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  • Karnataka: Recollected hymns of forgotten empires

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  • Hampi
    With sunrise came a new call for discovery. There are many 'forgotton empires' in Karnataka from Hampi to Badami. The might and grandeurs of 14th century Vijayanagara still remains etched in the granites of its colossal ruins. I had about a week to experience this grand disarray.
  • Hampi
    The Ozymandian remains of a grandoise past is lifted up and re-lived by the villagers who are indulged in a life of devotion, of righteousness. Generally, I found the people to be very dedicated to their task at hand, which seems to hint at an ancestry of royal subordination.
  • Matanga Hill
    Matanga Hill
    There were stones and boulders as far as the eye could see! After a pleasant and quick trek up the Matanga hill, which is the highest point at Hampi, the 'whole picture' of Hampi was painted before me. The entire village was centred around a lush oasis, where life still thrives.
  • Bijapur
    Two days were not enough to explore the whole of Hampi, but as I was on a schedule, I found myself at Bijapur on the third day, in front of the Gol Gumbaz. Though I had seen it on-screen in pictures and videos, the sheer size and imposing dome structure took me by surprise.
  • Pattadakal
    I found the Indo-Islamic style of Bijapur to be in stark contrast to the Dravidian style of Pattadakal. With Hampi being proclaimed as an UNESCO heritage site, maintenance was a high priority in these parts. The abandoned courtyard and trimmed lawns an ironical combo.
  • Aihole
    The first thing that comes to my mind while thinking about these villages is that, these were glorious empires in the past, where even diamonds were sold by weight in the bazars. Were they rich and happy? Maybe. Oblivious to it all, there are people here, who are still happy.
  • Badami Cave Temples
    Badami Cave Temples
    The cave temples at Badami presented a novel experience for me. While there is no way for me to know how these places were in the past, I knew for sure that no sanctuary could offer me so much peace. The buildings sprouting beyond the valley separated the past from the present.



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