HAZARA RAMA / RAMACHANDRA TEMPLE, HAMPI, KARNATAKA, INDIA HAZARA RAMA TEMPLE / RAMACHANDRA TEMPLE, HAMPI, KARNATAKA, INDIA
Hampi is one of the best tourist destinations in Karnataka. The place is mentioned in the ‘Ramayana’ and the ‘Puranas’ of Hinduism as ‘Pampaa Devi Tirtha Kshetra’. It became the centre of the ‘Vijayanagara Empire’ capital in the 14thcentury A.D. Various temple structures, monuments and palaces built in different architecture dominate Hampi. Archeologists have also found evidence of
'Ashokan epigraphy' in this place. Hampi is about 356 kms away from Bangalore. ‘NH48’ and ‘NH150A’ connects Bangalore to Hampi. To reach Hampi by rail, the nearest railway station is located at ‘Hospet’. The airports at ‘Belgaum’ and ‘Bangalore’ are other options to reach Hampi.
The ‘Hazara Rama Temple’ (also known as ‘Ramachandra Temple’) is one of the most impressive monuments of Hampi. It is located at the center of the royal area. This temple was dedicated to ‘Lord Rama’ of the ‘Ramayana Purana’. It was once the private temple of the ‘Vijayanagara’ kings. The temple is dated to early 15th century and was built by the then Vijayanagara Emperor, ‘Devaraya I’. Beautiful carvings occupy the walls of the temple. The outer walls encircling the temple denote processions of elephants, horses led by horsemen, soldiers, dancers, musicians and the general public. They also denote the ‘Dasara’ and the ‘Holi’ festival celebrations. The sculptures on the inner part of the temple depict scenes from the Ramayana. The temple is thus named ‘Hazara’ Rama, meaning ‘a thousand Rama’ owing to the multitude of these Ramayana sculptures on its walls. These sculptures are among the most extensive ones to be found anywhere in India.
Inside the temple, there is an ‘open mandapa’ which is an addition of early 16th century and a ‘yajna ceremony hall’. Inside this mandapa, there are four intricately carved pillars. An empty pedestal with three holes stands within the sanctuary. This signifies the fact that the temple once had idols of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita. Unfortunately, there are no idols remaining in the sanctuary.
By 1500 A.D., ‘Hampi’ beacme one of the world's largest city and India's richest at that time. With the defeat of the ‘Vijayanagara Empire’ by the Muslim rulers, Hampi came to ruins.
Temple Timings: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m (Mon-Sun). There is no entrance fee for this temple.
Hazara Rama / Ramachandra temple's entrance in Hampi, Karnataka, India.
Inside Temple View: Sri Ranganathar temple, Devadanam.
Inside view of the Hazara Rama temple / Ramachandra temple in Hampi, Karnataka, India.