The Kodanda Rama Temple
is situated towards the east of Hampi at the end of the Virupaksha
Bazaar. A small pathway from Virupaksha Bazaar at the east
end leads along the river bank to Kodanda Rama temple. This
temple faces Chakrathirtha, the most sacred bathing ghat in
The temple is still in use
and is considered a must for religious pilgrimage in this
part of Karnataka.
Compared to other temples
at Hampi, this is of more religious than architectural significance.
The spot marks the place where Lord Rama crowned Sugriva as
the King of Kishkhinda. The rectangular "Garbha Gruha"
of the temple contains about 15 feet tall standing figures
of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana. These figures are carved
out of a natural boulder.
Just behind the temples
of Kodanda Rama are the temples for Sudarshana in the shape
of a human figure with sixteen hands and Yantrodharaka
Anjaneya or Hanuman.