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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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  • A spacious 750 meter long and 35 meter wide bazaar (market) is situated to the east of Virupaksha temple running up to the foot of the Matanga hillock. At the eastern end are two storied pillared Mand...  more »
  • This is a very large sculpture of Nandi, Lord Shivas vahana (vehicle) and gate keeper. Quite impressive. It is located about 1 km straight away from the Virupashka temple. The stroll will take you thr...  more »
  • This would be the 1st Monument to visit on the way to Vittal Temple if ur going there on foot. You can check Maps and visit the monuments in the order mentioned below. One way distance would be 2.5 km...  more »