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Lotus Mahal

This is the most beautiful as well as the most popular building inside the Zenana Enclosure in Hampi. The actual purpose of this monument is not known but it is assumed that this was the socializing place for the royal ladies. The name is derived from the shape of the palace. It is one of the very few non- religious structures in hampi and strangely was not destroyed during the seige here. It is two storey and has an open base with pillars and balconies and high arched windows. The palace is decorated with lights in the evening and this makes it even more beautiful.
Arundhati Sridhar
Located in the Zenana enclosure and designed as one of the palaces for the queens, the Lotus Mahal has an incredibly fragility and beauty about its appearance -- the archways creating an image of a half-opened lotus bud -- making for some stunning pictures. What was most interesting about this, however, was an elaborate system of pipes that had been constructed that facilitated running water. Five centuries ago!