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Posts tagged “Hampi

The Observer Observed

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Anu with Joseph, our tour driver

Picture taken in Hampi, Karnataka


TIme At The Temple

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Priestly duties

Picture taken in Hampi, Karnataka


Between A Rock And A Hard Place: Part 4

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Picture taken in Hampi, Karnataka


Between A Rock And A Hard Place: Part 3

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Picture taken in Hampi, Karnataka


Between A Rock And A Hard Place: Part 2

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Picture taken in Hampi, Karnataka


Between A Rock And A Hard Place

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Crossing the granite slopes.

Picture taken on one of the granite outcrops of Hampi, Karnataka.


A River Runs Through It

“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow”

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Hampi sits alongside a river used for ritual bathing

And the washing of sacred artefacts.

The expression of a very human desire:

Release from the taint of corruption.

An aspiration which transcends all religious traditions.

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Among The Temple Ruins

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Hampi is such a vast archaeological complex that exploring it requires transport, a sense of purpose
And several bottles of water.


Otherwise even the hardiest tourist tends to wilt.

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The site consists of a truly remarkable array of beautiful temples and palace ruins, built between the 14th and 17th centuries.

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Sic transit gloria mundi..

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Temple Traders

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Finally we had arrived in Hampi,
The primary goal of our travels. 

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Hampi is a city long deserted.
All that remains are the ancient stone temples and palaces: some remarkably intact; others in various degrees of dilapidation.
But the vast site provides excellent opportunities for those wishing to make money,
From both tourists and pilgrims.

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Family businesses

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And children’s market stalls:

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Young men

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And old men:

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All ply their trades

In an exotic world where religious piety and financial profit seem reluctant to part.

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The Journey Is The Destination: Part 10

Entranced by colour.

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“I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind.”

Emily Bronte

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Picture of saris drying in one of the Hampi temples, Karnataka.


Time To Go

I am almost ready.

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Transportation is booked and confirmed.

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Sir is once more off on his travels:

This time across the Western Ghats to our neighbouring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu .

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The ancient city of Hampi is on the itinerary.


The Raja’s palace in Mysore will be experienced.

An excursion to exotic and mysterious places.

I may be gone some time.

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Other than the first picture, images have been taken from the web.