glory of the temple and its patron deity Virupaksha too spread so swiftly and
miraculously till the demise of Krishna Deva Raya that it was named as the
Dhakshana Kasi, and adorned the list of 108 holy thirtha kshetras, the
indispensable pilgrimage centres of Punya Bharat. The august deity was popular
then as Pampapati, since that famous shrine of Siva was built on the bank of
river Pampa, the Kannada name for Tungabhadra, now goes by the name of Hampi -
the seat of Vijayanagara empire. And the fort of Anegundi was built on the
northern bank of river. This family god
of Vijayanagar was adored fervently, and the temple was endowed munificiently,
and as such it lured a continuous influx of devotees throughout the year.
Moreover, the temple construction programme received Krishna Deva Raya's Midas
touch. Monumental temples like Hazara Rama Temple, Krishna shrine emerged and
made him a specimen among builders.