A wonderful example of the synthesis of Hindu and Islamic architecture, Lotus Mahal situated at Hampi
is a two-storied pavilion. It housed the numerous consorts of Vijayanagar kings.
Its pillars and arches are Islamic in character but its ornamentation is Hindu in design. Twenty four pillars are present in the ground floor. The first floor comprises of a number of balconies with decorated ceilings, resembling the lotus flower.
The Archeological Survey of India has banned entry into Lotus Mahal in an attempt to stop it from being defaced.