Monolithic Bull

Nandi is the mount of lord Shiva and it's symbolic that this one faces the Shiva shrine (Virupaksha Temple) located at the opposite end of the street, about a kilometer from it. At a little distance in front of the Nandi you can also spot a tall stone lamp post with metal spikes over it.

Locally known as Yeduru Basavanna or Nandi, this monolithic bull marks the east end of the Virupaksha Bazaar. The statue is housed in a twin storied pavilion built on an elevated platform. A heap of gigantic boulders behind the pavilion offers an interesting backdrop. Though partially mutilated and carved in a coarse style, this Nandi attracts visitor owing to its giant size.

A flight of steps along the left side of the Nandi pavilion leads you to the Achyutaraya’s Temple located across the hill.

A Nandi monolith of substantial proportions faces west towards the colonnaded street. The Nandi is sheltered by a Mandapa incorporating both single-height and double height columns. The columns are raised on a massive tripartite basement, with angled bottom and top mouldings interrupted by blocks on the north and south. A ceiling on four sets of rotated squares rises over the Nandi.