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Tourists oppose ban on touching musical pillars

Staff Correspondent

Fights between tourists and staff a common scene



ALL EARS: A file photo of tourists listening to the melodious sounds emanating from the granite pillars at the Vijaya Vittala temple in Hampi.

HAMPI: Seema, a doctor from New Delhi, is marvelled by the ancient architectural monuments and ruins at world-famous Hampi, the erstwhile seat of the Vijayanagar empire. But returns disappointed, as she could not listen to the melodious musical notes produced from the famed stone pillars in the Vijaya Vittala complex.

"We had heard about the architectural marvels at Hampi and were fascinated when told that musical notes are produced from the stone pillars. We came here with all eagerness to have a glimpse of the architectural marvel and listen to the musical notes only to find that restrictions have been imposed," a disappointed group of tourists from Mysore bemoaned.

Disappointed

Similar is the experience of hundreds of tourists, including foreigners, who have come all the way to see the architectural marvel of the Vijayanagar period.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has restricted tourists from entering the mantap and tapping the pillars to produce musical notes from January 26 with a view to preserving the ancient monument for posterity.

According to sources in the ASI, some of the pillars had developed cracks and it was inevitable for them to initiate steps to prevent all the tourists from touching the pillars.

"Tourists visiting the complex has increased and it has been very difficult for the authorities and guards to prevent visitors from touching the pillars," a senior official told The Hindu.

The Vijaya Vittala temple complex with its architectural splendour enchants tourists to Hampi. Visitors throng the complex to have a glimpse of the world-famous stone chariot, listen to the musical notes from the stone pillars and so on.

Restrictions

Though boards have been displayed about the restrictions imposed, heated arguments between the tourists, including foreigners and the guards/staff have become common scene with the former demanding that they had come all the way to see the architectural marvel by purchasing ticket and should not be disappointed.

Dr. Seema is of the view that the authorities, in order not to disappoint the tourists, should arrange for playing of musical pillars by their own staff. ASI could prevent tourists from going near the pillars but should make arrangements for the tourists to listen to the musical notes, she said.

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