The three of us decide to explore the place on foot and we walk towards the royal citadel. After walking just a few hundred meters, the first structure we come across, at a small distance from the main road, is a sixteenth century Shiva Temple – the ChandraSekhar temple.
Bukka replied with an awe, “So this is the land of Lord Shiva. The numerous lingas etched on the rocks and equally high number of Shiva’s shrines affirms Shiva’s association with the place”.
The sage Vidyaranya refuted him, “Don’t differentiate holy places as the land of Lord Vishnu or of Lord Shiva. This mythical landscape is imbued with the presence of many God and Goddesses. Follow me.”
I belong to Hampi, a place with abundance of spectacularly shaped boulders in grey, ochre and pink tones, precariously placed on top of its surrounding hillocks. Tungabhadra River traverses this […]