16 Jul, 5 tweets, 2 min read
Do you know Virupaksha temple at Hampi is one of the best practical examples of science? In this Hampi temple, you can see the gopuram’s inverted image in one of the rooms in the temple. Isn't it quite marvelous to see how advanced our ancestors were in science and technology?
The shadow of the tower of Virupaksha Temple falls inverted inside the wall of the temple through a lens-like hole structure. It is called Pinhole Camera System or camera obscura effect.

A shadow usually forms when an object blocks the path of light. However, the object should
be opaque because transparent and translucent objects do no block the path completely.

As of the temple, when the light falls on the gopuram (object), it blocks light forming shadow. The shadow would have formed in front of the gopuram, but our ancestors were smart enough
to pass it through the small opening on the wall (aperture) acting as a mirror (that reflects an inverted image) or a lens that does the same.

The only way through which the light enters the room is the aperture (opening) and the image or the shadow is cast inverted. Also, the
shadow cast has a pinch of golden color that is breathtaking. Therefore, the structure is amazing and the phenomenon of inverting golden shadow is still a mystery. Our ancestors were way ahead of what we know today.

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