Basic question-Why would I want to write about Belur and Halebid group of temples?But people do write about Taj Mahal, right? In these wide world of ours, there are people who have not seen the Taj. Hence to those who have not yet seen the wonders of Belur and Halebid, here is to you.
There was a hush in the forest. The forest guard bent low and pointed at the whiskers of a tiger cub and quietly exclaimed “ there…a cub!” Ankush, Dinesh, my wife Srividhya and I directed our gaze eagerly to fill our retina with the image of the tiger. Then we heard a loud crunch! Krishna, my son, was munching on a big packet of chips. I was horrified and admonished him for bringing a chips packet to the forest. His reasoning was simple. “ You are so worried about the tiger. What about me? I am hungry and can’t control anymore!” Has anyone won an argument with an eight-year-old?
Influence of the Vijayanagar empire spread far and wide during the intervening years of 1300 to 1650 AD. For 300 years, the empire grew from strength to strength and during its zenith, their reign extended from the Bengal to Kerala. The magnificent murals of Lepakshi stands now a forlorn witness to the glorious heights the Vijayanagar empire achieved in the field of art and architecture.