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Hazara Rama Temple Hampi

Hazara Rama Temple Hampi was dedicated to Lord Rama. This temple boasts of and is proud of many fine bas reliefs depicting and portraying scenes from Ramayana and Mahanavami festival. The Hazara Rama Temple is believed to have been the private place of worship of the Royal family. The temple is famous for its many Ramayana panels.

History

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.

Description

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 Vijayanagara's 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 Danaik's Enclosure and Underground Shiva Temple that connects and joins this path at its northeastern corner.