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.
Kadalekalu Ganesha Temple – This statue has been inspired from an incident in Hindu mythology when Lord Ganesha ate a lot of food till his stomach almost burst. In order to protect his stomach, he tied a snake around his belly.
Kadalekalu Ganesha: one more temple near by.
The Kadalekalu Ganesha statue is 15 ft high. This is one of the largest sculptures in Hampi.