Tale of Sasivekalu Ganesa’s Origin:
In Hindu mythology, Lord Ganesa is notorious for his food habit. One day he ate so much of food that his tummy almost bursted. He just caught a snake and tied it around his tummy as a belt to save his tummy from bursting.
An open pavilion is build around the statue. According to inscriptions found nearby this pavilion was built by a trader from Chandragiri (in present day Andhra Pradesh)in 1506 AD, in memory of one of the Vijayanagara king – Narasimha II (1491-1505 AD)
The belly of this statue resembles a Bengal gram (Kadalekalu, in Kannada) and hence the name.This is around 4.5m high and enshrined in a large temple with an open pillared mandapa in front.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,tall and graceful pillars are of the cubical Vijayanagara type.
All these are walkable from one to another and can be covered in 30-45 minutes.