Gejjala Mantapa

No one knows for sure what exactly was the purpose of this structure. The architecture and the proximity to the Vittala Temple suggest its religious nature. Since this structure is located at the end of the chariot street of the Vittala temple, this could have been used as a platform to keep the images of the gods during the annual temple festival.

In Hampi’s standards this is not structure begs a special mention. But since it’s on the main track you would be moving and worth a brief halt. The structure is peculiar with its elevated platform within the pillared open pavilion.

Two concentric rows of square carved pillars support the superstructure. The domed roof structure is decorated with the typical Vijayanagara style brickwork.

A few minutes rest in this cool and less touristy place is not a bad idea. That’s the one you would require, more often than you would think, in the sun baked vastness of Hampi.

You may not easily notice this structure as this is relatively small in size and sits hidden among the coconut and banana plantation. Gejjala Mandapa is located at your left on your way from the Vittala Temple to the main road (Talarigatta –Kamalapur road). On your left about 100 meters before the inter junction you can spot this pavilion. No admission fees.

Gejjala Mantapa  
Gejjala-Mantapa

Gejjala Mantapa

 
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Gejjala Mantapa

Gejjala Mantapa