It was originally dedicated to Vishnu in the form of Ramachandra fiffeenth centtury. Hampi. The Hazara Rama Temple built within a rectangular complex lies at the heart of the Royal Centre. Dating from the early 15th century, the hall of the Hazara Rama Temple has finely carved basalt pillars depicting the incarnations of Vishnu. Around the exterior walls of the hall are three rows of sculptures illustrating the main events from the Ramayana.This temple is situated in the royal enclosure of the city and was probably the kings private shrine, however, currently is it unused. The enclosure walls of the temple are exceptional in that they have intricate carvings both on the outside and inside. The outer friezes depict horses, elephants, dancing girls and infantry in procession.
The inner panels show scenes from the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. On the walls of the gods sanctum are two rare depictions of Vishnu as the Buddha.Though the temple is small in size, it is a fine example of the skills of Vijaynagara sculptors, who very artistically coaxed filigree and lace out of Deccan stone.This temple for Lord Rama is popularly called "Hazara Rama Temple" because of the large number of Ramayana panels on the walls. The Hazara Rama is the only temple in Hampi where the exterior walls have boldly chiselled bas-reliefs, which are narrative in nature. The Ramayana epic is carved out in detail, with incidents in the story such as Dasaratha performing a sacrifice to beget sons, the birth of Rama, his exile into the forest, the abduction of Sita and the ultimate fight between Rama and Ravana, all carved in a vivid manner. In these panels, the story of Rama is brought out, along with the evident depiction of the triumph of good over evil. Hazara Rama Temple Hampi was built in the early 15th century by the great king in the name of Devaraya 1I.
Originally the Hazara Rama Temple Hampi consisted of a sanctum, an ardha mantapa and a pillared hall, but later on an open porch with tall and elegant pillars was added.Hazara Rama Temple in Hampi in India is the only temple in Hampi where there are boldly chiseled bas-reliefs on the exterior walls. Being narrative in nature, the bas reliefs have the Ramayana epic is carved in detail on them. There are five continuous sculptures that cover the outside of the enclosure wall. The panels show and display processions of horses, elephants, attendants, soldiers, musicians and wrestlers witnessed by a few seated royal figures around the temple. The power of the rulers and the might of their fighting forces paraded annually at the time of the Dusshera festival are represented in the panels. Hazara Rama Temple, Karnataka is a fabulous masterpiece of the ancient architecture of the Vijayanagaras sculptors. There is a beautiful path that connects the Zenena Enclosure with the Royal Enclosure. This path passes along the temple courtyard. There is another path from Danaiks Enclosure and Underground Shiva Temple that connects and joins this path at its northeastern corner.
|Timings||All days of the week 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM|
|Visit Duration||2 hours|