Taking a break from our explorations of royal ruins, we moved on to visiting three really unique temples in Hampi – Hazar Rama temple, an Underground Shiva temple and Malyavanta Raghunatha temple. They are not the most famous hence we encountered fewer tourists and school children here but they are on the main tourists area.
Hazar Rama Temple
The temple is exquisite with its carvings depicting scenes from Ramayana. the guide walked around showing me scenes where Sita is abducted by Ravana while Lord Rama goes chasing the golden deer that she had so desired.
The temple is maintained very well. Varun was busy throwing little stones from the raised platform onto the ground below. Vipul was running behind Varun while I got a chance to walk around taking in the carved scenes on the stone. Epic frozen in time. Poetry in stone. Words fail to describe this. A must see in Hampi. I really loved this temple!
Underground Shiva Temple
This temple was excavated about 10 years ago from under existing farm land. How exciting for the farmer! It was the most fascinating temple to visit mainly because it was underground and you had to walk down (instead of up) to see the temple hall. The inner sanctum of this temple was flooded so we did not go in. If you are strapped for time, you can easily skip this temple.
Malyavanta Raghunatha Temple
We only went to the Raghunatha temple as it was next to the Sunset point. With monkeys, cows and parrots this temple was most loved by the kids. Also, the pujaris here were reading out Bhagvad Gita. The chants of the priest, the typical temple scent of oil lamps, incense and flowers added to the magic of the dusk. Soon it was time for sunset and we left to climb up the rocks behind the temple to sit down and enjoy the sunset over Hampi.
…to be continued.