The Lotus Mahal, in the Zenana enclosure, Hampi. This is frequently cited as a prime example of Indo-Islamic architecture. The foliated, recessed arches are Islamic in style, with the pointed apex; the stacked spires on the second story are seen on Hindu temples everywhere. This was built sometime in the fifteenth century; Islam was well established in the North, and was slowly percolating its way south. The Vijayanagars flourished from about 1336, when Hampi was founded, until 1565. In that year, five sultanates of the Deccan plateau, who had for several hundred years been sqabbling among themselves, combined forces and squashed the Vijaynagars at the battle of Talikota. Although Rajput Hindus in particular held high offices in the Moghul and then British empire, the Vijaynagars were the last major Hindu government until 1947.
PhotographerJoe Morris
Exposure0.006 s (1/160)
Focal Length4.5mm
Flash UsedYes


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