Museums of Bangalore: Indian Musical Experience

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Watch the video here:  https://youtu.be/xuSdTK4XeoI Overview: I thought Bangalore just had 2-3 museums which are well known until a few years ago, but a little research opened up my thoughts as I discovered several museums within the city. I have decided to visit all the museums in the city and document those.  The first one on the list is the Indian Musical Experience in JP Nagar 7th phase. This beautiful museum is dedicated to the evolution and science behind different forms of music from traditional to contemporary.  As we enter the museum, in the inner courtyard, we can see a sound garden, where we can learn about the sounds created from natural things like wood, stones, and metals. We can try our hand in generating music as well. This area is well enjoyed by both adults and children. We then get inside the museum and the experience starts from the 3rd floor, where we are shown a small animated movie with different types of sound created by nature. From there we enter an interacti

Hemavathi, Andhra Pradesh: Ancient Nolamba Capital

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Overview: I always wanted to visit this place called Hemavathi, which is on the thin strip of Andhra Pradesh surrounded by Karnataka on both the sides. Hemavathi was a very popular place during the 8th century and was the capital of Nolamba Pallavas, and was called Hajneri. The Hemavathi temple complex is a huge set of monuments, most of which have been destroyed, but the remains have been preserved in the museum, also within the temple complex.
The first structure one would observe is an ash mound at the entrance of the complex, followed by a Dhwaja Stambha. The entrance opens up to a large courtyard with shelters provided for visitors. A small mantapa is built at the temple entrance, probably housed the Nandi bull, which is missing today. The main diety is of Siddheshwara, which has an idol of meditating Shiva. The temple priest was kind enough to explain us about the history of the place. The back of the Siddheshwara temple opens up into another set of temples, with a beautiful stepped well at the beginning, and a few hero stones placed next to it. A few metres ahead is another temple dedicated to Lord Mallikarjunaswamy with a beautiful Shiva Linga, which is not live today, but maintained by the authorities.
Apart from this temple, there are a few temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Unfortunately, many Shiva Lingas are just kept in the open with the Nandi statue looking at it. The temple structures are all preserved in the museum. The temples have a mixed set of materials used by different rulers. Some of the areas have granite rock, and a few places have soapstone.
Overall, a beautiful place to visit.
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Food: Prasada is served at the temple, rice and sambar, which is a bit spicy. Apart from this, there are no places for proper food in the entire area.
How to reach: From Bangalore, take the Tumkur highway and after Sira, turn north east towards Amarapura. Around 20 kms before Amarapura, turn right towards Hemavathi.
References: http://gloriousindianpast.blogspot.in/2016/01/hemavathi-very-ancient-and-historic.html
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