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Tuesday 26 November 2019

Krishna Temple In Hampi

- Decoding The Emotions On The Wall

The emotional attachment, love story and eternal infatuation with Hampi started a while ago and is still going on pretty strong. The deep sense of bonding and passion persists because Hampi still holds the power to ignite the curiosity, charm me and stop me in my tracks pretty often. I am sure others who have been wooed by Hampi will share similar sentiments.  

The intriguing stucco figuirines in the Krishna temple tower
The intriguing stucco figuirines in the Krishna temple tower

Sunday 24 November 2019

Narihalla : A Breathtaking Landscape With Fabulous Views


No, this is not the famous Ha Long Bay of Vietnam but Narihalla River and its reservoir situated in the central regions of Karnataka state. The damming of the Narihalla River, a tributary of Tungabhadra in this landscape has produced a unique sight where red craggy hills inter cut it beautifully at many places.

Friday 22 November 2019

The Gadia Lohar Community Women - A Strength To Reckon With...

It was in late winter one year when we were returning after spending the morning observing the migratory birds near Magadi lake in Gadag district, Karnataka, that a group of people gathered around and watching something intently caught our attention. 

Lohar woman waiting for the iron to warm up
A breather before the next hit, while her husband
adjusted the piece of iron.

Tuesday 19 November 2019

The Kishkinda Caves

- Takes You On A Hoary, Mythical Journey


Even as we meandered and wandered across the river banks of the mighty Tungabhadra in Anegundi, our eyes seemed to be drawn to the nearby picturesque rocky hills with its caves. This scenic destination is in Gangavati taluk, Koppal district, Karnataka and is just 20 kilometers from Hampi, the World Heritage Site in India.

Friday 15 November 2019

Hari Shankara - The Hidden Treasure Of Sandur

The sound of constant flowing water was the first to greet us as we alighted from the vehicle in Hari Shankara temple in Sandur, Ballari district of Karnataka.

The perennial flow of the sweet and healing water in Hari Shankara
The perennial flow of the sweet and healing
water in Hari Shankara 

Thursday 14 November 2019

Nallur, Holding On To A Forgotten Past

In the past, the sacred groves in India were a natural sanctuary for trees where none could fell them or even kill the precious wildlife abounding here. It was a divine abode where precious trees were
worshiped and protected.

Tree in Nallur Tamarind grove
Fallen trees and their new prodigies

Sunday 10 November 2019

A Meal For Everybody In The Glorious Past

Is this a ritual or custom of a bygone era? Were people so hospitable that they used to serve their guests free meals on stone plates carved in a row and connected to a main water channel? Or maybe, these were used by people for public festivals or picnics?


Wednesday 6 November 2019

The Tungabhadra Weaving Her Magic At Anegundi

She is so serene and mesmerizing that she beckons one to her lap, inviting them to play and enjoy in her gentle and white waters. She is none other than the mighty Tungabhadra River flowing in the mystical land of Kishkinda (now known as Anegundi) near the World Heritage Site of Hampi in Karnataka, India.