Hampi Hopping, Royal Center: Mahanavami Platform

In one of the a larger enclosures of the Royal Center sits the unique Mahanavami Platform, said to be used by the Vijaynagar rulers for ceremonies related to Navratri festivities. It is a high platform that rises in multiple levels. The top level has evenly-spaced stone bases which once supported the wooden columns of a superstructure.

The 14th c AD levels made out of granite are covered with bas-relief sculptures. In the 16th c the west face of the platform was clad with green schist stone which allows for much finer sculptural work.

Mahanavami Platform west face with schist stone cladding

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South face covered with bas-relief sculpture on granite

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View of east face

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