Places in Hampi - Stage 4 Continued..
This is a small open pillared pavilion with whitewashed top dedicated to the legendary poet Purandaradasa, who lived in Hampi. The pavilion is located at the river shore near Vittala Temple. This is one of the areas at Hampi where people perform religious rituals. The pavilion is almost at the edge of the river that during monsoon the river water touches the platform or even submerges it. Probably it is here the poet would have sat and composed the devotional songs. Even today the songs composed by him are sung at the Carnatic music (the south Indian classical music) concerts. It is believed that he has composed more than 75,000 classical compositions. They were carried over generations by the oral tradition.
There are remnants of an old stone bridge laid across the river Tungabhadra by Kampabhupa, brother of Harihara 2'nd, in the fourteenth century AD.
This structure, the Tulapurushandana, stands to the southwest of the Vittala temple. Consists of two carved granite pillars, spanned by a carved horizontal granite transom. This was used on ceremonial days, when scales were hung from the transom, and the Raya (the emperor) was ceremonially weighed against gold or jewels. The treasure was then distributed, to Brahmins or others poor peoples in the city.