Kadalekalu Ganesh is one of the largest statues of Lord Ganesh that exists in the south India. The shrine housing the statue of Kadalekalu Ganesh is situated on the slope of the Hemakuta hillock in Hampi. The main idol is a remarkable monolithic statue and this is one of the most popular tourist sites in Hampi. Devotees can enjoy picturesque views of the Hampi Bazaar (market) and the Mathanga Hill while standing in the hall of the Kadalekalu Ganesh temple. The calm atmosphere of the temple makes it a wonderful place to spend some peaceful moments admiring the beauty of the surroundings.
About The Temple
The Kadalekalu Ganesh Temple was constructed in the 16th century. The temple of Kadalekalu Ganesh is a beautiful stone structure. The temple hall consists of tall and slender granite pillars. The pillars are carved with various mythological characters. The cubical shaped pillars are constructed in the typical Vijayanagar style of architecture. The hall leads to the inner sanctum where the tall statue stands.
About The Deity
The towering statue of Kadalekalu Ganesh has a height of 4.6 metres. The giant statue was carved out of a single boulder. The belly of Ganesh has been chiselled in such a manner that it resembles a Bengal gram (Kadalekalu locally). Hence, the statue has been given the name of Kadalekalu Ganesh. It is one of the largest statues that exist in Hampi.
Best Time to Visit
Every year, from October to February is the best time to visit.
Bellary Airport is the nearest airport.
The nearest railway station is located at the town of Hosapet.
Hampi is well connected by road and can be accessed from several cities by road.
Kadalekalu Ganesh Temple,
Hampi, Bellary District,
Pin code – 583 239.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Auspicious beginnings of work
- Removal of obstacles
- Renewal of energy
- Agricultural productivity
Vakratunda Mahakaaya Suryakoti Samaprabha Nirvighnam Kuru Mey Deva Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvada
Meaning -I pray to thee O Lord, who has a curved trunk and a strong body, the shine of a million suns, to remove all the hurdles that may block me from all the tasks I intend to perform.
Agajaanana Padmaarkam Gajaananam Aharnisham Anekadantham Bhaktaanaam Ekadantam Upaasmahey
Meaning -The sun to Mother Parvati's lotus face, I worship Lord Ganesh, with the elephant face, the one who grants a lot of wishes, the one with the single tusk, I salute thee to grant my wish.
Gajaananam Bhoota Ganaadhi Sevitam Kapitta Jamboophaala Saara Bhakshitam Umaasutam Shoka Vinaasha Kaaranam Namaami Vighneswara Paada Pankajam
Meaning -Oh elephant-faced Lord, who is served by all the Ganas, who consumes the essence of Kapitta and Jamboophala, His favourite fruits, who is Uma's son, who destroys the gloom of His devotees, who handles hurdles, we worship your lotus feet.
Tatpurushaaya Vidmahe Vakratundaaya Dheemahe Tanno Danthihi Prachodayaat
Meaning -We meditate on the great power, we call upon the single tusked Ganesh, who grants wishes.
The temple is open from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.