Kadalekalu Temple, is a monolithic statue of Lord Ganesha, in local language bengal gram is called as Kadalekalu temple and the belly of Lord Ganesha is sculptured in the form of bengal gram hence the name Kadalekalu.
Kadalekalu Ganesha is one of the biggest Lord Ganesha's idols in whole south India. The statue was a gift to the king from a gram merchant, hence the belly portion of the Idol is in the shape of Bengal gram also known as Kadalekalu in the local language.
Virupaksha temple we had visited a day before so we skipped and directly walked to Kadalekalu ganesh. The kadalekalu ganesh is one of largest statue of ganesha in hampi. It is monolithic statue and one of most visited place in hampi monuments. Many forms for ganesha and other hindu gods are carved very beautifully on tall pillar's inside temple.
We biked up the hills to reach a huge monolithic stone carving of the Elephant god Ganesha- the God of eternal knowledge.This 4.6 meters (14 feet) tall sculpture id carved in situ on the slops of the Hemakuta Hill. Sasivekalu Ganesha: This four handed giant statue of Ganesha is a fine example of the Vijayanagara’s artistic skills.
Our 1st destination for the day was a Ganesha temple right near the Virupaksha temple. The highlight of the temple apart from the intricate carvings was the huge Ganesha idol carved out a single rock. In fact its almost 15 ft tall.