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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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  • The monolith bull is just opposite to the virupaksha temple. Climb more steps and the view is spectacular.  more »
  • This is one gigantic Monolithic bull...it is very strategically located and all main temples are easily accessible from here  more »
  • Very huge sculpture and my kids amazed to see it. Just walk opposite side of virupaksha temple to see it.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Yeduru Basavanna or Eduru Basavanna is a huge sculpture of a monolithic bull. It is located at the east end of the Virupaksha Bazaar in Hampi. The sculpture is known and admired for its astonishing size. The simple sculpture has been standing in Hampi for more than 500 years now. It is one of the prominent sculptures in the ruined town of Hampi and is a huge attraction among the tourists Visited november 2016 Timing:Sunrise to sunset on all days of the week Entry Fee: No entry fee required Photography: Allowed Video Camera: Allowed Visit Duration: About 20 to 30 minutes Best time to visit: From November to February Extra Info Locally known as Yeduru Basavanna or Nandi, this monolithic bull marks the east end of the Virupaksha Bazaar. The statue is housed in a twin storied pavilion built on an elevated platform. A heap of gigantic boulders behind the pavilion offers an interesting backdrop. Though partially mutilated and carved in a coarse style, this Nandi attracts visitor owing to its giant size. Monolithic Bull pavilion Nandi is the mount of lord Shiva and it's symbolic that this one faces the Shiva shrine (Virupaksha Temple) located at the opposite end of the street, about a kilometer from it. At a little distance in front of the Nandi you can also spot a tall stone lamp post with metal spikes over it. A flight of steps along the left side of the Nandi pavilion leads you to the Achyuta Raya's Temple located across the hill.
  • Nandi opposite to Sri Virupaksha Temple.
  • huge n good to see