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.

In Hindu mythology Lord Ganesha (also known as Ganapathi or Vinayaka) is notorious for his food habit. One day he ate so much of food that his tummy almost busted. He just caught a snake and tied it around his tummy as a belt to save his tummy from bursting.

On this statue you can see the snake carved around his tummy. Also he holds the goad, pasha (noose), and his broken tusk. The hand which holds modak (a kind of sweet ball) is broken and not reconstructed. This monolithic statue carved out of a huge boulder measures about 2.4 meters (8 feet). An open pavilion is build around the statue. According to inscriptions found nearby this pavilion was built by a trader from Chandragiri (in present day Andhra Pradesh)in 1506 AD, in memory of one of the Vijayanagara king – Narasimha II (1491-1505 AD)

A bit north of Sasivekalu Ganesha is another giant statue of Ganesha, called The Kadalekalu Ganesha. A bit south of Sasivekalu Ganesha is the Vishnupada shrine. All these are walkable from one to another and can be covered in 30-45 minutes.

Just in front of Sasivekalu Ganesha shrine you can see a huge site map of Hampi installed by the archeology department.

No admission fee & Photography allowed free of cost.

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Sasivekalu Ganesha in Hampi

Sasivekalu Ganesha in Hampi

Sacred Center

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.

Kadalekalu Ganesha

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.

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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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