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The Vittala Temple in Hampi was famous for its musical pillars in its heyday. The slender monolithic granite pillars were constructed to sound the different notes of the scale when struck. Today, the pillars are guarded from whimsical beatings of visitors to protect it from further damage. These pillars pictured here were from another pavilion opened to visitors.

Hampi is a UNESCO site where the ruins of the ancient Vijayanagara empire still stands. Some has been extensively restored for posterity and viewing by visitors. The area covers some 26 square kilometers across the arid boulder-strewn landscape.

This shrine that looks like a stone chariot is an icon of the Vittala Temple in Hampi. Elaborately carved, it has axis shafts for the four stone wheels. Previously, it is said that the wheels were free to rotate as the chariot does not rest on them.

Vittala Temple is one of the major highlights in the sacred area next to the Tungabhadra River. The temple is well-known for the 56 musical pillars that emit specific musical notes when tapped. In the sprawling complex, the various pavilions, halls, shrines and towers were also beautifully carved with figures and creatures.

Vittala Temple is counted as part of the UNESCO listed Group of Monuments in Hampi.

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