March 15, 2013 by brasiersarah
The milestone into Hampi a truly amazing place even though there is a prohibition on alcohol.These boulders are everywhere as far as the eye can see, seriously it’s an amazing landscape of pebbled hills, banana trees and rice paddies.This is the lake hugging Hampi where people go daily to wash their cloths and themselves. It’s also a bathing spot Lakshmi the only elephant in town. Like I said the landscape isn’t mirrored anywhere else, on this planet anyway. This giant is Lakshmi she is named after the goddess of prosperity, wealth (both spiritual and material), fortune and the embodiment of beauty. She is certainly treated like a goddess the locals take her daily for a bath and for a small price from the tourists Lakshmi gets a scrub down. She played like a dog in the water, throwing water on herself and diving head first into the river. She seemed genuinely happy unlike some of the tourist show animals around the traps. It was good to see a animal being treated so well (a rare sight in India) she was showered with affection from the masses making up for her not being with her own kind. Lakshmi’s skin was an industrial like barrier pampered with an industrial like brush. Just when you though you might be scrubbing to hard the keepers would tell you to scrub harder once everyone got in on it it was like a sweatshop. We scrubbed the elephant thoroughly even the eyelids had no refuge from the thick bristles. It’s truck slithered like a snake with perfect control, taking coins and gently placing them into their hands. Soft to the touch and the dexterity of a human hand the trunk is amazing just to watch let alone touch. A once in a life time experience, to be showered by an elephant! Lakshmi being fabulous. I guess it goes to shows that boys will be boys anywhere you go. Miss India! Well the up and coming one anyway, she struck up the pose as soon as the lens lined her up. For about $15 you could grab a gutless auto motor bike a put your life on the line out on the roads of India. It was great to get away from the rickshaw drivers and take your life back into your own hands. One of the many temples around Hampi.
Like I said a far as the eye can see this is the landscape a carefully constructed piece of art from mother earth. These boulders are a result from a granite monolith that is particularly weathered to create this bouldering affect, also rich in iron but thankfully cannot be mined due to the UNESCO world heritage listing. This picture displays the demolition of houses and shops that were standing on former ruins in the area. The thing is that nothing was done after the demolition, no restoration work no nothing resulting in an area of rubble and rubbish right next to a beautiful temple. Even the locals are stumped by the government reasoning but you come to accept these kinds of half assed ideas in India unless you’re in the nice part of town. This was the man that brought us to the snake charmer, he himself catched snakes for a living and took us to a local village near Hampi so we could shit our pants. This mannnnnnnThis man was the snake charmer and he taught us that the trick is not in the music. He said that it is in the motion that he dose, so he sits cross legged and sways back and fourth like a casualty of the Melbourne Cup and charms the snakes. Some of the children in the village, these were not the ones I got to play cricket though. When I asked for the toilet I had three kids direct me to bush 100m from the village after starting my business I turned around to see a group of about fifteen kids watching me go to the toilet. After that I was shown to a makeshift cricket ground where I was quoted 200Rs to have a bat but some of the team overturned that decision. I hit off a couple of fours after having the ball directly pitched at by the same kid that quoted me the 200Rs. I decided to make a quick get away so I shook and recited thirty hands and thirty names and committed them to the part of my brain not reserved for memory. After some convincing Sarah finally got the snake around her neck.Though it may not look like it I am completely shitting myself. YBOLO (your baby only lives once) These two were a couple kept in the same basket it was amazing how they would intertwine and try to strike incoming hands. It was an amazing thing to see snake charming in the position we did the small family hut and group of children watching us as we watched the snakes. The cobras had their fangs cut out which meant there was no serious chance of dying but that didnt make it any easier to have them around your neck. They sat there and hissed when a hand drew close breathing so heavily that their whole bodies would inflate it was a very intimidating effect, perfectly evolved to scare the hell out of you. The mark on the back cobra’s hood is said to be the mark Brahma left on the cobra after he stamped on it.