The Lakshmi Narasimha statue, which is in Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, is ranked among the most imposing sculptures in the ruined and historical town of Hampi, Karnataka. Standing on the Hemakuta Hill and on the southern side of the Hemakuta group of temples, the statue is considered the largest monolith statuein the legendary town. Built in 1528 A. D., the temple attracts devotees and visitors alike for its momentous and gigantic statue.
Lakshmi Narasimha Temple was built during the rule of Krishnadevaraya, who is regarded as a great ruler of the Vijayanagara Empire. Dedicated to Lord Narasimha- an avatar of Lord Vishnuand Goddess Lakshmi–the statue had to face mutilation and damage at the hands of the Mughals in the later the 15th century. That does not stop visitors from coming here and marveling at the unique and matchless architecture of the statue.
The Lakshmi Narasimha statue is a fine example of the Vijayanagara style of architecture. Crated with great details, the rare statue has a height of 6.7 meters and possesses a neatly chiseled broad chest. A single boulder of granite was used to craft this imposing statue which depicts the finesses of the art during that era. Do visit Hampi and relish the heritage of the Vijayanagara Empire.