March 1, 2011

Kadlekalu Ganesha Hampi

This giant statue of Ganesha (Elephant God) is carved out of a huge boulder and is found at the northeastern slope of the Hemakuta hill in Hampi. The belly of this statue resembles a Bengal gram (Kadalekalu, in local language) and hence the name Kadlekalu Ganesha.
This 4.5 meters (15 feet) tall monolithic statue is one among the largest sculptures in Hampi and dates back 15th century.
Kadlekalu Ganesha in Hampi

This seated Ganesha sculpture is four armed, and bears in each hand a tusk, goad, noose and a bowl of sweetmeats, respectively. its belly and the snout is destroyed by the invaders in late 15th century, they suspected it to hide jewels and gold inside. (see picture below)
monolithic statue of ganesha
The monolith is enshrined in a simple sanctum (below picture) with a vestibule and an open ornate pillared pavilion in front. The tall slender pillars are sculpted with depictions of various Hindu gods and goddesses and mythical themes. The pillared hall is a vantage point to survey the surroundings, especially the Hampi Bazaar and the foothills of Matanga Hill.
Kadlekalu ganesha shrine in hampi

33 comments:

  1. Wow, that green lighting is cool.

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  2. Wow - fabulous shots of this lovely statue!

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  3. Fantastic captures as always, Sam, and what a magnificent statue! Terrific! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  4. oh what a lovely background and capture!

    my entry here
    http://alwaysfilipina.blogspot.com/2011/03/new-crosstitch-kit.html
    hope you can visit me back!

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  5. Week is off to a good start Sylvia, hope the same from you.... thanks for stopping by

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  6. Wow - this is amazing! I always LOVE the many wonders of nature we see each Wednesday. Thanks so much for contributing.
    Denise
    ABC Team

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  7. Grade A post! This is indeed GRAND!

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  8. Four armed??? 8-} like a woman and a housevife :))

    Nice to whatch Anthony, and it was also lovely to se your beautiful vife again. Give her a hug from me :-)

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  9. @ mrsnesbitt
    I'm glad you liked the post, thanks for stopping by :)

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  10. You always put a smile on my face Anne :), ya sure will give your hug to my wife ;)

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  11. that is one massive rock. i could use 4 arms...
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  12. What a wonderful post. Very interesting and informative. I trul enjoy your post as you share so many great things from that area.

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  13. Gorgeous! Great choice for this week's G.

    G is for....

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  14. Such a beautiful statue! Love the lighting. Great photos.

    Thank you for the visit and nice comment.

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  15. wow! that is humongous....:) Great to be here. Hope you can take a look at my ABC Wednesday entry as well. Thanks!

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  16. Beautiful! The carvings from stone always amaze me.

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  17. Samson - These are just such FANTASTIC images. That green is just gorgeous!

    Thank you so much for sharing these at The Creative Exchange this week. Such wonderful work!

    Have a wonderful evening.

    lisa.

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  18. thanks for sharing some points of beauty

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  19. Thats truly beautiful!

    Bhupesh

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  20. Artfully photographed images! Wonderful, interesting post!

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  21. @ Roger Owen Green
    Thanks for your visit ROG

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  22. @ LV
    I'm glad you liked the post :)

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  23. @ Donnie
    Thanks

    @ Rajesh
    Thanks pal

    @ Eden
    Thank you

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  24. @ Dhemz
    it sure is humongous, thanks for stopping by, i liked your ABC Wednesday entry too

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  25. @ Kate
    Thanks

    @ Lisa
    Thanks Lisa

    @ Bhupesh
    Thanks buddy

    @ Pat
    Thank you Pat

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  26. Great captures of the magnificent statue and the beautiful lighting!

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