This giant statue of Ganesha was carved out of a huge boulder at the northeastern slope of the Hemakuta hill. The belly of this statue resembles a Bengal gram (Kadalekalu, in local language) and hence the name.

A sanctum is built around the statue. The pillared hall in front of this sanctum is as charming as this giant statue itself. The open hall constructed by unusually slender and tall pillars. Each of them is highly ornate with mythical themes.

This 4.5 meters (15 feet) tall statue is one among the largest sculptures in Hampi. The pillared hall is a vantage point to survey the environs, especially the Hampi Bazaar and the foothills of Matanga Hill.

 

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Kadalekalu Ganesha Temple

The open porch in front of the Kadalekalu Ganesha Temple. Note the slender long pillars that is unique in Hampi's architecture.

The open porch in front of the Kadalekalu Ganesha Temple. Note the slender long pillars that is unique in Hampi's architecture.

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Hemakuta Hill

This hilltop and its gentle slopes offer a splendid view of the sprawling ruins site.

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Hemakuta Temples

Some times referred to as Jain Temples, these clusters of temples on the Hemakuta hill is one of the beautiful sites in Hampi.Thanks to its architecture these temples are mistaken for Jain Temples.

Sasivekalu Ganesha

Thanks to the resemblance the giant monolithic Ganesha statue is locally called Sasivekalu(mustard seed)Ganesha.This is located on the southern foothill of the Hemakuta Hill.

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Krishna Bazaar

Krishna Bazaar is a relatively newly excavated site in Hampi.As the name indicates this Bazaar is associated with the Krishna Temple.

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Krishna Temple

This temple was built by the king (Krishnadevaraya) in 1513 AD to celebrate the conquest of the eastern kingdom of Udayagiri or Utkala (in the present day Orissa state).The main idol installed in the temple was the figure of Balakrishna (Lord Krishna as infant).

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Moola Virupaksha Temple

According to some historic accounts, the Virupaksha Temple in Hampi is one among the ancient temples in India with an uninterrupted history from about the 7th century. What you see now as the grandiose temple complex is attributed to various vijayanagara kings from 14th Century.

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Matunga Hill

Probably Matunga Hill is the most talked about hill in Hampi. Let it be its central location, the oversold sunset/sunrise view or the myths associated with it, this hill commands a special attraction.

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