As evident by the name, this long building with a row of domed chambers was the place where the royal elephants were kept. There are a total of 11 buildings with the center one being the biggest and the most decorated one. Many of these chambers were interconnected and were said to be used by the musicians during the various processions. The complete structure is symmetrical to the central dome.
Built in the 15th century and one of the most extravagant pieces of architecture you will ever witness, the temple is dedicated to “Vitthala” a form of the Hindu deity Vishnu. The temple complex itself houses various other temples and pavilions, the major attractions that you must marvel at are the stone chariot or the ‘ratha’ which is placed in front of the temple entrance, it is among the 3 famous stone chariots in India, the wheels could be rotated but the recent archaeological restorations had them cemented to avoid damage caused by the visitors. [Read more…] about Vitthala Temple, Hampi
This is the fortified area within Vijaynagar, also known as the seat of Kings; it spans across an area of approximately 14.58 acres, has various structures which are still standing. The enclosure has 3 entrances, 2 on the north and 1 on the west. The structures include Mahanavami Dibba or the Dassera Platform or the ‘House of Victory’ which is the tallest structure in the area, there are 2 main stairways to the top, the front one is highly decorated with carvings. The kings used this structure as a platform to watch various parades, ceremonies and performances. [Read more…] about Royal Enclosure, Hampi