After experiencing the subterranean shallows of the Underground Shiva Temple, we were taken to a relatively recently excavated complex of royal palaces known as the Mint that were the home of Viraharihara (1377 – 1404 AD), the third ruler of the Vijayanagara dynasty.
Little remains of the complex now, except a few ruins and rebuilt walls. But according to archaeologists it once featured the royal court, the residential quarters of the king and royal women, the royal kitchens, and even an elephant alighting platform – all serviced by a well-designed drainage and water supply system.
At the height of the Vijayanagara dynasty, the palace complex must have made for an extremely impressive sight. Even in its ruined state of today, the sheer size of the complex gives you an idea of the wealth and the grandeur that the royal household must have lived in.