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Karnataka - Hampi - If you’re going to the Lotus Mahal, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair

The Lotus Mahal is not a temple. It was an important secular structure in Hampi during the Vijayanagar Empire.

It’s a good example of the Indo-Islamic style of architecture and is a two storied structure. The exact function of this is not surely known. Probably a socializing area.

The shape of the structure is what brought it the name. The archways and the balcony with the domed construction resemble a half opened lotus bud. Also is the lotus bud shape carved on to the center dome.
Unlike the other major structures in Hampi, this is made out of lime mortar and brick made composition.

Information from http://hampi.in/lotus-mahal

I spent three days in Hampi and surroundings. During my first day I visited several sites with a guide who obviously gave expert explanations about the monuments. The next two days I visited on my own other sites in the same area. The transport was done by car rickshaw.

Before my departure to India, I read somewhere that you can spend a week in Hampi. At that moment it was hard to believe. But yes, you can. Three days is an absolute minimum.
During this journey I was only fourteen days in India. Sometimes people ask me if that short time is worth the effort to go there. Of course, the longer you can go, the better.
But fourteen days was the longest that I could leave my job in that time of the year and I've come to a point in my life where I feel I must seize every opportunity …

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