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Monday, March 25, 2013

Hampi Tour - Krishna Temple

this was the third and final day of the Hampi Tour. After morning breakfast we set off to see the temples and ruins around Hampi. Our first stop was at the Krishna Temple.This temple was built by the king (Krishnadevaraya) in 1513 AD to celebrate the conquest of the eastern kingdom of Udayagiri or Utkala (in the present day Orissa state). The main idol installed in the temple was the figure of Balakrishna (Lord Krishna as infant). This idol is now displayed in the state museum at Chennai. A huge slab installed inside the courtyard of the temple states the story of this temple and the conquest of Ulkala.

Image on the gateway to the temple

This is one of the must see sites in Hampi.The carvings are especially spectacular with the Yalis (the mythical lion) on the pillars and the entrances to the temple hall flanged with impressive carvings of elephant balustrades. Many small shrines and pillared halls adorn the campus. The temple kitchen is located at the south east of the main shrine. The main tower at the east is an impressive sight with numerous carvings on it (now the tower is under restoration work). You can see the carvings of the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu in this temple.
Krishna Bazaar & Pushkarani ( Lake).

Entrance Tower to Temple
Sculpture of Lady in rapturous pose
Maha Mandapam ( Pillared Hall) - See the Yaalis on the pillars & elephants at the entrance steps
Frontal view of the Maha Mantapam
Pillared corridor around the temple
More sculptures
Sculptures on Vimanam of temple tower
Stone Inscriptions

23 comments:

  1. Marvelous sculptures! The entire complex sounds wonder, which I want to witness some day.
    Excellent capture.

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  2. Hampi is one fascinating place I want to go back to! Lovely post on Balakrishna Temple.

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  3. superb place and so are the pics....specially the Stone Inscriptions !!!

    regards
    anu

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  4. I love the elaborate carvings. The detail is amazing.

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  5. Very beautiful temple and so serene too. Happy to see familiar script :)

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  6. vow a superb collection of pictures Ramu and a contribution to historic documentation

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  7. Very buxom ladies too but in those days nudity did not have the same lustful connotations as today when some of the human body is hidden. I tried to expalin that point in my novel - nude besides he lake

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  8. Wonderful post. Makes me want to go there again.

    http://rajniranjandas.blogspot.in/2013/03/kochi-muziris-biennale-2012.html

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  9. The more I see Hampi pictures the more I want to go there!

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  10. Hampi is in my wish list far too long.. Very nice captures..

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  11. I never tire of seeing the beautiful temples of India!

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  12. I have visited this place, a few years back. This place shows our rich culture. But the govt. is not taking action to protect this/renovate this, I feel.

    After seeing your pictures, I feel like going there again! Thank you!

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  13. Beautiful images Ram - love the fugurines - so delicate! Happy waster! I read that in Undia, Hindus celebrate a festival of colors this time of year - that sounds just like my thing!

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  14. Wow! Just wonderful sculptures! Thanks for the stunning pictures. I would love so much to know your country.

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  16. Wow, great sculptures! Indeed, Hampi is an amazing heritage site of the pristine temples and inscriptions in India.
    Nice account.

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  17. It is purely remarkable to get a post where every single line is unfolding about the detailed information that i was searching for. Thanks.

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  18. egli vero comfort è dato dalle piccole cose piccole , non per le cose di lusso...........Tour Operator per India & Trekking in Ladakh

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