Aug 13, 2017
This was the second day of our Anegundi-Hampi trip. We left Anegundi by 7-30 AM, had breakfast at Kamalapur, visited Octogonal Pavilion, Chandrashekara Temple, Queen's Bath before coming to Zenana Enclosure. Here we had to purchase entry ticket which is valid for Elephant Stables as well. Within the high walls of Zenana Enclosure is the beautiful Kamala Mahal. It was also known as Chitragani Mahal. Now it is generally known as Lotus Mahal. As you see, the two-storey structure resembles a fully bloomed Lotus. It is symmetrical in plan and elevation in all directions.. excepting for its stairway tower which seems to be added later.
Gagan Mahal at Penukonda. However, the tower at Penukonda is capped by a stepped dome.
A cross section can be seen at the damaged portion of the eastern wall. A cannon blast must have blown off this huge gap here. In the background is the Shikhara of Rangana Devasthana and the huge ficus next to Pattada Yellamma Devasthana.