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Hanuman Temple at Anjaneya Hill

in India
on: 24 September 2012

The locals believe in the monkey god, Hanuman and his birthplace to be located at Anjaneya's hill in the center of Anegondi, just across the Tungabhadra River from Hampi. To reach the temple dedicated to Hanuman, one need to climb up the stairs from the foothill to the rocky hilltop for about half an hour.

The view from the top is superb where one can have a 360 degrees view of the plains below. Networks of paddy fields, coconut trees, temples, ruin sites and the arid landscape of uncountable huge boulders strewn all over as far as one can see. The strong breeze adds to the experience on the hilltop. Monkeys can be seen everywhere looking for a quick feed of bananas.

This image shows the small Hanuman temple at the top of Anjaneya Hill.

"Cak, cak, cak!"

"Kecak, kecak, kecak, kecak..."

The fast-tempo drone of the kecak cries by fifty bare-chested men permeated the Uluwatu amphitheater. The cries provide the auditory backdrop for the Hindu love story of Rama and Sita, the kidnapping of Sita by Ravana, the crazy antics of the monkey king Hanuman and the beheading of the villain in the end. Delem and Tualen provided the comic reliefs in the otherwise tensed drama.

This image was taken in the beginning of the performance when the men formed the kecak 'orchestra' to begin the love story.

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