Hampi Royal Enclosure

In an earlier post, I mentioned that there are two main locations for the majority of Hampi’s ruins – the Sacred Center which we have already viewed and now we will explore parts of The Royal Enclosure.

First up is the Mahanavami-diiba. This is a 12m high three-tiered platform that was used as a Royal viewing area for  festivals and ceremonies. It has panoramic  vistas over many of the ruined temples. In the immediate compound are a series of stepped tanks that were used by the royals for bathing and purification. Note the intricate irrigation canals that were used to fill the tanks; this water was drawn by gravity flow from a lake more than 5 km away.

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