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Stone chariot, Hampi – Karnataka

28/06/2013

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Stone chariot, Hampi - Karnataka

 

The exquisite Stone Chariot of Hampi is a reproduction of the wooden processional chariot and is thought to be the most stunning sculptural achievement of the Vijayanagara period and rightly regarded as the iconic structure of Hampi.

It was originally a shrine of Garuda, Lord Vishnu’s Vehicle. The stone chariot is not a monolith. It’s actually carved from many giant granite blocks. The joints are neatly hidden with help of the carvings giving it a monolithic feel. The chariot is built on a rectangular platform and though now the giant stone wheels seem to rest on the platform it’s believed that these wheels could rotate on its axis.

There are now two elephants in front of the chariot, but you can clearly see that it was not part of the original structure. The original structure had horses pulling it; remains of these can still be seen. Besides the exquisite…

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