at this temple before the Virupaksha temple was built.
2. The Lotus Mahal - it had beautiful architecture and it was believed that it was built in such a way that all the rooms had a cool temperature even during hot days.
Walking around there was a huge and magnificent Elephant's Stables built in the Vijayanagara empire. It had an Indo Islamic touch.
Then , I went to some ruins of hampi from where we could see the entire town and the view was mesmerising.
At the end I went to the queen's bath and was stunned to see such huge places used just for bathing, no wonder they were the queen's 😂
By evening I came back to the main Hampi bustand and then took a walk till the banks of tungbhadra river. I wanted to take a coracle ride there but due to heavy rains in the last few days , the level of the river got rose and so the rides were restricted for some time.
Also, I wanted to spend atleast a day on the hippie island which is just a ride away from the tungbhadra river but due to heavy rains even the island was vacated by all the people there
So I just sat by the river till sunset and then took my bus to Bangalore and returned.
All in all, it was an amazing trip, I wanted to visit some places but couldn't due to the weather change.
Nevertheless, it was an amazing trip with a low budget:)
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