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#8 of 29 Places To Visit in Hampi
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Near Lotus Palace, Hampi, Bellary, Karnataka 583239, India
entry fee
per person for Indians
per person for foreign tourists
Children under 15 years
All days of the week
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
visit duration
Around 2 hours

about lotus mahal

Located within Zenana enclosure (a secluded area reserved for the royal women) is the grand, majestic Lotus Mahal also known as Chitrangini Temple, an incredible blend of Hindu-Islamic architecture. This is the primary attraction of the Zenana Enclosure. Surrounded by walls and four watch towers in each corner, Lotus Mahal's base begins with traditional Vijaynagara architectural pattern but as your gaze moves upward to its superstructure, you will find atypical pyramidal towers that more representative of Islamic architecture.

Bearing a decrepit and damp appearance, exquisite carvings of artistic patterns, birds, etc., can be seen on the Palace's walls while on some of the arches you can make out the carvings of Makara Torana, a popular sea creature from Hindu mythology, also the vehicle of Goddess Ganga. Yet another fascinating aspect of this two storied elegant pavilion replete with massive pillars and exquisite stucco mouldings, are the traces of pipelines that can be spotted between the arches and sides of the roof, possibly used to cool the Palace and maintain its temperature.

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