Also known as Virupaksha Bazaar, this street is located in font of the Virupaksha temple . About a kilometer long, the east end of the temple ends at the foothill of the Matanga Hill . Both sides of the street are lined with a series of old pavilions, some of them are two storied. These structures were once part of a thriving market and residence of the nobles.
Towards the west end (towards Virupaksha temple) the pavilions are now encroached and made into shops, restaurants and the likes making the street narrower. Poor villagers have made the eastern section into their homes. It's interesting the houses of the rich merchants and nobles of the empire are now being occupied by one of the poorest.
One enters into the street from the bus stand through a gate. Movement of motor vehicle entry is regulated. But two wheelers are freely allowed to enter the street.
A huge Nandi (bull statue) called is located at the east end of the street. A next to it is a two storied pavilion where a photo gallery is functioning. Photos of the Hampi sites taken by Alexander Greenlaw in 1856 are on display. Admission is free. An open platform nearby is the main stage of the annual Hampi festival. The circular pillars used are of interest.
Opposite to the gallery, a little away across the street you can even see a nursery school for the village children. Probably this is the world's oldest nursery school building!
Most of the Hampi's tourist accommodations are locate close to the west end of this street. On the middle of the street, somewhat close to the temple, you can spot the wooden temple car covered in tin sheets. As a mark of reverence to the god during the annual car festival devotees pull the car along the street, a tradition that has been in practice for centuries.
If you are staying at Hampi, go for a morning walk along this street. You can witness the Hampi village 'waking up' slowly on either sides of the street.
You can use bicycle or opt for a walk. It takes about 30 minutes plus to cover this street. From the east end of the street you can proceed further to the Achyuta Raya's Temple (Tiruvengalanatha Temple) , after a small trek across the hill or head towards the Riverside teak path.
According to some historic accounts, the Virupaksha Temple in Hampi is one among the ancient temples in India with an uninterrupted history from about the 7th century. What you see now as the grandiose temple complex is attributed to various vijayanagara kings from 14th Century.