Dasara Dibba
Dasara Dibba
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Devendra G
India988 contributions
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Jan 2023
Dasara dibba is a platform in the royal enclosure in hampi. It was used for public celebrations, performances and processions during navaratri and dussehra festival. The original structure also had a mandapa which was destroyed by Islamic invaders.
Written 7 January 2023
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wandermay08
World41 contributions
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Mar 2021
What a huge place this is! The ASI is still discovering these ruins. Take the huge steps to reach the top and click some amazing pics. There are hidden rooms. Our guide also showed us the ancient pipelines and how water was transported to the entire kingdom. There is also a step well. Huge plates on display used by the army and much more....We were super impressed and in complete awe. You have to visit to believe it.
Written 27 August 2021
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ina s
Adelaide, Australia32 contributions
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Aug 2019
I spent quite a lot of time at Dasara Dibba absolutely fascinated by how it was built such intricate patterns.
Written 12 September 2019
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Dipankar D
Navi Mumbai, India803 contributions
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Feb 2017 • Friends
The Mahanavami dibba is a prominent structure that attracts the attention of visitors situated in the citadel area. The excavations in this area here have revealed many secular structures. The structure is named Mahanavami dibba owing to its usage during the Vijayanagara period. In Kannada language dibba means a mound. Since this structure was hidden underneath a mound, it came to be called as Mahanavami dibba. It was on this elevated platform, the king used to sit and watch festivities during the ten day long Dasara festival. Different cultural functions were held in front of this platform and was watched by the king and the members of the royal family.
Written 2 March 2017
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Gourav99
Bengaluru, India374 contributions
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Feb 2017 • Couples
Dasara Dibba - An elevetated platform for the king to sit and enjoy the views of the Dussherra Festival. Located after the Queens Bath with close proximity to Stepped Tank . Once you climb it u can see the surroundings and the border walls of this is beautifully chiseled. Entry is free . Would recommend a guide as there are many things u wont come to know of unless hire one.

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Written 27 February 2017
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AbhishekB
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Oct 2015 • Friends
The Dasara Dibba is located very near to the Hazara Rama Temple. It is the prominent structure in the huge piece of land where there used to have royal buildings. Currently the foundations of those buildings are existing. It is a beautiful stone platform that is located within the Royal Enclosure. It was built during the period of the Vijayanagara Empire in the typical Vijayanagara style of architecture. The Dasara Dibba was constructed by King Krishnadevaraya to commemorate his victory over Udaygiri. It is believed that this structure was used by the kings to as a stage to watch the celebration of the nine-day long splendid Mahanavami festival, also known as the Dusshera festival. During the festival, there used to be army march-past, the war games and the royal procession which were witnessed by the kinf from this structure. Dusshera seems to be the most important festival of Vijayanagara Kingdom. The external wall architecture of Hazara Rama Temple also signifies the festival of Dusshera.

This is a square structure with 3 tiers. One can observe the carvings made on the walls of the structure. There are two separate staircases to reach the top of the platform. One situated at the front and the other at the back of the structure. The front stairway is attractively decorated with ornate carvings of elephants, horses, soldiers and stately processions. The stairway at the back is a plain one. From the top of this structure, one can see the entire royal center. The stepped tank is located in the same periphery of the The Dasara Dibba
Written 30 December 2015
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Profvns
Bengaluru, India545 contributions
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May 2014 • Friends
The term “Dibba” in Kannada means “High level platform or High ground”. The massive stone basement called Mahanavami Dibba, also known as Dasara Dibba played a prominent role in celebrating nine-day gala event named Navaratri Utsav (festival). It was erected in 1513 to mark the victory of Krishnadeva Raya against king of Udaygiri now in Orissa and used as Throne platform. It was used by kings of Vijayanagara Empire as platform or as a stage to celebrate the nine-day long splendid function religiously known as Mahanavami festival, which was/is commonly called Dasara Habba (festival). King would sit on the ornamental platform to watch the army march-past, war games and royal procession that were held as part of festival. The world famous Dasara held every year in princely capital Mysore is in style adopted by Vijayanagara kings.
It is identified as Dasara or Mahanavami Dibba. It consists of massive square granite faced base in three diminishing tiers facing north. The lowest is 40 metre square and top one is 24 metre square. You will raise your eye brows when looking at its walls carved with rows of gallantly horizontal wall paintings of horses, elephants, warriors, dancers, musicians and many. In western side there are dark green sculptures. Because of the natural quality of stone, these carvings are still look good and pleasing. Dibba is about 12 metres height upto top floor. The steps on west side were used by king to ascend the platform on Dasara festivals.
A tiny booth projecting from the platform on eastern side gets access from two getaways of steps on north and south upon floor of platform. Its walls contain many figures of animals and entertainers. Side walls which have lovely sculptures depicting day today life in the kingdom are if much interest to watch on the walls of Dibba. Chinese embassy visited the court of Krishnadeva Raya king of Vijayanagara Empire The pictures seen on walls contain a group of people with plaited hair, wearing conical caps and swords. They represent the members of Chinese embassy. There are also carvings depicting foreigners and Arab horse dealers and exotic animals.
Religious ceremonial functions and festivities were held on the ground opposite to Mahanavami Dibba. Here royal horses, elephants and other royal paraphernalia were worship by king, the royal maids and the priests. Many decorated pavilions and platforms were erected for the occasion. Close to this we can see a huge stone of 12.5 metres long cut out of a single stone block.
The bygone grandeur of Dasara that Hampi had witnessed and enjoyed is not at all there. But the present Dasara celebrations at Mysore have retained the lost glory of Vijayanagar Empire. Unfortunately there is no Dasara at the place where it was initiated, originated or began. Today we can’t see Dasara celebrations at Mahanavami Dibba. It is like a deserted and discarded place visitors silently make march-past on the elevated platform as mute and helpless eyewitnesses.
By viewing the disastrous destruction of magnificent architectural monuments that are spread over on several kilometers makes us emotional and shed painful silent pain-tears at the intolerable injustice caused to our Indian art and culture. You know Vijayanagar Empire was the world’s most populous and richest kingdom where diamonds and precious stones were sold on streets which is now seen as deserted ruins.
The earliest Dasara was held in 1442-43 wherein Persian traveler, Abdul Razak was invited by Emperor Devaraya II, to witness the festival. In 1520 Paes visited Vijayanagar when Krishnadeva Raya was the Emperor. Another delegate Nuniz witnessed Dasara in 1532 when Achyutadeva Raya was the Emperor.
Written 27 April 2015
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AmitJ24
Bengaluru, India279 contributions
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Apr 2014 • Couples
This high stone platform, a part of the Royal Enclosure, provides a bird's eye view of the surrounding areas which includes the Stepped Tank. Exquisitely carved this is a must see place
Written 19 April 2014
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MegzZoomer
Bengaluru, India160 contributions
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Jul 2018 • Family
After the queen's bath and stone doors the next attraction is this Royal enclosure which is a wide area. During the Vijayanagar rule this area was used for dussehra celebrations. On one side stage was set was dancers on the other side rooms for guests and the last area was for Royal sitting with secret room. All that remains today are broken stones and an outline of the area. You can also see the water canal system used for providing water to the enclosure and also the Royal palace.
Written 24 August 2018
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Shubhalaxmi
Mumbai, India97 contributions
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Jan 2017 • Couples
This is a part of royal enclave and is quite high to ascend ( old people be careful). While ascending the sides of it are replete with beautiful carvings of the by-gone culture. The entry point for King to this point is different that from commoners. From here the King Krishnadev Raya watched the cultural events of those days, especially during dassera- navaratri period.
The massive size , architecture and the beauty of carvings truly makes it Royal
Written 8 February 2017
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