Vitthala Temple, Hampi

Built in the 15th century and one of the most extravagant pieces of architecture you will ever witness, the temple is dedicated to “Vitthala” a form of the Hindu deity Vishnu. The temple complex itself houses various other temples and pavilions, the major attractions that you must marvel at are the stone chariot or the ‘ratha’ which is placed in front of the temple entrance, it is among the 3 famous stone chariots in India, the wheels could be rotated but the recent archaeological restorations had them cemented to avoid damage caused by the visitors.

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Another major attraction is the 7 pillared halls, which features 7 pillars which represent a musical note and emanate the 7 musical notes when stuck and are built around the main pillar which support this structure. The 7 pillars represent 7 different musical instruments and make the respective sound of the instrument they represent when struck, it is however a mystery as to how the sound is made as even after being cut by the British before Indian independence. The temple also contains the images of foreigners like Persians selling horses.

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An architect by profession, Rohit Agarwal is a curious traveller, seeking out the minutest detail about the places he travels to, and that’s what one will find in his writings. His writings have appeared in various blogs, he’s currently trying to bring forth as many different places a traveller who shares the same level of curiosity like him would like to visit through his writings.

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