QUEST 2019

 “India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and our most valuable and artistic materials in the history are treasured up in India only.”

                                                   -Mark Twain

It is so amazing how each part of India has so many tales to tell. Joining architecture school, we were already so eager to unfold and explore the beauty and mystery of travelling, around India and the world. India is a very vast country to explore, where do we begin with? We decided that we will start with a few pages of history that semester. Organizing a 3-4 day trip amidst all the design submissions and theory classes seemed very difficult, but we somehow managed to crack it and that’s how Karnataka, a state in south India became our core destination. However we had to limit our destinations to Hampi,Badami,Aihole,Pattadakal due to our tight schedule. A case study of kindergarten in Goa also became a part of our visit. After completing the necessary paperwork in college, we set our dates from 27th September to 2nd October 2019. We were accompanied by Ar. Muralidharan Yogi and Ar. Niranjana, faculties of our department.

Joining architecture school, there was one thing everyone raved about- to keep travelling and visit beautiful places. After ages of planning and prayers, we had our first long tour. That anandam wala excitement was evident in each one of them, when the destinations were finalised-Hampi and Goa. Tbh, our tour was nothing like ‘anandam’. We didn’t experience sunrise from monkey temple, never saw the other side of hampi and certainly didnt have any parties in goa. In reality, Hampi was a place full of temples (architectural beauty and all that, I know) and Goa was all about the play school we visited which took our only day out,but whatever we had, was our own kinda ‘anandam’. We woke up to the green fields and hills (and also ugly morning faces of our friends) on the way to Hampi, danced to unlimited songs, discovered the craziest side of our friends, celebrated birthdays in the middle of the night from rooftops, clicked so many sleeping photos( really weird ones) , had some yumm street foods, tried the good old oujio board, pitstops at sunflower fields, morning-walk in goa, enjoying rain through bus windows and so many memories like this. Each of these memories have a backstories of its own. Here’s to many more memories yet to come and the ‘dhurandham’ tale behind those.

Walk through Vijayanagara

Waking up to the beauty of  Hampi, the ancient Vijayanagara empire felt so surreal. The place was beautifully preserved with lush green hills, paddy fields and the city ruins. After check-in at Swathi hotel in Hospet, we were ready to discover the historical ruins of Hampi. Hampi is an ancient village in the south Indian state of Karnataka. Its dotted with numerous temple complexes from the Vijayanagra empire.. The city which is surrounded by 500 ancient monuments, beautiful temples, bustling street markets, bastions, treasury building and captivating remains of Vijayanagar Empire is a UNESCO world heritage site. We reached our first spot, The Virupaksha temple around 10 in the morning. We were welcomed by a group of sellers from whom we bought caps and sunglasses as it was even more hot than we expected.

VIRUPAKSHA TEMPLE

Virupaksha temple is a part of the group monuments at Hampi, designated as UNESCO world heritage site. This Shiva temple was believed to be built by Lakkan Dandesha, under the rule of Deva Raya 2 of the Vijayanagara Empire. We were in awe inspiring the temple because the pictures of the temple don’t justify its real beauty. The main entry of the temple is through a pastel colored nine storied gopura which is one of the finest example of Dravidian architecture. As we walked further inside the temple, saw beautifully carved columns resting on the sculptured base. The interior of the temple was a visual treat to experience. We took refugee from the sun in one of the pillared halls inside the temple complex.

We explored the ruins near the Virupaksha temple. We left from the temple complex about 1 o clock in the afternoon to taste some delicious Karnataka  special thali meal. After successfully recharging our selves  we moved to our next spot, Vittala Temple.

VITTALA TEMPLE

We had to travel a bit further from our hotel to reach the Vittala temple. The scenic view on the way to the temple left us all stunned. We reached the outskirts of the temple about 4 in the evening. By then, the temperature has  slowly started to drop. There was a long queue of people waiting for the utility vehicle to take them to the people. Since the first day excitement was still live in all of us, we decided to take the 2km walk to the temple. We walked along the once huge bazaar outside the temple. Near the temple was the sacred tank,lokapavani which is now a descending steps made of stone on all four side. We bought tickets for the entry to the temple and entered through a broken shikara which was  similar to that of Virupaksha temple.

The Vishnu Vittala temple  represent the highest watermark of the Vijayanagara style of art and architecture. It is  one of the largest temples of that period built by Devaraya II. The temple is built on a sculptured ornate plinth, the composite pillars of the Sabha Mantapa were massive, hewn out of single granite rocks which are designed as clusters of slender pillars, some of them, when tapped gently, produce musical notes. To the northern bay of Sabha Mantapa is the Narasimha Mantapa. The stone chariot at the entrance houses an image of garuda. The ornate Kalyana Mantapa, Utsava Mantapa  and devi shrines  complete the resemble of the temple complex. 

We witnessed the sun setting  behind the beautifully sculptured monuments of Hampi. We returned to our hotel  about 7 in the evening ready to sleep of the tiredness of the whole day after having our dinner.

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