Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Hampi Sacred Center: Photo 41
The view upstream toward Virupaksha. Writing in the journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal for 1854, a Captain Newbold, stationed at Kurnool, compared the landscape to Sinai and called it the Arabia Petraea of southern India. "The whole of the extensive site occupied by the ruins of Bijanugger on the south bank of the Tumbuddra, and of its suburb Annegundi on the northern bank, is occupied by great bare piles and bosses of granite and granitoidal gneiss, separated by rocky defiles and narrow rugged valleys encumbered by precipitated masses of rock...." Nothing much has changed except the decline of polysyllables.
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