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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 stone Bull is very famous in Hampi. Incredible size and is worshipped by the Indians in the city.
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  • If you walk out of the Virupaksha temple and walk straight on for about fifteen odd minutes you will reach the Monolithic Bull. It is pretty impressive in structure. The route up the hill adjacent to ...  more »
  • This huge monolithic bull is located opposite Virupaksha Temple in Hampi. This structure is known and admired due to its astonishing size. The bull represents Nandi, which is considered as the gatekee...  more »