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Lotus Mahal, Royal Centre Hampi

Lotus Mahal, Royal Centre Hampi
Made by Mukul Banerjee (www.mukulbanerjee.com)
The one that needs a special mention inside the Zenana Enclosure is the Lotus Mahal. Or rather this is the highlight in Zenana Enclosure. The style of it is a pleasant departure from the typical architecture you see in Hampi. The exact function of this is not surely known. Located inside the Zenana enclosure, most probably this was a socializing area for the women folks in the royal family. Also known as Chitragani Mahal and Kamal Mahal, this falls under the secular or nonreligious categories of structures in Hampi. It’s peculiar to note that this is one of the beautiful structures that were left undamaged during the siege of the city. However there are some signs of mutilations on a few sculptures placed on the outer surface. Unlike the other major structures in Hampi, this is made out of lime mortar and brick made composition. The shape of the structure is what brought it the name. The archways and the balcony with the domed construction resemble a half opened lotus bud. Also is the lotus bud shape carved on to the center dome. Basically this is a two storied structure with an open base floor the sidewalls are having tall arched windows. The upper floors have balconies with arched windows. Hook like structures are made on to the wall close to the windows to hang curtain. The arches of the ground floor are recessed and ornate. The decorations and architecture is a curious mix of Hindu and Islamic styles. Lotus Mahal’s Islamic style arches and the Hindu style multiplayer roof and base structure are often quoted for the ingenuity of the Vijayanagara artisans.

Musical pillars at the Vittala Temple, Hampi (15th century)

Musical pillars at the Vittala Temple, Hampi (15th century)
Made by olderock1
Vittala Temple (15th century AD), dedicated to Vishnu, is an architectural spectacle. Its highlights are the iconic stone chariot of Hampi and impressive musical pillared halls. The Stone Chariot is a shrine for Garuda, the vahana or vehicle of Vishnu. Built with many giant granite blocks, the joints are hidden by carvings and decorative features that adorn the chariot. The base platform has carvings of battle scenes from the Hindu epics. The chariot appears to rest on four giant wheels that are carved complete with axis shafts and brakes. It appears from marks on the platform that the wheels were once free to move around the axis. Two elephants are positioned in front of the chariot as though they are pulling the chariot. The Maha-Mantapa (or great open hall) of the Vittala temple, though partially damaged is a feast for the eyes. It stands on an ornate platform carved with a series of floral motifs and a chain of horses, their trainers and traders. The Maha-Mantapa contains four open halls within, of which the south, north and east halls are still intact. The central western hall is collapsed, probably due to an arson that followed the fall of the capital. The eastern hall, called the musicians hall, has pillars carved with musicians, drummers, and dancers. The southern hall is carved with mythical creatures called Yalis, with the pillars branching into heavily ornate corbels that terminate in lotus buds. The northern hall is surrounded by a series of pillars with Narasimha themes. The outermost pillars are musical pillars that emit musical tones when tapped.

Hazaram Temple

Hazaram Temple
Made by Rahul N
I request all to PLEASE COMMENT WITHOUT ANY GIFs or IMAGES. Thanks for every comment :) This is the Temple of the main deity of the king krishnadevaraya, its a magnificent temple with very rich carvings all around. one of the most remarkable features of this temple is that the whole story of Ramayana (one of the most sacred scriptures in Hinduism) is is carved in pictures around the temple. all the main scenes of the Ramayana are carved in stone walls of the temple. Other than the Hindu deities, there also Buddhist and other carvings. on the outside wall of the temple, The Structure of the army is schematically carved. Interestingly the wide Presence of females in the Army and especially in the upper ranks of it is unmistakable in these carvings. in fact all over the city carvings, the role of women in 'traditionally' male milieu like defence and security, wrestling and kick boxing, is very apparently visible. The Variety of the topics of carvings in Vajayanagar empire is really commendable. it includes Hindu Deities, Buddhist monks, Chinese merchants, animals (especially horse elephants, bull and snakes), Army, women dancing and fighting, music, and much more. Some of the Carvings are so intelligently designed that they contain as many as 6 multiple figures in the single piece. one of the very famous of these is the figure which looks like a bull from one side and an elephant from other (to convey the message that Shaivites and Vaishnavites are same).

Mustered Ganesh @Hampi

Mustered Ganesh @Hampi
Made by CharuSharma
Mustered Ganesh, Hampi It is a 12 Ft high Monolithic Statue. Thanks to the resemblance the giant monolithic Ganesha statue is locally called Sasivekalu(mustard seed)Ganesha. This is located on the southern foothill of the Hemakuta Hill. In Hindu mythology Lord Ganesha (also known as Ganapathi or Vinayaka) is notorious for his food habit. One day he ate so much of food that his tummy almost busted. He just caught a snake and tied it around his tummy as a belt to save his tummy from bursting. On this statue you can see the snake carved around his tummy. Also he holds the goad, pasha (noose), and his broken tusk. The hand which holds modak (a kind of sweet ball) is broken and not reconstructed. This monolithic statue carved out of a huge boulder measures about 2.4 meters (8 feet). An open pavilion is build around the statue. According to inscriptions found nearby this pavilion was built by a trader from Chandragiri (in present day Andhra Pradesh)in 1506 AD, in memory of one of the Vijayanagara king – Narasimha II (1491-1505 AD) A bit north of Sasivekalu Ganesha is another giant statue of Ganesha, called The Kadalekalu Ganesha.

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Made by CharuSharma
Hanuman Temple, Anjaneya Hill, Karnataka, India. This hill believed to be the birthplace of Hanuman is located in the center of Anegondi area. You can see this hill from the Hampi side of the river as you trek along the Kampa Bhups’s (the riverside trek) Path. At the top of the hill is the temple dedicated for Hanuman, the monkey god. According to Hindu mythology he was born to Anjana. Thus Hanuman is also known as Anjaneya and his birthplace as Anjaneyadri (Anjaneya’s hill). You can easily spot this hill from a distance as the temple at the hilltop is whitewashed and a white trail of steps zigzagging all the way to the top.

Hampi, Karnataka (India) - to see the truth

Hampi, Karnataka (India) - to see the truth
Made by streetcorner
A half blind man came to the temple to pray - Hampi, Karnataka (India) ______________________________________________________________________________ Despite drastic improvements in hygiene and treatments, many Indian people still commonly suffer from debilitating disease, very often waterborne. Blindness and glaucoma are the most blatant signs of the recurrent fevers, seizures and parasites that plague the country. ______________________________________________________________________________ Come visit my pro website www.bricerichard.com for more stories.

participate

participate
Made by themargi
Let us be men of the moment , my friend. Let us scale forts, cross moats, size palaces and thus answer when history calls. Let us light the diya, ring the temple bell and embrace the divine orchestra as they perform for Goddesses on caparisoned elephants. Let us roam the jungles on foot, be awed by the gushing water of the full falls post the monsoons, lose our breath uphill the ghats and thus be a link in the cultural continuum that binds man with gaia. Let us read and write a few good lines before we pass. Let us participate, my friend! --------------------- MahaNavami Dibba, Hampi, Bellary district, Karnataka[Dec-6,2009]

Hampi | Hazara Rama Temple

Hampi | Hazara Rama Temple
Made by Harusha
Hazara Rama Temple is one of the beautiful temples in Hampi. It has lots of frescos from Ramayana. Every inch of this temple depicts an important event from the great epic. The structure seen in this picture is one of the side entrances to the temple. The view was beautiful, reminded me of the song Yellow Lemon Tree by fools garden If you notice the picture carefully you can find a fresco on the second pillar from the left which depicts the Rama breaking the bow at Seeta's Swayamvara.

Hampi | Lotus Mahal

Hampi | Lotus Mahal
Made by Harusha
Probably one of the famous and beautiful structures at Hampi. Purpose of Lotus Mahal is a bit unknown. Some say it worked like air-conditioned stay for the Queen. Access to ground floor or first floor is restricted to preserve this monument. The day we were there, few sketch artists were in the process of capturing its beauty on a white paper... I didn't increase the brightness, it was a sunny day, noon time. I usually struggle to capture during harsh light, but this was an exception.

Stepped Tank

Stepped Tank
Made by Amar Raavi
Stepped Tank, part of Royal Enclosure at Hampi is another wonderful piece of art. This recently excavated stepped tank made out of black schist measuring about 22 meters in square and 7 meters deep is very ornate with 5 distinct tiers of steps. Each step is marked with its position and direction, may be because these steps were pre-fabricated and then assembled at this place or they intend to move it from place to place?

Lotus Mahal

Lotus Mahal
Made by Rahul N
I request all to PLEASE COMMENT WITHOUT ANY GIFs or IMAGES. Thanks for every comment :) Lotus Mahal is one of the Queens Time pass place. it was is two storied, the ground floor is a large platform with lattice of pillars, the first floor has windows on all four sides. there are pipe channels in the building which were used to circulate water in order to keep the queens living room cool.

Hampi-Queen's Bath 007

Hampi-Queen's Bath 007
Made by ajayclicks
Projecting balconies in Queen’s Bath; an aquatic complex, supposedly used by royal women for bathing. A plain rectangular building from outside with stunningly ornate interiors. Hampi, as it is popularly known today was the medieval capital of the Hindu empire Vijayanagara (the City of Victory). Hampi in the Karnataka state of India is listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Lotus Mahal

Lotus Mahal
Made by Sandeep K Bhat
Mahal means palace. This is the queen's quarters in Hampi, built during the rule of the Vijayanagara empire. It has a lot of islamic influences as well, particularly visible in the arches. The pink, lotus-like, color is not paint. It is because of the kind of stone used in building this structure. .

Excavated Palace of KrishnaDeva Raya

Excavated Palace of KrishnaDeva Raya
Made by d90addiction
The vast expanse visible in front of Karthik is the excavated palace of the 15th century king. The famous Manmatha tank (I'm sure everybody's seen that photo while Googling Hampi) lies to the left. With separate sections for grain storage, treasury, armory, servant and mahout quarters and watch towers, it was a complete palace with walls ranging ~25ft.

Lotus Mahal

Lotus Mahal
Made by Amar Raavi
Lotus Mahal (Kamala Mahal) made out of Lime mortar and brick made composition, unlike other structures in Hampi, is one of the few structures left undamaged during the siege of Vijayanagar. The two storied structure with open balconies with arched windows resemble lotus bud and thus the name Lotus Mahal.

Manmatha tank

Manmatha tank
Made by d90addiction
What surprised me about the Manmatha tank is that the water came there during summers by a man-made canal. To ensure the water flowed, it was from a higher altitude to a lower altitude. The canal was made of pure rock slabs (each almost weighing 300kgs at least) standing on pillars almost 6ft high.

Queens Bath

Queens Bath
Made by Rahul N
I request all to PLEASE COMMENT WITHOUT ANY GIFs or IMAGES. Thanks for every comment :) The reminded me of a movie I saw long ago, called the perfume garden. The queens bath was a enclosed swimming pool with a dressing room and a massage parlour. Thanks Ayush for clicking this one

Hampi | Wedding Mantap at Hazara Rama Temple

Hampi | Wedding Mantap at Hazara Rama Temple
Made by Harusha
Apparently this was constructed for wedding purpose of the royal family in the Hazara Rama Temple Complex... Tone mapped. More information on the temple: www.hampi.co.in/article.php/hazara-rama-temple

Hazara Rama Temple, Royal Centre, Hampi

Hazara Rama Temple, Royal Centre, Hampi
Made by olderock1
Hazara Rama Temple (1,000 Ramas) is located in the heart of Hampi's Royal Center. The outer walls of the temple are carved with long arrays of bas-reliefs from the Ramayana. It likely served as the private temple for the king and the royal family. 16th Century AD.

2007 - 06 - Ruins at Hampi - lady being shot with arrow

2007 - 06 - Ruins at Hampi - lady being shot with arrow
Made by Mississippi Snopes (swamped by work)
Carving in the ruins at Hampi. This doesn't seem very heroic. I wonder if the carving was intended to show the barbarity of some enemies? I have to admit that I don't know much about the Hindu empires or legends. Shot by my niece Carie.



Nearest places of interest:

Mint Area
Band Tower
King's secret underground chamber
Mahanavami Dibba - (ಮಹಾನವಮಿ ದಿಬ್ಬ) (మహానవమి దిబ్బ)
  Horse stable - అశ్వశాల
State Archaeology Office
Hazara Rama Temple
Hazar Rama Temple Complex - ಹಜಾರ ರಾಮನ ಗುಡಿ

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