King’s Balance

The south-west of the Vittala temple, the Kings’ Balance and is said to be a structure intended for tulapurusha-dana for weighing the king against precious gems and metals during auspicious occasions like a coronation. It consists of two lofty carved granite pillars supporting a stone beam provided with three hoops on the underside. One of the pillars has a bas-relief depicting a king and two queens, possibly Krishnadeva Raya and his consorts.

The intricate carvings of ornate architectural details are superb and just few meters away from the Temple complex there exists the 'King's Balance' all in stone. Here the Kings' were weighed against gold, coins or grain which was thereafter distributed amongst the poor and this particular religious perform was known 'Tula Bhaara' observed by the people of all classes and status.