Hampi Hopping, Outer Circuit: Pattabhirama Temple

A little further east of Kamalapur is the large Pattabhirama Temple, probably from the 16th c. This temple is comparable in size to but less ornate than the Vitthala Temple. The plainness of its exterior allows us to easily see the basic layout of Vijaynagar-era temples, with their open columned mahamandaps, closed ardhmandaps with side entrance porches, and antaralay and shrine with enclosing circumambulatory passageway. Around the main temple structure the large bare courtyard allows us to easily mark out the main east gopuram, the colonnade running along the entire length of the perimeter wall interior, the Devi shrine to the north-west of the main shrine, and a mandap located along the south wall of the front (east) courtyard.

This temple lay just outside and to the south-east of the urban core of Vijaynagar, in one of the  ‘suburbs’ of the city.

Temple from outside

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Large east gopuram

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Temple from the front, with mahamandap and garud shrine in front

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Side views

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Sanctum tower surrounded by enclosed circumambulatory

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Main shrine and side Devi shrine

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View from the south-west

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Devi shrine

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Gopuram and mahamandap

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Mahamandap interior. The perimeter columns are composite, but not very ornate or complex

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Mandap in the east court with rectangular central aisle and composite columns

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Pushkarini to the east of the temple

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Gateway with domed structure, now being used as a temple

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