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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  • I am not sure whether it is in the form of a large statue of a cow. Having a religious ceremony takes place today, marks it's not neatly preserved
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  • It is very near to the Virupaksha temple. You can walk to it. A nice monolith bull. Great view! Be careful during the rainy season as the steps get very slippery.  more »
  • It is situated at the other end of the Hampi Bazaar (One end is Virupaksha Temple while other is Monolithic Bull). It is mutilated and in coarse state but owing to its big size it is a must see attact...  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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