King’s Balance, Hampi

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King's Balance, hampi

The King’s balance is located near the Courtesans’ street and it is found on the way to Vittala temple in Hampi. The balance is a special one as it is about 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide. The balance is made up of granite rock and it was probably built by the Krishna Devaraya of the Vijaynagar empire. It has nice ornamental work and three small gopuras (towers) on the top. On one side of the pillar there is a image of the king with his consorts.

It is said that the king used to weigh himself against gold, silver and precious gems during special occasions and were distributed to the needy and Brahmins.