Elephant Stables, Hampi

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.

Photo by Arian Zwegers, CC BY 2.0 

The central dome is built in the architectural style like that of Indian temples, the other domes however possess an architectural style akin to the Islamic style of architecture and the domes are of alternating patterns are better preserved than the central dome. At the rear of each hall are small manhole type openings probably used by mahouts to enter and exit the halls and mount the elephants. The metal hooks used to secure the elephants are also present in the structure.

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