Gingee Fort: Krishnagiri Hill

Even though the hillock of Rajagiri is higher than Krishnagiri, and its shape is more impressive, and it is more central to the general scheme of Gingee Fort and the main palace structures, and it was possibly the more important of the two hills, it is the remaining structures at the top of Krishnagiri that present a more romantic atmosphere of ruins. Continue reading

Hampi Hopping, Royal Center: Lotus Mahal Enclosure

The Royal Center of Vijaynagar lies to the south of the Sacred Center, separated by a narrow and shallow irrigated valley. Immediately to the north of valley rise the series of Sacred Center hillocks facing the Tungabhadra River that include Hemakuta, Matanga and Gandhamadana Hills. To the south of the valley rise a lower set of hillocks beyond which spreads the Royal Center. Continue reading