The visual delight of Hampi is dominated by craggy hills, Tungabhadra river, plain surfaces or vale and widespread of ruins. The entire region consists of 1600 surviving remains which include temples, mandapas, forts, royal complexes, lofty towers, water structures, pillared halls, gateways, defense architectures, stables, and many more. My imagination took a swift turn from the alley of Roman Amphitheater to the era of Ramayana.
Once, it was a thriving city situated on the top of a hill, surrounded by the dense forest, where nature was the protector of the fort. Love bloomed, where Islamic faiths melted into the Hindu faiths, become myths and part of folklore. Even conspiracies were hatched, where a sharp dagger killed the faith of a father. Whatever happened, the destiny never encountered permanent sorrow, as joy was in the air of Mandu. Mandu, a story of a city called Shadiabad or City of Joy, Anand Nagri.
Do you know there is a relationship between famous Novelist Charles Dickens and Calcutta? Yes, It is a fact. His favorite son “Young Skull”, nickname of Walter Savage Landor Dickens joined British Infantry Regiment and posted here in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in the mid of 19th century.
I peeped through the main door and saw an iron chain hangs in the central dome. What is the significance of the iron chain in an Islamic monument? He was the first man who forbade cow slaughter in Kashmir. People of Kashmir still remember him as Akbar of Kashmir.Stone temples of Hindu in Kashmir suffered destruction, some were modified and some converted into mosques.
This mosque was built by Mughal Empress Nur Jahan the wife of Emperor Jahangir, in 1623 AD. why this beautiful
mosque never used as a place of prayer, there is a very interesting story. Once a Mullah questioned to Empress Nur
Jahan regarding the costs of its construction….
There were no traces of any sea, not even a single drop of water. I asked a passer-by fisherman about the location of the sea. He said “Vanished”.Suddenly, I noticed waves, then which were far away from us. As time grows, I saw a full-fledged sea in front of me. I witnessed the moment, how a completely dried out beach transformed into a sea.
Avantipur was named after King Avanti Varman. He was the King who founded Utpala Dynasty and ruled Kashmir during 855 – 883 AD. He built two massive temples, one dedicated to Lord Vishnu and another to Lord Shiva. During his rule, he appointed an engineer and architect as his prime minister named Suyya.
“Amarnath Yatra” or a usual trekking, whatever it may be, how it happened to my life is altogether a story. Unfortunately, I have no such ability to pen down my...