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. To visit Monolith Bull and other attractions in Hampi, use our Hampi itinerary planner.
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  • September 23, 2017
    Visit to the ruins in the back must be 通rikakarimasu. Cute, great body and presence. I think good is one of the tourist landmarks.
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  • September 6, 2017
    This is one huge monolith bull facing the virupaksha temple. It is not maintained properly and you'll find the place to be little dirty even though it is right beside the police station.  more »
  • July 13, 2017
    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 »
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  • July 6, 2017
    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.
  • June 13, 2017
    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.
  • May 18, 2017
    Huge curved bull from monolithic stone. At a walkable distance from virupaksha temple. Located after soole bazaar.
  • June 21, 2017
    A monolithic bull on the Matanga hill just opposite direction of Lord Shiva Virupaksha temple
  • March 1, 2017
    Nandi opposite to Sri Virupaksha Temple.

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