HAMPI -VIRUPAKSHA TEMPLE/PAMPAPATHI TEMPLE


HAMPI ALWAYS HELD A VERY VERY SPECIAL PLACE IN MY LIFE SINCE CHILDHOOD.I FIRST READ ABOUT IT IN MY HISTORY BOOK IN CLASS 6 -7 IN SCHOOL WHEN WE WERE LEARNING ABOUT THE VIJAYNAGAR EMPIRE. I ALWAYS DREAMT THAT ONCE IM OLDER ILL SURELY VISIT THIS LAND. LATER WHEN I DISCOVERED THAT HAMPI WAS ALSO THE ANCIENT Kishkindha MENTIONED IN THE RAMAYANA AND HANUMANS BIRTH PLACE IT WAS A MAGICAL PLACE I JUST HAD TO VISIT. IVE BEEN TO HAMPI MORE THAN 5 TIMES BUT EVERY TIME I VISIT I FEEL I AM DISCOVERING A NEW PLACE ALL OVER AGAIN.BELOW I AM SHARING A DESCRIPTION FROM RAMAYANA FROM KISHKINDHA KAND WHICH DESCRIBES THE BEAUTIFUL CITY OF HAMPI OR PAMPA THROUGH RAMAS LAMENTATION TO HIS BROTHER LAKSHMAN AFTER SITA IS ABDUCTED BY RAVANA.

“Oh, Soumitri, see those flowered Karnikara trees with their tree-trunks on those southern hill-terraces of Pampa, they are highly splendorous… That one, that kingly mountain which is ornamentally impregnated with ores and minerals is exhausting much mass of wondrous dust with the colour of its ores, that is drifted by the wind’s speed… On the mountainsides, Soumitri, all over fully flowered are the exquisite Kimshuka trees, while their leaves are hidden under those reddish flowers, and with them that mountain is as though aglow…

“On the banks of Pampa these jasmines, water-lilies, red oleanders have grown up and they are now flowered that is wetted with the fragrance of nectar…

“The Mogra bushes, Sinduka, Vaasanti are well flowered. Maadhavi, flowers are also fully fragrant, and everywhere there are bushes of Jasmine… Charming are the saplings of Bilva, and Madhooka, and plants like Vakula, Champaka, Tilaka, Naaga trees are well flowered…. Padmaka plants are well flourishing, and like that Neela, Ashoka are also flowered… trees on the mountain terraces namely Lodhra trees are brownish like lion’s mane…

“The trees of Alangium, Kurntaka, Poornaka, Devadaaru, and also the Mango trees, and like that Patala trees, and the trees of Mountain ebony are flowered… Muchukunda trees, also Arjuna trees are seen on mountain terraces…Date palm trees, Uddaalaka trees also… like that the Shiriisha tree, simshupa trees, and dhava trees… Silk cotton trees, palaasha trees also, like that are red mehandi trees, thus are Tinisha and Naktamaala trees, sandalwood trees, spandana trees are all thus well flowered… Flowered are the trees like hintaala, tilaka, and naaga trees, and they are enfolded by the flowered climber-plants at their apices…

“See the cool water of this Pampa Lake, Soumitri, filled with blue lotuses, and with ruddy geese well moving in, and well venerated by the partridge birds…Well filled with waterfowls, curlew birds, and adored by great animals, this Pampa glistens much with pleasantly calling birds… Enkindling passion in me, are these umpteen gladdened birds, reminding me of my dear one who is in the mid of her youth, moonfaced, and with the radiance of lotuses in her eye….FOR MORE CLICK HERE
http://www.valmikiramayan.net/utf8/kish/sarga1/kishkindha_1_frame.htm

THE TEMPLE OF VIRUPAKSHA DATES BACK TO ALMOST THE 7TH CENTURY.IT IS A SHIVA TEMPLE SINCE ANCIENT TIMES.THE TERRAIN IS BEAUTIFUL WITH BOULDERS- HILLS- HILLOCKS-THE RIVER PAMPA NOW KNOWN AS TUNGA BHADRA AND A HUGE FOREST. THERE IS SURPRISINGLY A BEAR SANCTUARY AND I WONDERED THAT PERHAPS HANUMAN FRIEND THE BEAR JAMBAVAN BELONGED TO A TRIBE JUST NEXT TO THE VANAR TRIBE(MONKEY TRIBE) MORE ABOUT JAMBAVAN ?CLICK HERE http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jambavan

http://ancientindians.wordpress.com/ramayanam/jambavantha-a-rksha-warrior-2/

Jambavan (Sanskrit: जाम्‍बवान, Kannada : ಜಾಂಬುವಂತ, Malay: Jambuwana, Burmese: Zabaman, Tamil: Sambuvan, Hindi:Jhambhavan Thai: Chomphuphan) also known as Jamvanta, Jambavantha, Jambavat, or Jambuvan the King of the Bears, is a sloth bear in Indian epic tradition (though he is also described as a monkey in other scriptures), immortal to all but his father Vishnu.[1] Several times he is mentioned as Kapishreshtha (Foremost among the monkeys) and other epithets generally given to the Vanaras. He is known as Riksharaj (King of the Rikshas). Rikshas are described as something like Vanaras but in later versions of Ramayana Rikshas are described as bears. He was created by Brahma, to assist Rama in his struggle against Ravana.[1] Jambavan was present at the churning of the ocean, and is supposed to have circled Vamana seven times when he was acquiring the three worlds from Mahabali. He was the King of the Himalayas who had incarnated as a bear in order to serve Rama. He had received a boon from Lord Rama that he would have a long life, be handsome and would have the strength of ten million lions.
In the epic Ramayana, Jambavantha helped Rama find his wife Sita and fight her abductor,Ravana. It is he who makes Hanuman realize his immense capabilities and encourages him to fly across the ocean to search for Sita in Lanka.
In the Mahabharata, Jambavantha had killed a lion, who had acquired a gem called Syamantaka from Prasena after killing him. Krishna was suspected of killing Prasena for the jewel, so he tracked Prasena’s steps until he learned that he had been killed by a lion who had been killed by a bear. Krishna tracked Jambavantha to his cave and a fight ensued. After eighteen days, realizing who Krishna was, Jambavantha submitted. He gave Krishna the gem and also presented him his daughter Jambavati, who became one of Krishna’s wives.

IF YOU LOVED HAMPI AS MUCH AS I DID THEN YOU CAN GO THROUGH THESE 2 WONDERFUL BLOGS WHICH I FOLLOW WHICH HAVE MORE INFORMATION ON HAMPI

http://ajitvadakayil.blogspot.in/2011/01/ruined-city-of-hampi-capt-ajit.html

http://desitraveler.com/birthplace-of-hanuman-and-temples-of-hampi/

 

 

 

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the gopuram of the temple

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gopuram

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the exit from the temple to the street

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the pushkarini or water tank to the right of the temple

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view of gopuram from the tank

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the temple

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tank and temple

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encircling the shivling

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whispering a wish in nandis ears who will convey it to lord shiva

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a myth that if you encircle this shivling with your hands and the tips meet your wish will be granted

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2 thoughts on “HAMPI -VIRUPAKSHA TEMPLE/PAMPAPATHI TEMPLE

    • thanks for your comments and i find hampi the most beautiful place on earth… everytime i visit i discover something new.when i visited the 5th time i happened to see a vendor sell drums outside lord shivas virupaksha temple. i immediately bought it as a souvenir , it now enjoys a place in my home temple.

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