Monthly Archives: October 2010

The musical stone pillars at Vijayanagar

THIS PICTURE shows a temple in Hampi – Vijayanagar – with stone pillars that can be played like a musical instrument.

No one knows how this is done. It is a real phenomenon. Although the pillars are now closed off to the public, at the Virupaksha Temple there are also two musical stone pillars and I have personally struck one and heard the very clear sound. In the same temple, there is a camera obscura too.

In times of yore, the pillars in the picture were played by musicians at the temple with their sound resonating through the valley where the mandir is. Vijayanagar was one of the wonders that was in India, and there is a great deal of comment from Western observers about just how powerful and wonderful it was, in its day. ♥

Indradhanush over Nath Sthan in Oxford

AT the bottom of the picture, a dovecot. The doves are away but they do come out to play.