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The City of Vijayanagara: Kishkindha, The Monkey-Kingdom The Legend of Rama: Artistic Visions, edited by Vidya Dehejia,

Title:The City of Vijayanagara: Kishkindha, The Monkey-Kingdom The Legend of Rama: Artistic Visions, edited by Vidya Dehejia,
Author:Dallapiccola, Anna L.
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 45-3, p. 61-72
Abstract:The Ramayana incidents connected with Vijayanagara centre around Rama's meetings with Hanuman and his alliance with Sugriva. The Ramayana carvings in the Ramachandra temple complex represent the symbolic importance of the temple in the context of the city and the empire. The Ramachandra temple -- perhaps patronized by Devaraya, 1406-22 has Ramayana sequences in 2 sets of panels: one, in the principal shrine depicting the narrative sections [Balakanda, Ayodhyakanda, Aranyakanda, Kishkindakonda, Sundarakonda, Yuddhakanda] which closely follow Valmiki's narrative; and the other in the enclosure wall, which is based on the south Indian tradition. In the organization of the successive episodes, the architecture and landscape features of the temple play an important part. There is another Ramayana series in the south Gopura of the "Old Shiva" temple (end-15th or early 16th century).

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