Saturday, September 22, 2012

Anegundi - Hampi

Anegundi is part of the Hampi World Heritage Site. Older than Hampi, it is situated on the northern bank of Tungabhadra River. Anegundi, believed to be the monkey kingdom of Kishkindha in the epic of Ramayana , is at a distance of 5 km from the historical site of Hampi. Anjanadri hill, the birthplace of monkey-god Hanuman , and the mountain Rishimuka are the other places near Anegundi associated with Ramayana.It is said to have one of the oldest plateaus on the planet, estimated to be 3,000 million years old. Local story-tellers refer to Anegundi as the maternal home of Bhoodevi (Mother Earth).
Neolithic history is represented in this region by Mourya Mane, a several-thousand-year-old ‘Stone Age Colony’. Several Neolithic dwellings still bear paintings that are clear and intact even to this day. “This is the rare human settlement where we will find traces of Microlithic, Megalithic and Neolithic age of human life at one same spot. Anegundi area is much more than the Vijayanagar empire, and as is old as the planet. Till date, this village is a living heritage site in its true sense Anegundi is best visited along with Hampi..
Hampi Tour Day 1 - Final Session: 
After visiting Prince Krishna Deva Raya, (see previous post) we had about 90 minutes to return to the boat jetty to catch the last boat out to Hampi. We rushed to Anegundi boat jetty to travel to Nava Brindavanam, It contains the tombs or Brindavanam of nine Hindu Madhwa saints.Navabrindavanam is located at Anegundi, near Humpi, Karnataka. India. It contains the tombs or Brindavanam of nine Hindu Madhwa saints.The boat ride to Nava Brindavanam across the Tungabhadra river was scenic and spectacular and en-route I could capture some really fascinating and amazing pics:
We completed the journey as planned and jumped into the waiting autorikshas to rush us to the other boat jetty  to transfer us back to Hampi. The last boat service was at 6.30 pm and we reached in nick of time.
Take off point to Nava Brindavanam by boat
Approaching opposite shores of Tungabhadra - above & below
After alighting from the boat we had to walk 200 metres to reach Nava Brindavanam
The waters of the Tungabhadra were magical, shimmering & silvery in evening sunlight
At Nava Brindavanam - Tombs of the nine Madhwa saints


  1. Nice post with excellent photos. Am yet to explore anegundi in detail.

  2. Very informative and very intresting also ...!!It was a pleasure reading the post .Thanks .

  3. Thank you for sharing your fascinating trip with us.
    You took great pictures of these beautiful places.

  4. Namaste.....
    its very rocky.....

    Its interesting how we give preferences to some people and not to others. The tombs of the saints, long gone but ensured not forgotten while others are not even a memory.

    thanks for sharing
    Peace, have a blessed weekend.

  5. Great post, and I love your photos!

  6. Ram,you've shown some very interesting photos here,and in your previous post. It's amazing how the shapes and patterns of water currents,rocks and clouds are so similar.

    Thanks for sharing,

  7. Thanks for the fascinating tour. Wonderful shots.

  8. Great photos. The river, the rock formations, and the tomb site are all beautiful. I wish I could visit.

  9. A lovely tour of the lesser known places, Rama:)

  10. Just fantastic tour and great photos!
    What a stunning rock formation. Thanks for sharing.

  11. What a fascinating and beautiful those rocks and the water especially. Glad you made the boat connection!

  12. Those pictures are so refreshing. Beautiful place.

  13. Hello! Very nice report! I love blogs with lots of pictures! You make me feel like visiting the south of India!
    But, what is a "hindu tomb"? Is there the saints ashes in it or are these tombs just like little monuments in honour to the saints?


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