This is a small open pillared pavilion with whitewashed top dedicated to the legendary poet Purandaradasa who lived in Hampi. The pavilion is located at the river shore near Vittala Temple. This is one of the areas at Hampi where people perform religious rituals. The pavilion is almost at the edge of the river that during monsoon the river water touches the platform or even submerges it.
Probably it is here the poet would have sat and composed the devotional songs. Even today the songs composed by him are sung at the Carnatic music (the south Indian classical music) concerts. It is believed that he has composed more than 75,000 classical compositions. They were carried over generations by the oral tradition. But today only a about a thousand or so are known to exist. A small sclpture of Purandaradasa with tambura ( an ancient stringed musical instrument ) can be seen at the pavillion.
Every year a classical music concert is held in this area to celebrate the birth aniversary of this poet. Usually they are held for 2-3 days during the months of January or February.
Musicians of national and international repute participate.
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.