One of the major landmarks in the heritage city of Hampi, this temple houses a huge statue of Lord Ganesha, carved out of a single block of rock. It is about 8 foot tall and was erected in memory of king Narasimha II, of the Vijayanagara empire, as per the inscription on it. According to Hindu mythology, once Lord Ganesha consumed a lot of food, due to which his stomach was on the verge of bursting. To stop his stomach from bursting open, Ganesha caught hold of a snake and tied it around his stomach. Thus, the explanation behind the snake that encircles Ganesha's stomach here. The statue sits under a large mandapa (covering) and is surrounded by a wall of pillars.

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