Incl. Kings Palace, Underground Chamber, Audience Hall, Stepped Tank & Mahanavami Dibba
From Hazara Rama Temple, we walked over to Mahanavami Dibba and on the way, we saw some very ruined structures, whose only bases are all that’s left now!
Beside this was the King’s Audience Hall aka Durbar Hall. This was a 100-pillared structure. Today all that’s there is a platform with 100 slots where the pillars would have stood once in 10 rows and 10 columns which has access with a staircase on east & west! On the southern side is a staircase that should have led to the 1st floor but today only the stair case exists!
The most majestic structure in this area is the Mahanavami Dibba! As the name says, it has all its importance during Navarathri festival and the procession during Dusshera begins from here! The base is of huge 40 sqm area and on the topmost platform existing today it is at 24 sqm. On the west side are staircases that pretty much reminded me of a very Mexican Mayan structure!
On the northern & southern side are a set of staircases, that led to the first platform. The hand rail of these staircases with an elephant & Yaali’s trunk forming the curvature! Here again, on the east side’s edges at north and south are 2 staircases from the inside the platform!
The friezes on its exterior is just too stunning with camels, elephants, horses, swans, soldiers, dancers, hunting scenes etc! I also spotted this interesting sculpture seen mostly in Dravidian architecture – a bull and a horse in the same shape!!! A portion of the upper platform is made of the green chlorite and the sculptures on this are less but very very intricate!!!
The most beautiful structure in this area is the Stepped Tank and it reminded me much of Modhera Sun Temple’s tank! There’s an inlet of water and an elevated water passage! Today even getting on these steps isn’t allowed, let alone nearing the water!
Just getting out of this area are 2 monolith granite doors (1 of which was broken) that look exactly like wooden doors complete with bolts and sockets and knobs etc!!! It may have been a door of the citadel wall, though its original location is unknown!
Btw, even before getting to the Royal Enclosure, just outside it was this trough! It’s a monolith granite trough meant for horses to drink water from! Very close to it is a small water tank as well!
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Dedicated to Venkat