She spent three hours at the world heritage site
HAMPI: President Pratibha Patil’s remarks, penned in the visitors’ book of the Archaeological Survey of India, after visiting the world famous Hampi on Sunday, were evocative: "Excellent man-made creation, which is still lively. It tells about the history, architectural beauty, music, belief, faith and continuity of life, where stones speak, spread music and give inspiration to future generations. I compliment the staff of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for their efforts."
The President, accompanied by her husband Devisingh Shekhawat and senior officials, visited five monuments at Hampi during her three-hour visit to the world heritage site. Pushparekha, president of the zilla panchayat and Virupakshappa, Koppal MP, were among those who welcomed the President at the make-shift helipad at Hotel Mayura Bhuvaneshwari in the morning.
At the Virupaksha Temple, Ms. Pratibha Patil was given a traditional “poorna kumbha” welcome amid chanting of “veda goshas”. After having the darshan of Sri Virupaksha, Ms. Patil viewed photographs of Hampi.
She went on to visit the Ugra Narasimha, the gigantic idol and the Lotus Mahal, well-known for its architectural beauty. Ms. Patil was taken around in a battery-operated vehicle in the Zanana enclosure housing the Lotus Mahal. She also went to the elephant stables before proceeding towards Hazara Rama Temple.
Ms. Patil spent about 20 minutes at the Vijaya Vittala Temple complex, which houses the stone chariot and musical pillars. She listened to the melodious musical notes emanating from the stone pillars when tapped, and gave a patient hearing to the explanation given by Keshav, Deputy Superintendent of ASI.
Christy Fernandes, Secretary to the President; Lt. Gen. Vinod Chopra, Military Secretary; P.B. Mahishi, Chief Secretary Government of Karnataka; P.P. Prabhu and T.K.H. Tharakan, advisers to the Governor; Shankar Bidari, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order); H.N. Satyanarayan Rao, Inspector-General of Police (Eastern Range) Davanagere; V.P. Halkatti, Superintendent Archaeologist ASI; Arvind Srivastav, Deputy Commissioner; and Amrit Paul, Superintendent of Police, were among other senior officials to accompany the President during her visit to Hampi.