Grade 4 recently enjoyed a study trip to Hampi, once the capital of the Vijayanagara empire. Archeologists are striving to rebuild Hampi to what it was back then. At the Hampi Archeological museum at Kamalapura. we saw a 3D physical map of ancient Hampi and also sculptures of kings, gods, traders, holy animals and displays of armoury and stones from the Stone Age and coins from the time of Krishnadeva Raya. Hampi is divided into 2 parts- The Sacred Centre and the Royal Centre. When we visited Vithalapur we saw a Pushkarni, a monument which looks like a step-tank with a small temple made at the centre. Vithila temple is one of the monuments which was attacked and looted by the Bahamanis. The stone chariot, a model of a chariot made of stone, was something to see!
We also climbed the Hemakuta hill. Mahanamavi Dibba is a part of the Royal Centre where we saw the king’s platform, climbed on top of it and saw the entire area from the top. Then we went to the Hazararama temple. It had carvings of the Ramayana story. We also saw the Lotus Mahal and the elephant stables which had an Islamic influence in its architecture. We hiked up till the top of the highest hill in Hampi -the Matanga hillock where we heard the peacocks cooing at sunset!
On our final day of the trip we visited the Tungabhadra dam and learnt about the water plan. We had a great learning experience at Hampi.
RUHI, ARAINA, AARUSHI (G4-A)
Getting to know our city
“Do we know the History of Bangalore?” the question made us realize that we didn’t know much of the history of our own city and therefore set out on a day trip about Bangalore History. On 29th October 2019, after a short fun ride, we reached our first stop – a man-made lake called Kempambudi Kere lake built in the 1500s. The lake is a fine example of irrigation techniques. Our second stop was at Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace which was built between 1781 and 1791 when Tipu Sultan was ruling Bangalore. We discussed and learned about how Tipu Sultan interacted with the public and how the art and architecture were back then in palaces. Our next stop was at the Halasuru Someshwara Swamy Temple.
This temple is the oldest temple in the city and is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. We learned about how the art and architecture were interconnected to the beliefs and values prevailing in those times. Our final stop was one of the oldest churches in Bangalore – Holy Trinity Church, during which we learned about how written records are important to show the past and how British architecture is different from ours.
It was an extremely exciting, interesting and informative trip as we were able to understand clearly the interconnection of agriculture, art & architecture, religion and culture and written language to the growth of civilization in Bangalore.
AKSHITA RAI (G4-A)