By the Tree
This ancient tree stands by the Tungabhadra overlooking a bend in the river. Around it are the ancient monuments of Hampi.
Earlier I had witnessed the sacred washing of the temple effigy in the steadily flowing waters and now, with the procession returning, it was time to spend a moment in the shade of this revered tree. Here there was chai available to the passing pilgrims and tourists. Postcards too are just a few Rupees, and they provide a meagre income for the sellers, usually boys, seeking to build a business.
The scene almost looks like a film set, but its no painted backdrop, and this tree made a very welcome spot of shade after walking in the heat of the day.