To the southwest of
Vijayavitthala Temple, one can find the monument popularly known as the King's
Balance. It consists of two lofty carved granite pillars about
15 feet high supporting a stone beam about 12 feet, provided
with three hoops on the underside. One of the pillars has a
bas-relief depicting a king and two queens, possibly Krishna
Deva Raya and his consorts.
Also known as Tula Bhara or Tula Purushadana, the balance
was used to weigh the kings of Vijayanagara on certain occasions
like solar or lunar eclipse, New years day and coronation
day against precious diamonds, gems, gold, silver, etc. and
distribute them to the Brahmins.