of Lord Ganesha
Temples on the Hemakuta Hill
Kodanda Rama Temple
Hazara Rama Temple
Yantroddaraka Anjineya Temple
temple now unused is situated in the royal enclosure of the city and was probably
the king's private shrine. The enclosure walls of the temple are exceptional in
a way that they are both carved on the outside as well as inside. The outer friezes
depict horses, elephants, dancing girls and infantry in procession; the inner
panels show scenes from the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. The enclosure wall also
has panels on the exterior side. The boldly carved panels are in five horizontal
rows, one above the other, representing a procession of elephants with riders
and attendants, prancing horses with riders and rider less horses led by grooms,
wrestlers and soldiers in procession witnessed by a few seated royal figures.
These panels represent symbolically the power of the rulers and the might of their
fighting forces paraded annually at the time of the Dusshera festival.
On the wall of the god's sanctum are two rare depictions of Vishnu as the Buddha.
Though the temple is small it is a fine example of the skill of Vijayanagar '
s sculptors. Only master craftsmen can coax filigree and lace out of Deccan stone.