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Archeological museum in Kamalapur

Archaeological museum

      The collections in museum were made by the British Officers. The exhibits in this museum are manifold consisting of the elegant replicas of Krishnadevaraya most famed ruler of the Vijayanagara dynasty and his queens greeting the visitors at the entrance. The first gallery consists of sculptures of the saiva faith consisting of Virabhadra, Bhairava, Bhikshatanamurti, Mahishasuramardini, Shakti, Ganesha, Kartikeya with his consorts and Durga. The central hall has the composition of a lookalike a temple with the display of Shivalinga, Nandi, Dwaramantapa with a royal couple at front.

The second gallery consists of sculptures of the Vishnu faith consisting of Anantha Shayana, Lakshmi Narasimha, Garuda, Hanuman etc. The 3'rd gallery consists of antiquities like arms and armoury, copper plate grants, metal objects of religious utility and brass plates. In the display are the coins of Vijayanagara dynasty in various denominations of both gold and copper. The fourth gallery consists of antiquities pertaining to pre-historic, post-historic period, medeval hero stones and sati stones. Stucco figurines, iron objects, shards of porcelain, retrieved from excavations are also on display.

Pattabhi Rama temple

Pattabhi Rama temple

       This is a sprawling temple campus dedicated to lord Rama. Though it contains two inscriptions of Achyuta Raya (1529-42 AD) and it was built by King Achyuta Raya in 16'th century. The hall in front of the main sanctum is a superb example of the Vijayanagara style composite pillar architecture. The inner ones are relatively simpler whereas the ones facing the courtyard are elaborate.

The divine marriage hall is at the southeast of the compound. The whole temple campus was once paved with granite slabs. A tall tower at the east end of the compound wall opens to a wide chariot street known as Varadarajamma Pattana. The main tower mentioned above is built with brick superstructure and granite lower portions. The terracotta images typically part of such towers is non-existent. However the details on the lower granite portion are intact.

Zanana enclosure

Zanana enclosure

      The Zenana Enclosure, or the women's quarters meant for solitude rather than protection, is an early form of high-walled relaxing places. It is said that the queen and king's companions lived here.

There are four significant structures inside the enclosure; the largest is Queen's Palace, which is in a ruined state present. Two buildings served as watch towers are placed in the north and south-east of this enclosure. The architectural manner of these watch towers tells that these were used by the ladies for viewing proceedings occurring outside. Lotus palace, a pretty monument located in this area, is supposed to be the Zenana Enclosure. The two-storied palace looks like a lotus and is assumed to be the meeting place for the royal women folks. Its architecture shows a display of Indian and Islamic influences.

You have to buy an entrance ticket and the same ticket can be used to visit the Vittala temple and Archaelogical museum in Kamalapur. Below 14 years free entrance.
Entrance ticket for Indians RS- 30-00.
Entrance ticket for foreigners     RS-500-00.
Video charges RS- 25-00.

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