DAILY PHOTO: Lotus Mahal

Taken November 2, 2013 at Hampi

Taken November 2, 2013 at Hampi

The Lotus Mahal is one of the most popular attractions at Hampi. It’s atypical in that it’s built, in part, in the Indo-Islamic style (note: the arches.) (Hampi [Vijayanagar] was the capital of a Hindu kingdom that was defeated by a confederation of Islamic states. ) While this pavilion is often referred to as the “Lotus Temple,” it was believed to be either a rest-house for visiting royalty or the queen’s recreational building–but not a religious building of any sort. 

We got there with good timing. The beige-pink lime mortar seems to glow in the low, afternoon sunlight.  

The Lotus Mahal is located in the Zenana Enclosure with the Elephant Stables.