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Monolithic Bull, Hampi

Placed like a guard, the Monolithic bull in Hampi is a grand piece of architecture. The impressive and huge structure of the Monolithic bull is locally named as Yeduru Basavanna or Nandi. As per Hindu mythology, Nandi is the vehicle of Lord Shiva. Contradictory to its rough texture, the gigantic statue of Nandi attracts a lot of visitors. The statue of the Monolithic bull is placed just opposite to the Virupaksha temple in Hampi.    

History

In the Hindu mythology, sage Shilada wanted an immortal child and no other than Lord Shiva could grant him that wish. Over this, Lord Indra advised him to worship the almighty Shiva. Shilada started worshipping Shiva for centuries, impressed by this, the Lord granted him his wish of an immortal child. The immortal creature was Nandi, the bull created out of Shiva’s mere bones. With such a sacred status, Nandi became the vehicle of Lord Shiva and people started worshipping it.

The sacred statue of the Monolithic bull was built on a two storied pavilion constructed and raised on a platform. With a picturesque pavilion, the bull looks quite fascinating. Although a bit mutilated, the gigantic structure of Nandi still manages to catch the eyes of the passersby.