Mahanavami Dibba


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Mahanavami Dibba Overview

Ranked 2 of 40 sightseeing in Hampi

The Mahanavami Dibba is the tallest structure that can be observed in the enclosure.  Three layers make up this square structure. The top can be reached by two stair cases Which has carvings of elephants, horses and others on the front. The back portion of the structure has a twin staircase that is not as decorative as the front one.  

One can climb up from the front staircase and reach the top that provides a complete view of the town and get down through the other staircase.

King Krishnadevaraya had built this after his victory in Udayagiri, presently in Orissa. This was used by the kings to see the processions of the army, other celebrations and most importantly the Navarathri celebrations of their empire.

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Arun Rajan

Arun Rajan4.3/5

140 reviews

A big stage like structure

It is a big stage like structure and it seems that the king used this place to make announcements and conduct some fuctions for the entire city people to view. He used to address crowds from this place.

Mandar Pasalkar

Mandar Pasalkar3.9/5

20 reviews

Another gem in lost city

This use to be a Kings place where he use to sit on his throne and take of day to day work(as per my guild)But you can't ignore the high height steps two rescue doors and view from top.You can see the old water supply lines from top.Another great place to visit.

Muthusamy Muthusamy

Muthusamy Muthusamy5.0/5

184 reviews

This is in the ruins of palace region

This is among the ruins of the palace region. This has steps on all sides to go up the platform which is of about some 20ft in height. This is a large platform of about some 75 sq ft. This was built by krishnadevaraya in memory of his conquest of Orissa. There are so many embossed carvings of foreigners, Indians and elephants all over the platform. Do carry water, shoes, caps, umbrellas, cameras as this is the hottest region of karnataka. Since this is under ASI they can consider planting more trees along the path for shades which will make tourists comfortable.

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Amit Ghosh

Amit Ghosh4.6/5

581 reviews

Offers a panoramic view of the royal enclosure

The Mahanavami Dibba is a 12 metre high platform which gives a panoramic view of the surroundings. This three tiered platform can be climbed to the top from where you can see the ruins of the royal enclosure clearly.

Mayuri Sen

Mayuri Sen3.9/5

16 reviews

Nice one and it's better to carry eatables

It is a platform 80 square feet in area and 22 ft in height. It was built by Krishnadevaraya in memory of his conquest of Orissa. There are also similar carvings of hunting scenes, dance postured mythological pictures. This place is again very near to Lotus temple & Elephant stable. Always carry a water bottle with you and keep yourself Hydrated. You will not find any big shops or restaurants near these places but surely you can find coconut water near by and also water bottles. It is better if you can carry some snacks or biscuits with you.

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Saranya Devanathan

Saranya Devanathan4.3/5

462 reviews

View point

It was at a high point. With steps one can climb and see all around. The guide told it was to view the Navarathi and other celebrations at the place. The carvings down on the wall has a queen getting removed the thorn from her feet, apart from all horse trading carvings.

Nishitha K n

Nishitha K n3.6/5

522 reviews

Tallest monuments

Mahanavami Dibba is one of the tallest monuments. It's in a square giant structure . It's a Royal stage where Dasara celebrations takes place. There is no admission fee to visit this place. You can visit anytime during the day. Mornings or evenings are preferred

Dipali Shinde

Dipali Shinde3.9/5

26 reviews

Of great religious significance

This is the place where the original Dasara festival used to be celebrated. The very beautiful and intricate carvings on the Mahanavami Dibba are to be visited and seen. Must visit. Next to the Mahanavami Dibba is the beautiful step tank whose holy water was used by priests for religious purposes. Adjacent to it is the public bath which is a 50 meter swimming pool. This was used for public bathing. You can see the stone plates in which the soldiers residing used to have their lunch and dinner.

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Sharath Shivakumar

Sharath Shivakumar5.0/5

14 reviews

Commissioned to commemorate his victory over Udayagiri

This is situated in the Royal enclosure. It was commissioned by Krishnadevaraya to commemorate his victory over Udayagiri. It does look like an elevated platform from far, but you can walk up this pedestal and all around one can see carvings of horses, elephants, camels & some games etc. You can also visit the stepped tank that is on the left of this platform and right ahead you can find the King's public darbar.

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