Raya Gopuram, Melkote

The four incomplete pillars of Raya Gopuram of Melkote look stunning against the bright blue sky. There are many folklore around this structure, one of them being: a sculptor was challenged to complete the construction of pillars and tower over it in one night. The sculptor and his team seemed to be doing well when his opponents fearing the sculptor would win, rang the morning bells at two in the night instead of five in the morning. The sculptor abandoned his work and the pillars stand incomplete to this day.

I took it just ‘another story’ associated to the place. The pillars do look incomplete with no tower built over it. It looks as if the work was abandoned in a hurry. It is also known as Gopalraya entrance leading to the hill. Climbing up the structure I found boulders scattered. Wasn’t this the same place where Aishwaray Rai, Miss World 1994 danced for the movie Guru? Amazing what lighting effects could do to a simple place full of boulders like this!

Do watch this song sequence “barso re”, to see the place ‘Raya Gopuram’ where the sequence was shot.

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21 Responses to “Raya Gopuram, Melkote

  • I like the way that look against the blue sky. In some way incomplete or damaged structures that are left have their own beauty and poignancy.

  • The lighting is indeed amazing and such beautiful skies!! Great video! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!


  • Oh Indrani!! =) What a very very beautiful song!! I just love it! And the fascinating nature, absolutely gorgeous!! The waterfall – wow!!!! =)

    Thanks for sharing Indrani! 🙂

  • and.. so fun to see she dances on the same place as your pictures of the pillars are from! 🙂

  • Good pictures and a wonderful song….i like it Indrani.

  • Lovely song, lovely place. Happy new year!

  • fascinating legends/myths

  • There are 3 such Rajagopuras built by Vijayanagar kings , one in melkote ,Mahabalipuram and Tadapatri . And all are incomplete .

  • Amazing structures and I really enjoyed the video you included!
    Best wishes for the upcoming New Year!

  • Your last shot is gorgeous!

  • The blue sky provided a beautiful backdrop, great contrast of colors!

  • Saw the 1st image and for a minute thought it was Hampi!! beautiful.. have seen shows and pics of Melkote, but yet to visit…

  • Liebe Indrani,

    sehr beeindruckend deine Fotos, auch das hier eingestellte Vodeo ist grossartig. DANKE!!!

    Liebe Grüsse aus der Schweiz


  • What a lovely lovely blue sky!

  • Iam always fasinated by such works…one similar incomplete 'rayagopuram' is there next to meenakshi temple in madurai and as always has many folklores around it

  • Very impressive and what a contrast to this blue sky ! The video clip is very special, love the music too !

  • I think the story of the builder's challenge is a pretty good explanation of the incomplete look of this place. Your first photo is stunning, and I like the details on the pillar in your second photo. Thanks, too, for sharing the video shot at this place.

  • I am a fan of Ms. Rai ever since ^_^ And yes the video is amazing. The lighting is so good well filmed. Thanks for sharing and happy weekend!


  • Thanks for sharing the video, Indrani. Though I've seen the Barso Se video before, I probably wouldn't have recognised it from the photographs. And yes, that's such a beautiful song!

  • Super Structure..Well covered.. Reminds me of my visit..

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