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Lotus Mahal

  1. 1. Lotus Mahal Presented by:-Rushita Dankhara Submitted by:- Birva Gandhi
  2. 2. Lotus Mahal This building, which has been popularly described as a pleasure retreat for Krishna Deva Raya's queen, probably served as a reception hall for the king or his military commander The Indo-Islamic style of the building illustrates the close association between Hindu and Muslim cultures at this time.
  3. 3. Arches plan
  4. 4. Section of Lotus Mahal <ul><li>The Lotus Mahal is symmetrically laid out, with equal projections on four sides. </li></ul><ul><li>It has two storeys, both with lobed arched openings in multiple planes surrounded by elaborate plaster designs. </li></ul><ul><li>Curved eaves that run continuously around the building protect the walls from the sun and rain. </li></ul><ul><li>Eight pyramidal towers rise over the central and corner bays of the building; </li></ul><ul><li>a ninth tower above the central bay is similar but higher. </li></ul><ul><li>The staircase tower in one corner is a later addition. </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Basically this is a two storied structure with an open base floor the sidewalls are having tall arched windows. </li></ul><ul><li>The upper floors have balconies with arched windows. Hook like structures are made on to the wall close to the windows to hang curtain. </li></ul><ul><li>The arches of the ground floor are recessed and ornate. The decorations and architecture is a curious mix of Hindu and Islamic styles. </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Lotus Mahal’s Islamic style arches and the Hindu style multiplayer roof and base structure are often quoted for the ingenuity of the Vijayanagara artisans. </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>One of the most representative examples of the Vijayanagara courtly style, the Lotus Mahal is a successful fusion of temple-like elements (curved eaves, pyramidal towers) with sultanate elements (lobed arches, plaster designs). </li></ul><ul><li>Sadly, much of its original decoration has been lost. </li></ul><ul><li>Recent restoration has also altered the colour and finish of the outer surface. </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Also known as Chitragani Mahal and Kamal Mahal, this falls under the secular or nonreligious categories of structures in Hampi. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s peculiar to note that this is one of the beautiful structures that were left undamaged during the siege of the city. </li></ul><ul><li>However there are some signs of mutilations on a few sculptures placed on the outer surface. </li></ul><ul><li>Unlike the other major structures in Hampi, this is made out of lime mortar and brick made composition. The shape of the structure is what brought it the name. </li></ul><ul><li>The archways and the balcony with the domed construction resemble a half opened lotus bud. </li></ul><ul><li>Also is the lotus bud shape carved on to the center dome. </li></ul>
  9. 10. Sculpture in Lotus ahal