Hazara Rama Temple is an ancient shrine situated at Hampi
, a UNESCO certified World Heritage Site, about 350 km from Bangalore
, in Karnataka
. This 15th century shrine, situated in the royal enclosure of the city, was probably the king's private shrine and was originally called Hajana Rama, which in Telugu
means the ‘Palace Temple’. The temple is an outstanding example of the skills of Vijaynagara sculptors, who have very artistically coaxed filigree and lace out of Deccan stone.
Hazara Rama Temple has exquisitely carved basalt pillars depicting the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Around the exterior walls of the hall are three rows of sculptures portraying the events from the Ramayana. The enclosure walls of the temple are carved on its both sides.
The Zenana enclosure, situated on the north-east of the temple, is believed to have been used either by the king or his military commander.
Hospet Junction Railway Station is the nearest railhead (12 km).