Lotus Mahal Pavilion

Lotus Mahal Pavilion

BRIEF HISTORY:: The Lotus Mahal is an ornate structure of the Zenana Enclosure located towards the south-east of the large platform identified as Queen’s Palace to the east of the water pavilion. This ornate two-storeyed structure has an indented square plan with twenty-four massive square pillars carrying recessed and foliated arches. Originally these arches were treated with exquisite scroll decoration with birds, etc. which are available in rnutilated condition. On either side of the arches are medallions with various geometric and creeper decorations. The apex of the arch is crowned by an elegant kirtimukha. The main cornice of the upper storey is a massive cyma-recta supported by ornate curved brackets.

The outer corners of this cornice once had been supported by a large yali. Except for the ornate arches the interior of the first storey is severely austere save the vaulted ceilings. A staircase built abutting on the plinth of the first storey leads to the second storey which has a number of balconies with windows having recessed and foliated arches. The ceilings here are also in the form of octagonal and vaulted domes. Some of the peripheral ceilings have flat roofs. The cornice is a smaller cyma-recta slightly curved. The superstructure consists of nine pyramidal sikharas of varying sizes, the central one being the largest. In its plan and elevation it is one of the unique architectural edifices of Vijayanagara architecture in Indo-Saracenic style.