Saturday, December 15, 2012

Hampi " The Lotus Mahal "

Lotus Mahal, also known as Kamal Mahal or Chitrangini Mahal is situated in the Zenana Enclosure of the monuments. It is a ticketed monument and a single ticket would let you into the Zenana Enclosure covering several monuments including Elephant Stables. The term Zenana refers to the Women and Zenana Enclosure in general would refer to the Queens’ enclosure along with the servants’ quarters around and private temples. Lotus Mahal is a two storied very symmetric structure exhibiting a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture. The base of the structure depicts a Hindu foundation of stone just like in the temples, typical of Vijayanagara Architecture while the upper superstructure is Islamic in architecture with pyramidal towers instead of regular dome shapes, giving it a Lotus-like look, originating in the name. Also, this is one of the very few buildings that have the plaster intact though it is defaced at several places due to wear and tear, especially; the dampness on the walls is very visible. The exemplary carvings on the pillar arches including those of birds and delicate art work can be very mesmerizing, especially with the Makara Torana on top of these arches that can still be seen on some of them.

The entire monument is surrounded by a fortifying wall which is rectangular in plan. The four corners of the fortifications have watch towers that would have been used to keep an eye on the intruders into the Womens’ chambers. While it was a very popular practice to have Eunuchs hold guards at Queens’ Palaces in the North India, especially during Moghul rule, the existence of such a practice has not come to light in the Vijayanagara kingdom and era. 

Time was 5:00 Pm and the entire group is rushing to see the sunset from cliff top, since it was misty evening closure. Sunset shoot was not so good. By the time we reached the rooms it was 7:30 Pm
Girish Just Stated a Place as “Mango Tree” - It good hotel where the Evening Ambience & food is good. The Hotel is on the Banks of the River Tungabhadra. It was 3rd Day of the full moon day. We just started walking inside where I could see little torch lights stating This way to go to Hotel --- The Moons reflection Just falls on the Rocks of River Tungabhadra and reflects back to the Table where we are sitting with Candle Light. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for writing about your Hampi experience. The historic city of ruins is world famous UNESCO heritage site. One can also look for hotels in Hampi options as city has dozens of accommodation options.