Hazara Rama temple of 15th CE, Hampi, KA - outer compound walls have mind-boggling bas-relief works

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 Among the Indian monuments lying across India, one of the most impressive groups of monuments is the Hampi Monuments. The vast  site encompasses an area of 4187, 24 hectares, located in the Tungabhadra basin in Central Karnataka, Bellary District. Each piece of monument is a treat to the eyes and it shows the imaginative strength of the past rulers  and their architectural and sculptural skills.

Located in the center of the royal enclosure, Hazara Rama Temple is a small but a remarkable temple in Hampi, Karnataka built in the early part of the 15th century CE and the builder was  king of Vijayanagara, Devaraya II. The temple's name is a misnomer  and the term Hazara does not mean one thousand Ramas idols or sculptures. Actually, it refers to the countless bas-relics depicting  episodes related to God Rama, a Hindu deity and ab avatar of Sri Vishnu.  It used to be a private temple of the Vijayanagara dynasty.

ornate pillars.Hazara Rama temple, Hampi, KA

This temple with a sanctum, a pillared hall and an ardha mantapa and an open porch -all built at different time. It was once the private temple of the kings and the royal family of Vijayanagara. The temple is famous for the lovely bas-reliefs and panels depicting the story of the epic Ramayana. The outer walls of the temple are decorated with bas-relics of Rama and Krishna.  

Hazara Rama Temple is the only one in the  UNESCO recognized world heritage group of monuments in  Hampi which has a well stone  carved compound wall. What is striking is the high  compound walls enclose the entire  temple complex with the main entrance located at the east. The small doorways  on the south lead to  the durbar area suggesting private ownership of the royal family.  A series of bas- relief on the  exterior walls highlight the entire story of the Ramayana.

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Above image: Hazara Rama temple, Hampi, KA:  Arrays of intricately carved sculptures on the outer compound wall, 

Warriors. Hazara Rama temple, Hampi, KA

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Above image: 15th century Hazara Rama temple outer wall with Maha Ramanavami procession, Hampi Hindu monuments Karnataka

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Hazara Rama (1000)  temple, Hampi, KA  - These bas reliefs on walls , carved before the advent of the Mogul rule in India, show a plethora of forms and design styles.

The relics ahighlight  processions of horses, elephants, attendants, soldiers and dancing women taking part in the Dasara festival event  at that time. The relics are among the most extensive ones to be found anywhere in India.

One can see a remarkable display of  a myriad of musical instruments, dance mudras (pose), arts, dress and other cultural elements of Hindus in the Vijayanagara time of this part of Karnataka 

The intricate  Bas-reliefs  in the panels  are carefully carved to show various anecdotes of the Ramayana, the life story of Rama and Sita and how he came out victorious in the battle against Ravana of Lanka who abducted Rama's consort- Sita.The episodes are carved on the walls in long arrays.