Kadalekalu Ganesha
Kadalekalu Ganesha
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aur1408
Mumbai, India40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Sunset here is beautiful apart Ganesh Idol . One more thing pl take a look carefully at back side of Ganapati idol, it will looks like mother Parvati is hold ganapati on her lap.
It took me some time identity , till guide pointed it out to me .
Written 15 March 2022
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,717 contributions
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Nov 2019
The Kadalekalu Ganesha is another Ganesh temple to complement the Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple, which is not far from this. This temple also has a giant monolithic sculpture of the elephant headed god Ganesh.

Well worth taking the time to see this for the sheer size of the statue and it’s its location with all the main buildings of the Hampi archeological complex.
Written 15 November 2019
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Madhulika L
Noida, India6,315 contributions
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Feb 2018 • Friends
There are two monolithic Ganesha idols in Hampi: the smaller one (the Sasivekalu Ganesha) is called the ‘mustard Ganesh’, because it’s smaller; the larger one is the 18 ft tall Kadalai Kalu Ganesha, or the ‘peanut Ganesha’ (because peanuts are larger than mustard seeds). (Interestingly, everybody seems to refer to this as the peanut Ganesha, but the Archaeological Survey of India’s signboard at the entrance refers to this as the ‘Bengal gram Ganesha’.

Unlike the mustard Ganesha, this one is housed inside a temple that is actually still a living temple. High pillars form a sort of porch to it, with a terrace (the view from here—massive boulders, ruins, and so on—is impressive). Since this is a functioning temple, if you wish to go inside and see the Ganesha up close, you’ll need to take off your footwear and leave it outside. You can actually get a fairly good view of the monolith from the outside, so entering isn’t really necessary.

No entry fees apply here; you are, of course, free to leave a donation at the temple.
Written 30 April 2018
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Soumendra_78
Pune, India275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
How to Reach: As you can not reach Hampi directly, we planned for Pune->Hospet->Hampi. We reached Hospet by Volvo, which took a tiring 9 hours overnight journey. We boarded @ 11:00PM from Swargate, on connecting pickup van upto Katraj and then on main bus & reached @ 8:30am next day morning to Hospet, where we were dropped near Hospet Bus Stand. Better to take a hotel nearby, where you can stay & freshen up, as you need to travel 13 KM (30 min) more by Volvo tourist bus, every morning & return in evening. (Very frequent & Rs.13/- tkt per trip)

Site Review : This giant, 4.5 mtrs (15 ft) tall statue of Ganesha was carved out of a huge boulder at the northeastern slope of the Hemakuta hill.

Historical Information: The belly of this statue resembles a Bengal gram (Kadalekalu, in local language) and hence the name. The temple hall is decorated with tall and slender granite pillars, with various mythological characters and themes carved out on them.

Additional Observation: After entering the Garva-griha, go to the backside of the statue. It is very dark, remember to take a torch. Point the light to the statues backbone and you'll see a giant disembodied hand supporting the Ganesha. (The hand is that of Goddess Parvati) In asthetic terms, the craftsman depicts a huge Ganesha sitting on the lap of her mother who is also supporting his back. The clever craftsman never carved that huge Parvati but left it to the beholder's imagination to imagine her size and greatness.

Localities & Food : A good point to sit and relax peacefully after long walk, a long open area in front of temple, a nice view of the Bus stand, Hampi Bazaar and the Matanga Hill. Nearby sunset point near "Two storied Mantapa" is a must watch.

Hotels : We booked a hotel, 5 mins walking distance from Hospet bus stand, (many budget hotels here) & it helped us to go to and from easily, as we came back one day for lunch from Hampi & returned back after a refreshing nap.

Contact Details: NA
Google keywords: Check "Kadalekalu Ganesha, Hampi, Karnataka 583239"
Written 18 February 2015
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Hema
Copenhagen, Denmark51 contributions
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Jul 2015 • Friends
Very huge Ganesha monolithic structure situated near the Hemakuta temple complex. A nice quiet place to visit.
Written 6 July 2015
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TapasBhattacharya
Howrah, India20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Family
It is a 18 ft wonder! A single stone structure meant for royal worship. If you have a torch (a mobile torch would be good enough), just encircle the structure and you can see parvati holding ganesh from the back!
Written 14 March 2015
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AmarMysore
Bengaluru, India198 contributions
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Nov 2014 • Family
Really huge Ganesha statue on the Hemakoota hill. Apparently was built by a groundnut merchant and hence goes with the name Kadalekai Ganesha.

Around the statue are the gates to Hampi from other towns, which once upon a time served as a checkpost for tax collection.
Written 19 November 2014
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SumitThakur
Bengaluru, India188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
This place famous bollywood movie Guru has been shot. Famous Indian dance Hema mailini has performed. The temple is ruins at the top where you have hilltop picture square pics in sunrise and at sunset. The mughal's tried to destroyed everything but since its carved out of pure rock ,was not able to do it completely and hence ruins but still worth watching how behemoth structures these are.
Written 10 June 2019
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Jawahar74
Nairobi523 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
This giant statue of Ganesha was carved out of a huge boulder at the northeastern slope of the Hemakuta hill. The belly of this statue resembles a Bengal gram (Kadalekalu, in local language) and hence the name.

A sanctum is built around the statue. The pillared hall in front of this sanctum is as charming as this giant statue itself. The open hall constructed by unusually slender and tall pillars. Each of them is highly ornate with mythical themes.

Written 16 January 2019
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GoWrong
Bengaluru, India134 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
This temple almost is at the entrance. Its made up of huge columns and pillars on stone. Also offers a good view of Virupaksha temple
Written 25 June 2018
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