The giant Kadalekalu Ganesha at Hampi
This giant statue of Kadalekalu Ganesha is in Hampi. You may wonder why the name Kadalekalu? The stomach of this Ganesha is carved in such a way that it resembles the horse gram (or Bengal gram) which is known as “kadalekalu” in Kannada language, hence the name Kadalekalu Ganesha.
The most interesting part of this 15-feet Ganesha is that the statue is carved out of single boulder. When the kadalekalu Ganesha was un-damaged, it was worshipped by the royal families of the Vijayanagar Empire.
Worshiping broken idols is considered inauspicious in Hinduism
Sadly it is not worshipped now because the statue was damaged by the enemies during (or after) the fall of Vijayanagar Empire.
It must be noted that, in Hinduism, broken idol is not worshipped. Offering prayers to broken idol is considered to be inauspicious. Some also believe that it brings bad luck which is entirely a different topic of discussion.
You may notice in the photographs that the stomach part of the kadalekalu Ganesha is broken. An attempt was made to patch up the broken part and also a perfect shape of stomach was carved but the idea was dropped later. It is believed that even the repaired idol will yield no good results when worshipped.
The guide showed us the part of the stomach which was supposed to be patched lay down in front of the temple.
The Kadalekalu Ganesha is one of the biggest statue in Hampi and is a must see for the visitors there. Follow #Hampi in this blog for more posts. You may wish to see some photographs of Virupaksha Temple in Hampi.