… a continuation post to Sri Prasanna Virupaksha Temple ( Underground Shiva temple )
19th June 2017
This 14th to 15th century, Vijayanagara Period dedicated to Hazaara Ramachandra is on the western entrance of the Royal Enclosure. ( Harihara Palace ). The name Hazaara means Courtyard or Thousand. Since the temple is very close to the Royal enclosure, has numerous depiction of relief sculptures of Rama and epic Ramayan. The complete Ramayana and mahabharat epics are chiseled on the walls of inner prakaram. In addition to this Ramayana epic related reliefs found on the walls of sanctum walls. The reliefs includes Buddha and a Jain meditating monk/ Therthangarar.
The temple is facing east with three entrances consists of sanctum, antarala, arthamandapa and mahamandapa.
The four chitrakanda pillars in the hall are polished black stone with meticulous cavings. There is a separate shrine for Thayar and a pillard mandapa on the north east. The temple had a separate path way for the royalties visit. The outer side of of the walls has the relief sculptures of elephants.
Mahaveer or a Theerthangara ? ( experts may comment on this )
Buddha or theerthangara Naminatha experts may please comment on this please.
miniature Simha on the Kumbha panjaram
… to be continued Achutharaya temple
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---