Sunday, 2 July 2017

MALAYAVANTHA RAGHUNATHASWAMY TEMPLE – HAMPI RUINS, A HERITAGE VISIT

….a Continuation post to Ganagitti Jain Temple .
19th June 2017.
This 16th century AD Raghunatha Swamy temple is one of the living temples in Hampi ruins  on a medium sized hill called Malayavantha Parvatha on the main road between Hospet and Kampli and 2 Km from Kamalapura. This is one of the spatha ( seven ) hills of this region. This hill has globe/ round shaped boulders and natural caves. It is believed that lord Rama  with Lakshmana was wandering in this place called kiskindha during their exile or vanavasa in search of Sita. Sri Rama performed obsequies on this hill to his father Dhasaratha by offering pindas. These pindas latter changed in to boulders. They stayed here for about 3 months during the rainy season.  There are two natural water storages called Rama Done and Lakshmana Done on this hill. This is the place where Hanuman met Sri Rama.

This Raghunathaswamy Temple is facing east with a Dipa Sthamba and Garuda’s sannadhi are immediately after the east side 3 tier Rajagopuram. There is a 5 tier Rajagopuram on the south side also. The is a cave temple carved during Viajayanagara Period.

The reliefs of Sri Rama, Lakshmana with Sita and Hanuman are in the sanctum. The temple consists a sanctum, the cave, arthamandapa, Maha mandapa and a muka mandapa. The sanctum Vimana was built with bricks over the sanctum boulder or the rock.

There is a big Natanamandapam on the left and Thyar sannadhi is on the right, both are facing east. The Nadanamandapa was built with ornate pillars and a raised platform at the centre. The pillars has the Vaishnava reliefs.  

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be kept opened between 07.00 Hrs to 12.00 Hrs and 17.00 Hrs to 19.00 Hrs.

HOW TO REACH:
The temple is on the main road from Hospet to Kampli
About 2 KMs from Kamalapura.
Taxis and Autos are available from Hospet and Kamalapura.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE
 South side 5 tier RajaGopuram

 East side 3 tier RajaGopuram 


 Moolavar vimanam &  Thayar Sanndhi 

 Thayar Sanndhi

 Kalyana mandapa




 Kalyana mandapa






Thayar Sannadhi 

….. to be Continued Sri PattabhiRama Temple 

---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

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