No one knows for sure what exactly was the purpose of this structure. The architecture and the proximity to the Vittala Temple suggest its religious nature. Since this structure is located at the end of the chariot street of the Vittala temple, this could have been used as a platform to keep the images of the gods during the annual temple festival.
In Hampi’s standards this is not structure begs a special mention. But since it’s on the main track you would be moving and worth a brief halt. The structure is peculiar with its elevated platform within the pillared open pavilion.
Two concentric rows of square carved pillars support the superstructure. The domed roof structure is decorated with the typical Vijayanagara style brickwork.
A few minutes rest in this cool and less touristy place is not a bad idea. That’s the one you would require, more often than you would think, in the sun baked vastness of Hampi.
You may not easily notice this structure as this is relatively small in size and sits hidden among the coconut and banana plantation. Gejjala Mandapa is located at your left on your way from the Vittala Temple to the main road (Talarigatta –Kamalapur road). On your left about 100 meters before the inter junction you can spot this pavilion. No admission fees.
Tungabhadra is a major river in the south Indian peninsula. Hampi is located on the south bank somewhere in the middle of this river’s path. In this area the river takes a number of twists and turns owing to the rocky terrain.
The river has immense significance in forming the political & religious history of Hampi. The river along with along with the boulder-strewn hills formed the northern barrier of the capital. It was not easy for an invading army cross the river without the fate of a sure defeat.
Domingos Paesa a Portuguese traveler visited Hampi 500 years back wrote "...People cross to this place by boats which are round like baskets.Inside they are made of cane, and outside are covered with leather; they are able to carry fifteen or twenty persons, and even horses and oxen can cross in them if necessary, but for the most part these animals swim across. Men row them with a sort of paddle, and the boats are always turning round, as they cannot go straight like others; in all the kingdom where there are streams there are no other boats but these..."
They are exactly as it is today as it was five centuries back, except probably the PVC sheets has replaced leather, and motorbikes too are added to its cargo list!