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Sasive Kalu & Kadale Kalu Ganeshas in Hampi, Karnataka

Sasive Kalu & Kadale kalu Ganeshas in Hampi, Karnataka, India are unique and massive stone monuments of lord Ganesha in two nearby locations with temples built around each.

Situated in the southern mount of the Hemakuta Hill, the 16th century Sasivekalu Ganesha idol is a giant monolithic structure with a towering height of 8 ft. The belly of the Ganesha statue resembles the shape of mustard seed, and hence the name Sasive Kalu, the local word for mustard seed. The pavilion around the statue was built in 1506 AD. The Sasive Kalu Ganesha statue has four arms holding goad, noose, broken tusk and sweet cake respectively. The tummy of Ganesha is curved around with a snake, referring to an amusing folklore.

Once Ganesha, who is notorious for his eating habits, had too much food and was feeling as though his tummy is about to burst. To save his tummy from rupturing, he caught a snake and tied it around his belly. This story inspired the unique design of the statue.

Kadale Kalu Temple is situated a bit north of the Sasive Kalu Ganesha shrine. The temple houses a monolithic 15-feet tall giant granite statue of Ganesha. Believed to be built in 1440AD, the statue is one of the largest sculptures in Hampi. The belly of the statue resembles Bengal gram, and hence the name Kadale Kalu, the local word for Bengal gram. The shrine with 24 pillars around the statue is adorned with beautiful sculptures representing various mythological stories.

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