Sasivekalu and Kadalekalu Ganesa, Hampi

On the slope of Hemakuta hill, there are 2 huge stone images of Ganesa.The one called Sasivekalu Ganesa which is about 2.4m high, and is known as Sasivekalu or Mustard seed Ganesa.Sasivekalu Ganesa , Hampi Karnataka

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.Sasivekalu Ganesa , Hampi Karnataka

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)

Sasivekalu Ganesa , Hampi Karnataka

You can see the snake carved around his tummy. Also he holds the goad, pasha , and his broken tusk. The hand which holds modak

A bit north of Sasivekalu Ganesha is another giant statue of Ganesha, called the Kadalekalu Ganesha. Kadalekalu Ganesha Temple, Hampi Karnataka

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.

Kadalekalu Ganesha Temple, Hampi Karnataka

Gk& Deepak at Kadalekalu Ganesa

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.

Kadalekalu Ganesha Temple, Hampi Karnataka Each of the pillar is highly ornate with mythical themes and Gods.

Kadalekalu Ganesha Temple, Hampi Karnataka

Lord Hanuman was beautifully carved on one of the pillars

All these are walkable from one to another and can be covered in 30-45 minutes.

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