The Royal Enclosures at Hampi.
The Ruins at the Royal Enclosures in Hampi are really interesting to walk around with some beautiful temples and numerous other buildings.
Enclosed within small well kept gardens the underground Temple (Prasanna Virupaksha) is particularly interesting with it's carved pillars and this temple still has water flowing inside. Nearbye is the Mohammadan Watchtower, the outline of
where the Palace used to be and Mohammadan Mosque. There are a few interesting buildings to look at including the Royal Palace Band Tower but much of the area is somewhat overgrown. Included on this topic are items and pictures about visiting Vittala Temple (Vitthala Temple) and the Lotus Mahal - these are the only areas at Hampri ruins which require an entrance ticket - which costs 250rs and is valid for one day only.[ Click the thumbnails for a larger picture - use the back button to return to this page. ]
Royal Palace band tower
Royal Palace Building
The Hazara Rama Temple at Hampi Ruins, India. This temple was built by Deva Raya 1st in the 15th century as a private place of worship - the outer walls are covered with nicely carved friezes depicting scenes from Ramayana. The Zenana Enclosure which also the contains the remains of the Queen's Palace and Tower as well as the beautiful Lotus Mahal. The Lotus Mahal is nicely situated and constructed with a mixture and
Islamic and Hindu architecture - it's open at ground level whilst the second storey has ornate balconies. There was apparently a moat surrounding the building and interestingly the Mahal was constructed with air vents to provide interior cooling. A further tower gateway leads to the Indo-Islamic styled and well preserved elephant stables and guards quarters - there are 11 stables for
royal elephants and each of the stables is topped with 11 domes.
Hazara Rama Temple
Hazara Rama Temple
Hazara Rama Temple
Queens Enclosure watchtower
Elephant Stable Gateway
The Madhava Temple (also known as Ranga Temple) and The Queens Bath at Hampi in India.
The temple is dedicated to Madhava and dates back to 1545.
It was built by Timmaraju and used for holding dances, singing and instrumental concerts. The temple's pillars have sculptures depicting Garuda, Vitthala, Surya, Balakrishna, Hanuman and Alwar and there are further sculptures of Krishna Leela, Vitthala, Srinivasa plus a variety of
incarnations of the Hindu God Vishnu. Mahanavani Dibba is a massive three tiered granite built structure which is 8 metres high and covers an area of 35 square metres. It was used by the Kings during royal festival and ceremonies. Their are extensive grounds by the Dibba including some very interesting water features which were part of an elaborate hydraulic system. This drew water along
channels and a good example of how it worked can be seen at the Mahanavami Dibba stepped tank where the water was fed along a channel and down a chute.
Queens Bath Hampi
Queens Bath Hampi
Queens Bath Hampi.
The Queens Bath at Hampi is set in an enclosed garden and the first impression is that there is not a lot to see. However the 15 square metre building contains a beautifully carved interior and corridors, has 24 different domes and 8 balconies which overlook the water tank where the royal household once bathed. The building, which is surrounded by a narrow moat, is open to the skies
so there were shafts in the tank floor where umbrellas were placed to give shade from the sun. Nearbye Chandrashekhara Temple is visible however at the time of our visit it was closed to the public because of several unsavoury incidents there - according to our driver.
Visiting Vittala (Vitthala Temple) at Hampi. The entrance fee is combined with the Lotus Mahal fee i.e. 250rs same day visit. Due to pollution no vehicles are allowed along the road to the temple - therefore from the car park you have to take an electric buggy which costs 20rs each to get to the temple.
Vittala Temple gate
Vittala stone chariot
The temple is entered via tall tower (vimina) the top of which is fairly original but the base has been repaired i.e. not original. Just inside the gate their is one of Hampi's
particularly well known shrines - a beautiful stone chariot (rath) which is dedicated to Garuda. Another two of the temple's features are the carved hollow pillars which if tapped provide musical notes (though you are not allowed to do this) and also the beautiful Yali carvings should not be touched.
The picture on the right is of one of these leaping Yali and his rider. The Yali are carved onto the columns inside Vittala Temple - Yali are powerful mythical beasts with feline shaped bodies and feet and the tusks of an elephant and are there to guard the temple.
looked around Vittala Temple you can either take the transport back to the car park or you could walk back which takes around 10 to 15 minutes. Note that the drivers will not stop to let you off on the way back or pick anyone up on the way. It is worth walking back since there are several buildings on the way including a huge tank with a shrine sat in it's centre - this is called Pushkarani
and is very interesting to look round. Fairly near to the car park on the left you can also take a look at Gejjala Mandapa - the building has an elevated pavilion which is supported on pillars. Exactly what this was used for is a matter of conjecture - possibly it was used as a storage area for the nearbye temple.
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