During the last visit i had an unfinished agenda to locate Krishnadevaraya's palace. Based on some clues i began my quest in the right earnest. The ruins opposite to underground Shiva temple looks very much to be a palace, whether it belonged to Krishnadevaraya was a key question. I recollected the Paes description that his palace was bound by huge boundary walls, whereas this place was quite barren, without boundary wall coverage, so it must been for a lesser known king of Vijaynagar empire.
The secret chamber for meetings of the key personnel below is a mild clue for the location of Krishnadevaraya's palace. This spot obviously must be in the near vicinity of his palace, but it is too much of a public place to locate his palace. Most of the dusherra and other public functions were carried out in this premises.
Where can be palace located with the description and clues from the ASI my search became a long drawn process. I firmly believe that the location is kept a secret for the fear of vandalism by treasure hunters. It is quite but natural that even the ruined palace would not be spared it the location is revealed by ASI. Maybe after the fortification is fully completed we may get to know the exact location of the palace officially.
Paes describes " This palace of the king is surrounded by a very strong wall like some of the others and encloses a greater space than all the castle of Lisbon "
" This is the best provided city in the world, and is stocked with provisions such as rice, wheat, grains, corn, and certain amount of barley and beans,moong, pulses, horse gram, and many other seeds which grow in this country, which are the food of the people, and there is large store of these and sold very cheap." Paes continues in his treatise.
" On every friday you have a fair ( santhe ) with many pigs and fowls and dried fish from the sea,and other produce of the countryside. In this city you will find men belonging to every nation and people, and the many precious stones there, principally diamonds " Paes
This locale inside the zenana enclosure happens to house the queens palace and bathing pool, which is totally demolished. Can the location of the kings palace be far behind this secured enclosure which has four watch towers.
Lotus Mahal or the summer palace of the queen is located in the zenana enclosure too.
Ruined structure around the mosque does it imply soldiers quarters ?
There is security watch tower in this enclosed boundary wall, can this be a certain clue for the Palace of Krishnadevaraya.
Some of you might be interested in knowing in detail History of Krishnadevaraya
Vantage point to search for the kings palace
To hunt down the location Krishnadevaraya's on the eve of his 501 year of his coronation was absolutely a pleasure.
This video should give some clue to the exact location of Krishnadevaraya's palace, unless it is officially declared i am constrained not to reveal the exact location guys. Of course the thrill of locating an important landmark in the annals of history will always be cherished by me. On the hindsight i know that i have risked in revealing the location to a greater extent. The signboard too reveals the name of another kings palace but does not specify Krishnadevaraya's Palace.
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