Virupaksha Bazaar or market is the largest of the many bazaars of Vijayanagara.
Each major Temple complex had its own bazaar around which a township developed.
This is the only bazaar around which a township of a sort still exists. This bazaar
is flanked by the main gopura of Virupaksha temple called Bishtappa's gopura on
the one end and the monolithic Nandi at the other end. The 9 storied, 53 meters
high gopura adds elegance to the 732 meters long and 28 meters wide Virupaksha
"You have a broad and beautiful street, full of rows of fine houses and
mantapas, in this street live many merchants and there you will find all sorts
of rubies, and diamonds, and emeralds, and pearls and seed pearls and clothes,
and every other sort of thing there is on earth and that you wish to buy"
exclaimed Domingo Paes, a Portuguese traveler who visited Hampi during the reign
of Emperor Krishnadevaraya.