Ramteerth revisited Part 2

We climbed a shikaraless temple's stone walls to get a better view of the surroundings.

The Shiva Linga within the walls. The circle looks perfect and design symmetric. I wonder how artists of those days achieved such precision. We got down and Veeresh got busy looking for something ...he would not tell us what.

South-eastern view of the temple.

I was lucky to even get this shot ...would not rest for more then a second at any spot. Kept fluttering around.

Life in a row ...these holes could be for breaking the rock into pieces with straight edges. Probably to be used for the half done smaller temple on which we had climbed.

While i was exploring, Veeresh was busy scribbling away on the rock. He must've spent a good 20 minutes writing... I got curious.

"Art work by Veeresh" was added below the date. It's a work of art indeed. Looks like J is about to swallow O. :)

From here, the surface sloped downwards and then a sudden 20 feet drop, and slopes down again towards a jungle covered valley ...that;s on the right.

Towards the left; more paddy fields. We went back up to the lizard face rock where Veeresh was leaving our team signature. We climbed it, being the highest point of the hill, we got a good view.

Temple from top of the rock. We must've stayed up there for about ten minutes. One by one we climbed down...

but Veeresh was still there. We asked is we should send him kaavi and kamadalu. He can stay up there and become a Swamiji chanting Om Namah Shivaya. I think it was Chetan who remarked he can say Ojoino Namaha instead!

Chetan and Neelaknt were brave enough to stand on loose rock on the overhang.

We took a different way back to the temple ...south-western view.

Colors and texture of dragonfly and rock match so well. Here we spoke about dragonflies' similarity to helicopters. How you could make them lift pebbles when you hold them by their wings.

Chetan spotted this butterfly and both of us approached it very slowly to get closeup
shots. The butterfly did not budge ...we guessed it's time must be up. Its wings look battered, may be it's just awaiting it's end.

This dragonfly reminds me of Rayban glasses with amber tint.

Veeresh becomes Manninamaga- son of the soil. I wanted few plants to take.

Chetan and Neel also joined. All set to become mannina makkalu. We stopped plucking when we had a handful.

This picture is a good picture for a birthday or love you card.

The sun was up and the soil had dried. it was so much easier walking now. We saw short and tall varieties of paddy.

The last leg of our trek back the car.

From here we drove to Sangolli Rayanna's memorial at Nandagadh. All we could see either side of the 4km drive was paddy fields. Rice seems to be a major produce in this part of Belgaum district.

Coordinates: 15°31'51"N 74°34'26"E

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