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Monolith Bull, Hampi

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Simple in appearance but astounding in size, Monolith Bull sits inside one of the pillared pavilions scattered across the Hampi World Heritage Site. Carved out of a single immense boulder, the statue represents Nandi, the favored mount and gatekeeper of Lord Shiva. Virtually unchanged five centuries after its creation, this monumental bull managed to escape the destruction of the Mughal invaders, who hastened the downfall of the Vijayanagara Empire in the 16th century. Chiseled in a simple manner, the giant statue lacks elaborate details that make other Hampi carvings so visually impressive. Still, despite its coarse appearance, the bull remains a favorite photo op for many visitors to this sacred site. Use our Hampi travel itinerary maker to add Monolith Bull and other attractions to your Hampi vacation plans.
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  • Located just opposite Virupaksha temple, this monolithic sculpture has a mesmerizing view of the entire Hampi market area, giving a visualization that the bull is watching over the entire town.  more »
  • Directly opposite to Virupaksha temple - a km away. View is very nice. As you come down from Matanga Hill, you can't miss this. View of Hampi Bazar from this place is awesome. This bull is a silent sp...  more »
  • The monolith bull is just opposite to the virupaksha temple. Climb more steps and the view is spectacular.  more »
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  • Always Nandi built as faces the Shiva temple, believed that Nandi as his vehicle. this built in 13th century (king Bukaraya date). In this case it is little bit distance from Virupaksha temple.
  • This one is a good sculpture dated to 13th century CE. But we can see better monolithic bulls in other parts of India which are better than this but may not be that much old. The beauty of the sculpture is not important here, it is the age of the sculpture.
  • Huge curved bull from monolithic stone. At a walkable distance from virupaksha temple. Located after soole bazaar.
  • A monolithic bull on the Matanga hill just opposite direction of Lord Shiva Virupaksha temple
  • Nandi opposite to Sri Virupaksha Temple.

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You'll find a number of simple guesthouses and homestays located in Hampi itself, primarily in the Hampi Bazaar district. North and south of the river, they offer comfortable rooms in modest former residential buildings. Further afield, a selection of more upmarket resorts and hotels sit on the banks of the river and the nearby lake to the northwest. Many visitors choose to stay in Hosapete, to the southwest, or the small town of Kamalapur, located just south of Hampi. Both offer a greater range of accommodations than Hampi, including hotels, resorts, and hostels.
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