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Ancient Bridge

Ancient Bridge

On the south side of the Purandaradasa Mantapa behind the Vittala Temple lies the trace of an ancient bridge.

Currently only the pillars meant to support the top slabs of the bridge remain. The bridge is constructed at a point where the River Tungabhadra makes a bifurcation and immediately rejoins back to form a tiny rocky island. The bridge crosses through this island.

This location was selected as part a construction strategy. There could have no way to install the pillars on the rocky bed of a torrential river. The pillars had been erected at one branch of the river after blocking the flow through it, by allowing all the water to pass through the other one. Later the same technique was applied on the other branch. The bridge originally connected the principality of Anegondi at the north bank to Hampi.

It's believed that Kampabupa , brother of the king Harihara II built this bridge. Of late there has been a proposal to reconstruct this overpass for the tourists’ use.

You can get a close view of the bridge from the riverside between Purandaradasa Mantapa and Sugreeva's Cave. Still a rewarding view is from the Chandramouliswara Temple on the Rishimukh Island.

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