The theme for today’s Thursday Challenge is “BARRIER” (Wall, Fence, Gate, Door, Stanchions,…)
In Hampi, as you drive around, you will stumble upon a few of these gateways, giant stone structures along the way. one such is the Bhima’s Gateway. It is a classic example of the Vijayanagara military architecture style.
The most interesting feature of the gate is the design. You cannot drive through the gate straight in, you need to enter and turn immediately. There is a huge wall like structure right inside the gate. You turn right, left and then once again left to go around this obstruction to reach the exit at the north. It acts as a blind spot for the invading army, they are caught unawares. Also heard it is difficult for the elephant mounted forces to do surprise attacks as they find it difficult to manoeuvre these sharp turns.
Inside you will also find a huge carving of Bhima with a flower called Saugandhika, another of Draupadi as well. It is quite a fascinating element in Hampi…
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