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Ladakh - Planning The Trip

Over 2000 Km by road, in around 10 days. Stunning landscapes, wonderful people. That sums up our Ladakh trip. But how did it actually work? How did we make it happen? Read on to find out!  Leh, the capital of Ladakh , is accessible by air and road. Flying into Leh is the easiest, and time-saving option, while the road is the time consuming one, but with the added advantage of driving past some of the most beautiful landscapes in our country. Each option has much to recommend it, and we chose the road for just one reason – altitude sickness. Altitude sickness was one of my biggest concerns, since I suffer from motion-sickness. Yes, I do travel a lot, but that is despite my condition, and, over the years, have learnt how to handle it. I struggled with it when we visited Nathu-La in Sikkim, and wondered if I would be able to manage a week at the even higher altitudes that we would encounter in Ladakh. This was the reason we stuck to a basic plan, of only 9 days in Ladakh, though we

Hampi Part 9 - Hazara Rama Temple


The name ‘Hazara Rama Temple’ makes you wonder – a thousand Ramas? Would there have been a thousand idols of Rama here? Or just a thousand carvings depicting Rama? And why the word ‘Hazara’, which has its origins in Urdu, and not ‘Sahasra’ – which is the Sanskrit equivalent? Or is it simply a corruption of the word? As it turns out, though there are a thousand (or more) depictions of Lord Rama on the walls of this small, but beautiful temple, the name might have something to do more with its location than the Lord it was built for. ‘Hazaramu’ is the Telugu word for audience hall or the entrance hall of a palace, which is where this temple is located. This might have been the private temple of the Vijayanagara kings, which is probably why it is not as huge as the other temples in the city.





This is one of the few temples where every inch of the outer wall is filled with carvings depicting scenes from the Ramayana. By the time we visited this temple, it was already dark, and  my camera could not really succeed in bringing out the beauty of the individual panels….

Most of the scenes on the outer wall depict elephants and horses - at least thats what we could see in the dark! They looked like armies.... Rama's army???





Left to me, I could have spent hours poring over each panel, identifying the scenes depicted on them, and telling Samhith the story, besides of course, photographing each and every one of them!

Scenes from the Ramayana on the inner wall.... If I had time, I would have photographed scenes separately so that I could have written this post in the form of the story.... Another time :(




There arent only scenes from the Ramayana... Krishna figures too, quite prominently...




and here is one of Mahishasura Mardini

However, it was already dark, and the fact that the temple was empty except for our group only heightened the eeriness already present…..

Probably it was the almost complete darkness in the sanctum, which had some beautifully carved pillars I managed to capture……

Vishnu - with Sridevi and Bhudevi



This, it seems is Kalki... I love this representation on a horse instead of the ones we see today with a horse-face!

Hanuman

Ganesha




Or probably it was the destruction that the temple had experienced when the invaders had hacked at the head of every single figure on the gopuram…..



There was something about the temple which prevented me wandering off alone with my camera, as I normally do, and I stuck with our group, keeping in mind that the next time I was here, I would make it a point to keep at least half a day aside for this temple alone!


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  1. The panels on the outer wall may not be Lord Rama's army. In fact if you notice it appears in one of the panels next to the gate certain horse traders who appear like Arabs are showing the horses to a stately nobleman /King.

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  2. quite possible!! i am only a layman when it comes to this!

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  3. Nice. Truly knowing Hampi I think will take a lifetime.

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