Places in Hampi - Stage 4 Continued
A typical of Vijayanagara style, the temple is constructed within a rectangular compound (about 40 meters x 20 meters) with an entrance tower. Though still majestic, the top portion of the tower is missing. A few bas-reliefs of boars are carved on to the temple walls. Probably this could have been the source of the temple’s name. But originally this is a Shiva temple. The same type of motive can be found as part of the Vijayanagara Empire’s insignia. The rectangular sanctum is located at the middle of the compound. The Archaeological Survey of India has recently renovated the temple to some extent. You can spot the archaeologists’ marks on the re-arranged rectangular stone blocks.
Kodanda Rama temple
This is situated to the east of Hampi, near the end of the colonnaded street that leads out from the Virupaksha temple. It is in the sacred centre of the city, and by a narrow point of the Tungabhadra River. This temple marks the spot where Rama crowned Sugriva. The temple is still in use, and the garbha griha contains statues of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita all carved out a single boulder.
Yantrodharaka Anjaneya temple
Yantrodharaka Hanuman temple in Hampi is one of the famous temples in India. The statue of Lord Hanumaan placed inside Yantra. Hence it is named as Yantrodharaka.
Sri Vyasathirtha, a great scholar saint during the reign of King Krishna Deva Raya is believed to be an incarnation of the celestial Shankukarna. Sri Vyasathirtha used to go to very calm spots on the banks of river Tungabhadra and meditate uninterrupted. One day, while he was meditating in a hillock near Chakratirtha, an image of Lord Hanuman kept coming to his mind. This happened only at that particular spot and nowhere else, even in nearby hillocks and hence the temple was built on that place.
Located almost on the river shore, this is a naturally formed cave by huge boulders one leaning over the other. It’s believed that this is the place where Sugreeva lived. He used the cave to hide the jewels dropped by Sita, when the demon king Ravana abducted her. Later Sugreeva met Rama & Laxmana nearby the riverside searching for Sita. The colour pattern at the rock in local parlance called SitaKonda. It depicts the pattern on the costume of Sita. Near the cave at the riverside Sugriva met Lord Rama and Lakshmana when they came here in search of goddess Sita. A number of carved footprints can be seen on the floor of this flat surface. This depicts the footprints of Rama & Lakshmana.