Temples on the Hemakuta Hill
Kodanda Rama Temple
Hazara Rama Temple
Yantroddaraka Anjineya Temple
| HAZARA RAMA TEMPLE
This temple for Lord Rama is popularly called "Hazara Rama Temple" because
of the large number of Ramayana panels on the walls.
Originally, the temple consisted of a sanctum, an ardha mantapa and a pillared
hall to which an open porch with tall and elegant pillars was added subsequently.
A high wall encloses the entire complex with the main entrances set on the east.
To the south is a small doorway, which leads to the Durbar Area. The pillar hall
is notable for its unique pillars in black-stone. They are set on a raised stone
platform in the middle of the hall. The tall and elegant pillars of the open porch
are also worth a second look. The other structures in this temple complex are
a shrine for Devi and Utsava Mantapa. As the name indicates, this temple is famous
for its many Ramayana panels. This is the only temple in Hampi where the exterior
walls have boldly chiseled bas-reliefs. These bas-reliefs are narrative in nature.
The Ramayana epic is carved in detail. Incidents in the story like 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 are all carved in a vivid
manner. In these panels, the story of Rama and through it the triumph of good
over evil is brought out.