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Am a contradiction of sorts. i love going out and having a good time with friends, and i can also stay home chill out over a book or a movie..

Am very passionate about writing, so give me a topic and watch me float away into wonderland... Love reading books- sometimes i read 3books simultaneously, crazy about music- need it all around me, all the time and ofcourse, i totally am ga ga goo goo over my 7yr old naughty brat- Floppy!! errr, Prince Floppy!! :)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Skywatch Friday, The King's Balance


As i made my way around the outer wall of Vittala Temple, Hampi when i spotted this huge arch of sorts on the left with a few structures beyond on the mountain, a guide walking with a group referred to it as the King's Balance. Curious, i walked closer to the group to see if i could catch a few words and insight on this sturcture... 

Also known as the Tula Bhara, this monument is made of 2 lofty carved granite pillars soaring to nearly 15 feet high and supported a stone beam across stretching about 12 feet fitted with 3 hoops on its underside. I went closer to inspect the pillars and noticed that one of them has a bas-relief depicting a king with 2 queens. Legend has it that these were depictions of King Krishnadeva Raya and his consorts. 

The structure resembles an entrance or a doorway towards the Kampa Bhupa’s Path located behind the Vittala temple. 

Back in the days, the King's balance was used to weigh the Kings of Vijayanagara and offer charity & donations in form of Grains, Gold, Diamonds and other precious stones to the people from the kingdom. This was done on special occasions like the Solar, and Lunar eclipse.

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10 comments:

  1. There are Ruins,
    and then
    there are
    more ruins...

    A Tula Bhara
    or King's Balance,
    in Lord Vitthala's presence
    in ancient Hampi.
    Grains
    and Precious metal
    weighed against the King,
    and
    distributed to the
    ordinary folks
    of the kingdom.

    Today,
    a different Tula Bhara
    in
    so called
    developed cities.
    Away from a heavenly presence,
    Bribes ,
    matched by
    the equivalent
    of an ordinary man's
    several years' earnings,
    are collected
    and directed
    to the
    rulers pockets.

    And I wonder
    which are living ruins
    and
    which are dead....

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  2. Nice shot of a beautiful architecture.

    www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.com

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  3. Such an interesting and beautiful piece of architecture, fascinating history and all of that and lovely skies and clouds!! Superb post and photo for the day, Aarti! Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  4. Lovely shot and good description

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  5. lovely!! and to think i missed this at hampi!!! really have to go again!

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  6. nice shot !!!!!!!!! great monument......... such sculpting engineering is amazing

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