Hampi, a world renowned region of the state of Karnataka is blessed with various architectural wonders. Being listed as a UNESCO heritage site, the city of Hampi boasts the ruins of its historical monuments, palaces, forts and temples. One such creation is the Hazara Rama Temple, one of the top attractions in Hampi, which depicts the mythological story of Ramayana.
It is believed that the Hazara Rama temple was built during the reign of Devaraya I in the 15th century. This temple has always been a major tourist attraction in the state of Hampi. The splendid structure of the temple truly depicts the architectural style of the Vijayanagara kingdom making it one of the top tourist places to visit in Hampi.
The main temple of the complex is located right in front of the Mohammadan Watch Tower and the Nobleman’s quarters. Dedicated towards Lord Rama, the walls of the Hazara Rama temple are printed with Ramayana panels. Owing to its dedication to the Lord, the temple flaunts bold bas relief sculptures on the exterior walls. With these narrative sculptures, one can easily understand the epic Ramayana.
The construction of the temple was originally confided to a sanctum, an Ardha mantapa and a pillared hall. Later on, an open porch with tall and elegant pillars was constructed. The use of black stone material in the construction of pillars makes them unique.
Ramayana panels, carved all along the structure of the Hazara Rama temple are beautifully carved into five horizontal rows. A rare depiction of Lord Vishnu as the Buddha can also be found on the wall of the temple sanctum. Visiting this splendid temple is one of the top things to do in Hampi.