An Architectural Wonder- “MUSICAL PILLARS” at Vittala Temple, Hampi

The Hindu temple architecture has evolved greatly in the last 2000 years. Some of the Hindu temples in South India constructed during 8th century and later period (15th-17th century) have interesting architectural elements called musical pillars.

The Vittala temple is one of the principal monuments of Hampi. As its name implies, the 16th century temple is dedicated to Vittala, an aspect of Vishnu worshipped in the Maratha country.

Vittala Temple is best known for its musical pillars which give melodious and feet tapping sounds. When these solid stone pillars are struck with a finger they produce audible sound just like bell ringing or like musical instruments.

“The musical pillars are a testimony of Hindu art, comprising of 56 Musical Pillars also known as the SaRiGaMa Pillars. Sa, Ri, Ga, Ma, are the four of the seven musical notes.”

To debunk the mystery of the chanting pillars, the British cut two pillars… But they found nothing inside.

Surprisingly these pillars are not hollow one, they are solid rock. This shows the skill of  the stone mason who actually spotted excellent probability to cut stones in different sizes that produces different sounds.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has restricted tourists from entering the Mantap and tapping the pillars to produce musical notes from January 26 with a view to preserving the ancient monument for posterity.

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