Srisailam–Hampi Trip–Part 2–Hampi

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The Innova dropped me at some fruit market in Markapur town. Pretty much crowed place that was, may be due to the evening time, whatever it was but like any other desi town, crowded, polluted, noisy everywhere. Crossed the road and took a shared auto for railway station, which was 3 kms. away from there.

Unexpectedly, there was a long queue at the counter. After standing about 30 minutes in that queue got general boggy ticket to Hospet for 105 Rs. Train 17225 was schedule to come at 22:20, wait of an hour.

Its never easy to travel in general boggy, packed already. Exhausted, previous night was tough in the bus, then whole day of standing in queue for darshan, scaling Srisailam up n down, and now in general boggy standing! Pretty much horrible, standing by the door side, eyes were closing blink by blink, air was blowing like hell. Finally closed the door, sat down by it and within minutes I was flat sleeping on the floor like anything. Nice experience!!

Reached well in time, morning shower of rain welcomed in Hospet. Damn tired, searched for return train, no luck. Boarded a shared auto to bus stand, missed the only bus to Hyderabad by a minute, bad luck again.

Having no option left, had morning breakfast of idli and rice. There are plenty buses for Hampi, 13 kms. away. Situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra river, the ruins of Vijayanagara (capital of the Vijayanagara Empire) are spread across for about 25 kms. It takes good 2-3 full days exploration to see the legacy. The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi. The history goes like this –

It was around the year 1296, when Alla-Udin-Khilji invaded southern India. People started to unite themselves to protect their religion and culture. The kingdom of Vijayanagara was founded and was ruled by four dynasties. The first one was Sangama dynasty founded by Harihara the first. It is said the sangama came from Warangal and some says they were Kannadigas. Sangama has five sons, Harihara, Bukka, Kempanna, Marappa and Muddappa. The first two played a vital role establishing the Vijayanagara Kingdom. Sangama dynasty ruled till 1447, when Narasimharaya established Saluwa dynasty. The next was Tulu dynasty, then came the great, Krishnadevaraya, who not only expanded the kingdom also did welfare of his pupil. He was a genius in many respect, composed so many literature, he himself was ‘’Kannada Rajya Rama Ramana’’

There are so many nice views, stayed there for 4-5 hrs. only. Seeing the Tungabhadra river, lying down on huge stone was an unique experience. Slept there for an hour before heading to the return journey.

Again no bus for Hyderabad, the only train leaves at 17:00 hrs. No energy left now, reaching Hyderabad was the only mission for the day. The bus conductor said Sindhanur is the place for you, there are 3-4 buses to Hyderabad from there. It was some 90 kms. west. It was really a bad day, missed the last bus. Conductor said Raichur is the place for you now, again some 90 kms.

Travelling with local was fun. I was clueless about the local language, Kannada, and they had upper edge due to little Hindi knowledge. A little girl, sitting besides me, wearing flowers (gajra) was cute and very talkative.

From Raichur, got the direct bus to Hyderabad with destination time of 10 pm. And local bus no. 147K dropped me outside my hotel at 12 mid-night.

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The first view of Hampi, bus stand and small market place ..

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View from the sunset point, two towers; right one is Bistappaya Tower, the VirupakSha Temple and the left one is Raya Tower. The Tungabhadra flows just beside these towers.

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VirupakSha Temple… This is the entrance point as well, near bus stand.

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A group of temples….

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This covers entire Hampi …….

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So much greenery, loved the view.

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Another one..

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Stone steps to sunset point – Hemakuta Hill.

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The Sunset point – Hemakuta Hill. Nice view from here, Slept almost an hour at this point praising & admiring the view.

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At last one signature pose!!.

Kharcha – Pani

Travel – 1345/-

Food – 370/-

Miscellaneous – 300/-

Total – Rs. 2015/-

Srisailam–Hampi Trip: Part 1 – Srisailam

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God’s abode, Srisailam is full of fresh air, piece and greenery. The Jyotirlinga makes it special, chanting, prayer everywhere.

Early morning 5 o’clock when I woke up, my back & neck was paining like hell. The bus seat was not confortable to sleep. We were waiting in a jungle to open the gate of reserved forest area near Srisailam. Mornings’ view can’t be better than this, pure bliss! zig-zag road, dense forest, then a beautiful dam (Srisailam dam) and finally the destination.

The first thing I heard was the Bhajan, priests were singing, loudspeakers everywhere. I turned my face and there it was, the Bhramaramba Mallikarjunaswamy Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple built in unique style, the small town itself is unique, at every stop there was a idol with flowers and bel patri.

No hotel, no stay is my motto, so after relieving myself in open went straight to the temple area. Camera and mobile phones are not allowed there, but good thing is, they have lockers for such items for 10 bucks per bag.

At 11 o’clock I was witnessing the pooja inside the temple. No one is allowed to go inside the room where Linga is, I could see some female priests worshipping Linga with bel-patri and milk. The bull, Nandi was sitting there still n straight. Legends says that when Nandi will leave his place this world will come to an end. The non-stop chanting of priests was really full of energy and josh.

Anyways, darshan was done now it was my time to explore. Once exited from temple’s upper gate, there are some counters for prasad for some 5 or 10 rupees. Also on left side there is a free lungar (food) is available. There was a long queue though.

Collected my shoes and bag, bought a booklet in which local site-seeing places were mentioned. Maratha king Chhatrapathi Shivaji’s bronze statue was nearby, some 200 meters. His entire life is narrated through poster and pics.

Then I started climbing uphill to see Hemareddy Mallamma Temple. During the climb met with a sadhu and a guy. Sadhu asked if he can keep the booklet. Some talks and we were in our way again. The town from the top looked beautiful and air was blowing nicely.

After an hour, descending down, I was near the dam for boating. I wanted to go in a dongle but was alone and he was charging good amount of money so went by a shared boat for Rs. 40/-. The Freedom Ride pain was still there so decided to climb via rope way, he charged 40/- Rs. for that ride.

So much up and down, no food except the prasad and water, exhausted. Ate some rice and saw some taxis were going towards Markapur. I was planning to stay there but Markapur scene changed my plan. There were no bus service except to Hyderabad. Taxi stand is near the bus stand and taxi wala was charging 150 Rs. for Markapur. Then one private Innova car came and boarded that for Markapur Road railway station. My new destination got fixed – Hampi.

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The town welcomes you like this, chowk at the starting of the town.

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I need someone to translate this for me.

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First view of the Temple.

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Close-up and perfect weather to explore.

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From the top. Loved the greenery, so much!

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Hemmareddy Mallamma Temple.

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Bronze statue of King Chhatrapathi Shivaji.

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Srisailam Dam on Krishna river.

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Take care..

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Rope way….

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The beautiful dam and surrounding. The Akka Mahadevi caves are also there, the boat was going towards that area for some 500 Rs. Wanted to see but no one seems to take that tour.

Continued……

Srisailam–Hampi Trip

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Earlier this year when I was jolting down the Hindu pilgrimage sites, Jyotirlinga’s (12 of them) were one of the places on my to-do list. Sri Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga Temple is number two of total 12 Jyotirlingas, situated in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh (Now Telangana).

It was a sudden trip to Srisailam, I was just back from Jog Falls trip and was fully energized. Came Thursday, again eagerness to go wild came in mind. I heard a lot about Srisailam, greenery all around, a dam built across River Krishna, Bhramaramba Mallikarjunaswamy Temple (dedicated to Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy, a form of Shiva) and Devi Bhramaramba (a form of Parvati).

I stay away from hotels, off course the budget thing, so had to plan my journey in such a way. So itinerary became like this-

Date – 17-08-2013 to 19-08-2013.

Hyderabad to Srisailam – seat# 30 APSRTC Bus, Departure 23:45, Arrival 08:30.

Srisailam to Markapur Road – Via Bus/Taxi. Unreserved, Departure 18:30, Arrival 21:30.

Markapur Road to Hospet – Unreserved. Train# 17225, Departure 22:20, Arrival 06:30.

Hospet to Hampi n Back – Via Bus. Unreserved.

Hospet to Hyderabad – Unreserved. Train# 17004, Departure 19:20, Arrival 06:30. But later on it became a bus journey; rather a long bus journey, Hospet – Sindhanur – Raichur – Hyderabad.

Went totally unreserved, except the starting journey, this time, coz of last moment plan.

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Srisailam, heaven – 2nd Jyotirlinga is here. Shiva’s sacred bull Nandi is said to have performed penance at the temple till Shiva and Parvati appeared before him as Mallikarjuna and Brahmaramba. Legends says this Kalyuga will come to an end when Nandi will leave this place. Adi Shankaracharya visited this place and composed Shivananda Lahari, one hundred stanzas Sanskrit poetry. Maratha king Chhatrapathi Shivaji came here and seeing the beauty, he decided to stay here leaving everything behind. Legends says that Bhramaramba devi gave him a sword and said you need to finish what you have started, go on. And Shivaji obeyed Her, won so many battles for a better kingdom ship.

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Hampi; the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire, situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra river. The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi. The ruins are spread across 25 kms. area. Peace all around, a perfect destination for backpackers like me.

Continued….

Land Of Gods–India

India, known for its beauty, holiness, pilgrimage centres throughout, is indeed a Dev Bhumi. Some of the places, may be due to their religious importance or me being an Indian a Hindu, or an adventurous me, are must visit and I plans to go someday.

Chhota Char Dham – Kedarnath | Badrinath | Yamunotri | Gangotri |

Char Dham –  Badrinath | Dwarka  | Puri | Rameswaram |

Panch Kedar – Kedarnath | Tungnath | Rudranath | Madhyamaheshwar | Kalpeshwar |

Panch Prayag – Vishnu Prayag | Nand Prayag | Karn Prayag | Rudra Prayag | Dev Prayag |

Sapta Badri – Vishal Badri (Badrinath) | Yogdhyan Badri | Bhavishya Badri | Vridha Badri | Adi Badri |                     Dhyan Badri | Ardha Badri |

Jyotirlinga – Somnath | Mallikarjuna | Mahakaleshwar | Omkareshwar | Kedarnath | Bhimashankar |                   Kashi Vishwanath | Trimbakeshwar | Vaidyanath, Parli Vaijnath | Nageshvara, Aundha Nagnath |  Rameshwar | Grishneshwar |

The following sanskrit sloka describes about the 12 Jyotirlingas –

सौराष्ट्रे सोमनाथं च श्रीशैले मल्लिकार्जुनम्। उज्जयिन्यां महाकालमोङ्कारममलेश्वरम्॥

परल्यां वैद्यनाथं च डाकिन्यां भीमशङ्करम्। सेतुबन्धे तु रामेशं नागेशं दारुकावने॥

वाराणस्यां तु विश्वेशं त्र्यम्बकं गौतमीतटे। हिमालये तु केदारं घुश्मेशं च शिवालये॥

एतानि ज्योतिर्लिङ्गानि सायं प्रातः पठेन्नरः। सप्तजन्मकृतं पापं स्मरणेन विनश्यति॥

एतेशां दर्शनादेव पातकं नैव तिष्ठति। कर्मक्षयो भवेत्तस्य यस्य तुष्टो महेश्वराः॥:

द्वादश ज्योतिर्लिंग स्तोत्रम्.

Ashtavinayaka – Moreshwar | Siddhivinayak | Ballaleshwar | Varadavinayak | Chintamani | Girijatmaj | Vighnahar |                         Mahaganapati |

Pancharama Kshetras – Amararama | Draksharama | Somarama | Ksheerarama | Kumararama |

Kumbh Mela – Allahabad | Haridwar | Nashik | Ujjain |

Shakti Peethas – Kalighat | Kamakhya | Vaishnodevi |

Jai Bhole – Manimahesh | Shrikhand Mahadev | Amarnath | Kailash Mansarovar | Adi Kailash |