Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Pics from a Trip

The ruins of the Vijayanagara empire, which reached its zenith under Krishnadeva Raya, were our last stop on our trip back from Goa. Here are some of the pictures from Hampi, once its capital.

The Krishna Bazaar in Hampi, across the Krishna Temple.

The Krishna Temple, full of carvings. A fairly large complex, the main deity is now housed in the Connemara Museum, Chennai.

There are several mandapams (platforms) like this all over Hampi.

The beautifully symmetrical Stepped Bath.

A view of the landscape, so typical of the Deccan area. Notice the monolithic Nandi just to the left of centre.

The famous musical pillars, not open to prodding and tapping anymore!

The monolithic Lakshmi Narasimha, though Lakshmi is missing.

The Virupaksha temple, this gopuram (tower) commissioned by Krishnadeva Raya

Now come the photos from Goa

The Shantadurga temple, Kavlem

Twilight over the Mandovi River, Panaji

Vanilla in a plantation, Ponda

The view from a hillock - in the far distance is the majestic tower of St Augustine's Church, now in ruins

The Safa Shahouri Masjid, near Ponda

The Haravale waterfall, near Arvalem rock-cut caves

Cloves, in the plantation

The Church of the Mount of Our Lady, so typical of the white churches that dot the landscape.

View from Cabo de Rama, a fort enveloped by the sea.

A cashew tree in bloom, and a fruit that's beginning to develop.

A couple of pics from places en route to Goa

The decorated ceiling of the Mahamaya Temple, Ankola, Karnataka

A monilithic Nandi from the Aghoreswara Temple, Ikkeri, Karnataka.