Temple Entrance (right side)

Ramachandra Temple, Vijayanagara

Ramachandra temple, also called Hazara Rama ("One thousand Ramas"), was built in the 1420s (with later additions) as a royal chapel dedicated to the cult of Rama. The temple is the hub of all the eastern roads that lead into the royal center. Its sculptural program centers on the Ramayana, with friezes from that epic being carried out on the temple walls.

This view shows the right-hand side of the east (front) entrance. A few of the Ramayana reliefs are visible on the facade. The scenes are sparsely populated, each consisting of only a few figures upon a featureless background. Each scene occupies its own rectangular patch of wall, following the narrative sequence of the story like the frames of a comic strip.