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Monolith Bull, Hampi
(3.4/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This Nandi bull is cut out of single stone & is right opposite the entrance of the Virupaksha temple, around 2km away. The old Hampi bazaar is what lies between this bull & the temple entrance. This b...  more »
  • I liked the serenity around this place, it’s situated just where you start ascending to Matanga hill. Also, it’s beautiful to see how the bull is crafted from 1 stone and still beautiful. You can just...  more »
  • Bull statue made of granite monolith, produces a slightly depressing impression-work is rough, like a primitive, but feels that this is not just a bull and an ancient deity of stone. Overall, I was impressed with the statue, we go there walking from the Center.
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