CITY AND ITS TEMPLE
the great scat of Virupaksha, popularly known as Pampapati stood there amidst
isolation long before the Vijayanagara empire came into existence. And it is now
too lying in isolation, with a difference. During the heyday of Vijayanagar
empire, the fame of this family god reached the pinnacle of its splendorous
glory, when numerous kinds of Kainkaryas and nitya naimithika sevas were offered
on an ostentatious pompous scale befitting the imperial status of the emperor.
The capital that was built and beautified with additions of monumental palaces,
offices, quarters, industries occupied nine square miles in area. The glory of
this of sprawling city owes its origin to this temple, and so every cultural
activity revolved round it; and it was built on the Southern bank of Tungabhadra
called Pampa in the scriptures.
devotees visiting the temple normally proceed first from Kamalapur for sight
seeing lying at a distance of 11 km from Hospet. Historians described it as the
entrance to "the vast open air museum of Hindu monuments in the Dravidian
style of architecture". As they proceed further some huge structure or the
other in its splendrous beauty gleams into their sight.