After a very relaxed and lengthy lunch session (another way of saving ourselves from the heat) we headed back to the main parking area covering some of the small shops looking for some souvenirs. I got myself a small ring (copper) to replace the one that got worn out. Our next stop was to the Lotus Mahal complex. Remember the ticket I told you about in Part 1 when we visited the Vittala temple? You need it here too. This complex has a couple of ruins inside it and you would be allowed only with the ticket.
The Lotus Mahal, is a structure which is mostly in good shape. You can see the beauty of this architecture. It has some islamic influence. The photographs in this blog are not of good resolution, I am afraid (trying to save space and all), but this is how it looks from the long shot. My other blog post has one close up of the same which will tell you why it is called the Lotus Mahal. This is where the royal ladies used to take rest. Lucky Ladies heh.
Beyond this structure, if you go further, you will enter the place where you will find Elephant and Horse Stables. Wanna see how big they are?
That huge structure of a building is for the Elephants. They were kept in separate enclosures and the inside of it is so spacious for the animals to move around and for their food too. I think there were around 11/12 enclosures. To the right there were horse stables. The whole area, as you can see is being renovated with some garden and all. Hopefully by spring it will be looking all green.
You can walk further down the place and see more temples. The sun was slowly losing its ferocity by this time (was almost 4 pm I guess). We decided to skip those temples and opted for the one that was to the back of the Lotus Mahal on the outer area. On the way you will see some watch towers like this.
Next to the watch tower, we took the road to a Vishnu Temple. Obviously, it is a ruin and the idols weren’t there, except for a Hanuman Idol.
This is where my friend and I ended up having a very lengthy conversation about civilisations, how these places would have looked in those days when it was at its pinnacle, what would happened, how cities get destroyed and for some measure we talked about religion and spirituality too. We did not realize that we had spent around half an hour sitting in the shade, looking at these ruins and discussing about what and how and why. If only some of those structures were able to give us some answers 🙂
We then started back to our vehicle and was ready for our last stop (we decided to skip the Hazare Rama temple, the underground Shiva and Narasimha temple – I had seen them all 10 years ago and my friend wasn’t too keen on them). The driver dropped us at the Kadalekalu Ganesh Temple entrance and told us that there was a back route to the Virupaksha temple which is the final destination of our trip. And after going through them we were supposed to meet him at the parking lot.
The Kadalekalu Ganesh temple is a monolithic statue which was originally used by the Kings as main temple until the belly of the Lord Ganesh got damaged. In Hinduism, all prayers starts with Ganesha and we shouldn’t be praying any idol which is damaged. We trying to go around the idol without the light and it was fun to do that. We had a couple of stumbles and finally got around to the main area.
After this there are other small structures and temples around. But this area is mainly fully of rocks and rocky structures. We kept going towards the back side and came across this path.
The temple on the right hand side in the first picture of the above two, is the Virupaksha temple and that is where we were supposed to go. We did not go to these small mandapa’s or the other temples surrounding this area. We went straight down after giving me some time to take photographs of the whole area (at every place, we had to allot some time for my photographs and that by itself added more time to the trip).
By around 4.30 pm we reached the Virupaksha temple. We had plans to go to the Muthanga Hill for the sunset view of the city. But we had that as an open ended one, one that we will decide at that time.
I guess I could go on, but the post will become a lot longer than intended. So I will conclude the trip’s last destination in my next post. See you then.