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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Hampi Royal Center: Photo 1

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We can enter at the lower right, where a road cuts through a gap in the city wall. The first buildling on the right is a Shiva temple, noteworthy for an splendid though underrated gopura. The second building, closer to the road, is the so-called Queen's Bath. The road then winds around to the far side of the Royal Enclosure with a Great Bath hidden behind the sign and, just beyond the bath the smaller but much more remarkable Stepped Tank. The flat-topped platform slightly behind and to the right of the stepped tank is a great ceremonial platform, once roofed. There is a long alley between the royal enclosure and another enclosure to the left. At the far end of that alley is the Hazara Rama or Ramachandra Temple, the private temple of the empire's ruling family. The other large enclosure contains the ruins of presumed palaces. Closer to the hills is the Zenana Enclosure, containing the Lotus Mahal, elephant stables, and a watchtower visible here as a yellow tower at the lower right corner of the enclosure. At the upper right is the Krishna Temple's bazaar.

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