This picture was taken right outside the Virupaxa temple in Hampi, operational since the 7th century, making it one of the oldest functioning temples in India.
"Hampi was once part of the Kishkinda Empire...", Swami, the young man walking in front of us was saying. I had a faint idea that this 'empire' had something to do with the Ramayana, the Indian Epic. "You mean the monkey kingdom to which Hanuman belonged?" I was trying to catch up with him. "Yes yes. The kingdom of Bali and Sugreeva... Sree Hanuman was their warrior" He hurried on to show me the next cave. I think it would be quite an understatement to say that Hampi has an old world charm of its own. The ancient city stands tall, proud and silent. In my forthcoming posts, I plan to show glimpses of this city as I saw it during my brief visit to Hampi. If you have loved your grandma's tales, I'm sure you would fall in love with Hampi.