Maharaja’s Balance, Hampi

Maharaja’s balance; meaning a physical balance meant to weigh the King. The structure looks like three granite beams, one resting on two vertical beams, 15feet tall. The horizontal resting beam is sculpted in a more detailed manner. Only on close inspection the loops to hang the balance are visible.

Materials ranging from food grains to gold and gems were weighed against the Kings of Vijayanagara kingdom; these were then distributed among the poor and needy. I am trying to imagine the riches available then. All was looted by Mughals who invaded from north of India.

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31 Responses

  1. Beautifully captured Indrani.. This one place is in my list to visit places for quite long..! Your picture reminds me of that fact again..!

  2. Sylvia K says:

    A wonderful, interesting look at the past, Indrani, and a great capture! Thanks so sharing — love your blue, blue skies, it's raining — hard here in Portland!! Have a great weekend!

  3. Wow… amazing! A great place!

  4. TexWisGirl says:

    like an entrance to a kingdom!

  5. Hampi, I read a lot about that place, when I could read properly. It looks like it would be a nice to visit it.

  6. Bibi says:

    Ah, for a time machine. How I'd love to travel back for a while. Looking forward to my next trip to India, whenever that shall be.

  7. George says:

    What a fascinating bit of information. It's definitely an interesting way to get goods to distribute to the poor. Your photo is beautiful.

  8. Carver says:

    Wonderful shot and looks like a perfect day for exploring.

  9. This is very informative and so interesting.

  10. Hilary says:

    Oh the places you travel and the things you see and share. Thank you for that.

  11. Arija says:

    So sad to see history in action and how much is destroyed in the process. Nice shot.

  12. Kusum Sanu says:

    Hampi!! My favorite place to visit!

  13. ladyfi says:

    What amazing ruins. NIce shot!

  14. Anna says:

    Beautiful, Indrani!
    Love the composition…
    Happy Easter and warm greetings,
    Anna :-))

  15. Only seen this in historical movies, thankyou for showing me a real one too.

  16. eileeninmd says:

    What a neat place to visit, wonderful post on the ruins..Have a happy weekend!

  17. Hampi is an interesting place to visit..and this photographis wonderful..

  18. such clean shot 🙂

  19. Interesting !! and a brilliant photograph !!

  20. Looks more like a magical gateway 🙂

  21. Mridula says:

    Fantastic structure!

  22. Haddock says:

    …. and I am trying imagine the number of times the Maharaja had to sit on a Taraju.

  23. Awe inspiring and aesthetic shots:)

  24. Hampi is it near Hospet? How to reach here? Photograph is very nice.

  25. wowao..!! Such a lovely place.

  26. Anita says:

    Very interesting, Indrani. What an idea to have it outside & not inside. Am sure all people must have been onlookers when this was used…

  27. Really, that is awesome..

  28. Jeevan says:

    Excellent shot! I have heard about this one… great balance

  29. Hampi is my favorite place. Its the place where each stone tells a story. Thanks for sharing the information.

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