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Monolithic Bull

The Monolithic Bull in Hampi is a grand piece of architecture locally named as Yeduru Basavanna or Nandi. This Monolithic Bull marks the east end of Virupaksha Bazaar, and the statue is housed on a two storied pavilion built on an elevated platform. As per Hindu mythology, Nandi is the vehicle of Lord Shiva, and the gigantic statue of Nandi attracts a lot of visitors.

History of Nandi
Nandi is the vehicle of Lord Shiva, and is also the gatekeeper of the Lord. All the temples dedicated to Lord Shiva always have a Nandi Statue. There are few temples that are purely dedicated to Nandi. According to Puranas, Nandi bull was born out of the right side of Lord Vishnu, just like Lord Shiva. He was offered to sage Salankayana as a son.

About Monolithic Bull  
The Monolithic Bull pavilion Nandi symbolically faces the Shiva shrine (Virupaksha Temple) located at the opposite end of the street. One can also spot a tall stone lamp post with metal spikes over it, at a little distance in front of the Nandi. On the left side of the Nandi pavilion there are a flight of steps that leads to the Achyuta Raya’s Temple situated across the hill.
This simple structure has been standing in Hampi for more than 500 years now. It is one of the most prominent sculptures of Hampi, and is a huge attraction among the tourists.

Architecture of the sculpture
One of the most prominent structures of Hampi, the giant bull or Nandi has been carved out of a single gigantic boulder. Created in a simple manner, the impressive statue displays all the features of a bull perfectly. Unlike other sculptures of Hampi, there are no elaborate carvings on the Bull. But, it has a unique charm of its own. The statue of the bull is placed in a sheltered and elevated platform that stands against the backdrop of huge boulders.

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