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Mighty Maharajas celebrates the architectural legacy of India with over 60 forts and palaces
The Muslim Devastation of India
Hampi, India, was home to one of the largest Empires of the World: Vijaynagara Empire. The Hindu temples have resisted the Islamic Invasion although many were destroyed by the invasion. In the year 1325 Muhammad-bin-Tughluq led several attacks towards south India, particularly Hampi. The Vijaynagara Hindu Empire was created to protect India from the Invasions. After numerous Islamic attacks, over 200,000 Hindus were killed. Today what we see in Hampi are the remaining parts of this…
Weathering the Elements
"Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity."- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Streets leading to Virupaksha.... Hampi
This view is from one of the hillocks right opposite to Virupaksha temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who has gone by name Virupaksha here. The temple dates back to 7th century even before Vijayanagara empire(Hampi as a whole) existed. The great King Krishnadevaraya during his tenure did some additions like the front courtyard. Visiting Hampi, you can clearly see that this temple Gopuram is visible from most of the spots in Hampi and it’s is so grand and awe-inspiring. To me, the…
The 100 Most Famous Landmarks Around The World
There are some landmarks around the world that almost everyone knows about, like the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel tower in Paris, the Pyramids of Giza and many more. Here are the 100 most famous landmarks around the world.
A government sponsored musician strikes up a tune in the entrance chowk to Jaisalmer Fort. Sure, he was doing it for the benjamins (baksheesh benjamins?), but he was engaging, friendly, and he knew what he was doing with his chunk of wood. Good on him.
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