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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Hampi Sacred Center: Photo 75

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I say this because, like the stone cart at the Vittala Temple, Narasimha is no longer intact. The strap from knee to knee is a recent addition, as are both legs and the surrounding wall. Michell writes in something like despair of "...the regrettable decision in the mid-1980s to 'renew' the great Narashima.... Having suffered indignities in the sack of the city in 1565, the Narashimha monolith was subject to a fresh humiliation, as newly fashioned stone pieces were crudely cemented onto its original fabric in order to replace the broken and missing parts. It took a protest from no less a figure than Rajiv Gandhi, then prime minister, to stop this outrage, but, by this time, the original appearance of the monolith, imposing even though damaged, was irrecoverably affected." (Michell in Verghese and Dallapiccola, p. 84.)

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