March 21, 2011

Beehives, bats and a temple

We went to Ramappa, near Warangal, where there is a 12th century Shiva temple built by the Kakatiya kings. I had gone there many years back. Nothing had changed. In a way I was happy, but then, I do wish AP Tourism would build a good place for people to stay overnight, and maybe have a few safe picnic spots (sans hordes of monkeys) and arrange for treks into the jungle near the temple. The only guest house that has always been there, is in a dilapidated state. It did not even get a coat of paint in years. Apart from this, it is definitely a great place to go...the temple is beautiful, the air is fresh and the trees look robust. Would be great to stay overnight.

Anyone wants to go to Ramappa...ask me and I will tell you how best to get there. Here are some images:

Just before we reached the temple, we had to stop to admire this tree with about 20 beehives...


...and this tree had more than 200 bats hanging from it!


The Ramappa Temple

This famous 'typical Ramappa' bracket on the left shows a woman shooing away a monkey...


... obviously she didn't succeed, because they are still there!

I love this view of the temple

The Tabebuias (tree of gold) and Buteas (flame of the forest) outside the temple

I have never seen this tree before...any help in identifying it is welcome, I wonder if it is a peepal with fresh new pink leaves?

There is a lot of renovation work going on inside and around the temple

These flowers are called Kondagogu in Telugu. I have never seen them before, and was told that the trees are in the forest behind the temple. Would like to see the tree some day.
We used to find pieces of bricks seen here (on top) when we went to Ramappa as children. The unique thing about these bricks was that they had a pumice-stone like quality--they floated in water and didn't disintegrate.
My mother (and part of my father) outside the gate of the temple
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This is the Ramappa lake. Very large with lots of water.

This picture is so symbolic of everything nice...the fields, the openness, and don't miss the orange and green flags on the auto!

5 comments:

Vasudeva said...

Nice pictures. You need a polarizing filter on your camera. It will help in these situations. The "kondagogu" flower is Bombax ceiba. You can see several pictures in my TEZU album that I sent you sometime ago. Karnataka govt has done much better in conservation and making places like these accessible to public. Our govt babus should have a look and learn from them.

Ramesh said...

What a lovely blog !! You made my day bringing back the childhood memories of trips to Ramappa and Pakhal from School. Nice photos too.Also the Numaish memories and Lai lappa yo-yo's was very enjoyable.

Arundhati Jayarao said...

Sadhana- The bats and hives pictures are amazing- if there are hives-there must be trees and flowers- in a way I must say am glad the government doesn't give it attention - the moment it is attended too-it becomes commercial and all the magic goes out of the window- did you notice any mosquitoes near the Ramappa temple? The bats eat them up! Thats what I learned a while back! Bats consume mosquitoes in millions! Now that is nature's way of getting rid of unpleasant critters!

Sadhana Ramchander said...

@Vasudeva: I use a very basic 7.5 mega pixel camera. Somehow have no aptitude for something more technical. I will leave that to Ragini! Thanks for identifying the flower.

@Ramesh: Thank you. I do want to visit Pakhal. Remember the small water tank in which children used to jump in and have loads of fun?!

@Arundhati: Wow...that's a very interesting piece of info (about bats eating up mosquitoes). So what we need is a pet bat!! Yes, Nature is truly amazing.

Arundhati Jayarao said...

http://www.batcon.org/index.php/media-and-info/bats-archives.html?task=viewArticle&magArticleID=47

http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/id/wildlife/mammals/bats.Par.53431.File.dat/benefits_of_bats_upright_508.pdf

I will send you the pdf file.