But it is also true that a sculptor injects life in stones by using simple chisel and hammer. Building breathtaking sculptures, artists have already changed our perception about stones. But here, we are not going to talk about common sculptures but something very unique that you might not have seen or heard before.

We all know that stone is voiceless, but do you know it can produce as melodious sound as musical instruments do?
Hampi Vittala Temple, situated at Hampi, Karnataka, built during the reign of King Devaraya II (1422 – 1446 AD) will take you by surprise as the temple is devised by a set of musical instruments which are built of stones in shapes of pillars.

Each of the pillars that support the roof of the main temple is representing a musical instrument.  The seven musical minor pillars are arranged around the main pillar and there are a total of 56 pillars. These seven pillars produce seven notes from the representative instruments such as Sitar, Sankha, and other string and percussion instruments. These pillars are also known as SAREGAMA pillars,
The amazing set of pillars was built on a scientific arrangement to create the melody using an acoustic system and velocity of the sound. Musical pillars manifest India’s rich legacy of science.

The astonishing pillars amazed even the British. The curiosity about this unique stone art drove them to cut one of the pillars to check the procedure behind this wonder, but all they found was hollow space.Dedicated to Lord Vittala, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the temple is also famous for stone chariot or ratha. This is one of the three famous stone chariots in India after Konark and Mahabalipuram. The temple complex is a sprawling area that is surrounded by high compound walls and three towering gateways with many halls, shrines, and pavilions located inside it.

Written by Raju Kumar/JPN

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