It brings us to the third and the most important festival that was celebrated in the empire – Mahanavmi. It was celebrated for ten-day with imperial magnificence and great pride and pomp suiting to its powerful rayas (kings). It was time for them to seek blessings, power and protection from the Goddess Pampa – the Guardian deity of the empire.
Its corridor is roofed with ornate walls of variegated designs; traces of elaborate stucco work is still visible on its ceilings. Once a tower adorned, one side of the pool, with delicate balconies rising above the parapet; but it is completely lost now. The pool facing balconies of this structure with arched windows and delicate plasterworks tells how beautiful this place might have been once.
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 […]