Lepakshi Travel Guide

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Lepakshi is a small historic town in southern Andhra Pradesh, about 120 kms from Bangalore. On the way to Hyderabad from Bangalore, you have to take a de-tour of about 16kms on the left to reach Lepakshi. The entrance of the city has a huge Nandi statue in a small park. From here if you walk about 200mts , you reach an old temple, built in a typical medival era architecture. It is Shiva temple with a huge Shivalinga coiled with Naga, in the open space. The pillars are all well carved and the temple has multiple shivalingas and pooja is still performed here. The temple compound is also huge. The place gives the feeling that the meditations have been performed there for centuries and you can feel the power of the same.

Lepakshi is a small village located in the Anantapur District , in Andhra Pradesh , India . It is 15 km east of Hindupur and about 100 km north of Bangalore .

Lepakshi is very important historically and archaeologically. There are three shrines dedicated to Shiva , Vishnu and Virabhadra .

The famous Veerabhadra temple , dedicated to Veerabhadra, is located here. The temple is a notable example of the Vijayanagar architectural style. [1] It is famous for its sculptures , which were created by the artisans of Vijayanagara empire. A huge Nandi bull made out of a single granite stone is one of the attractions in Lepakshi.The place is renowned for being one of the best repository of mural paintings of the Vijayanagar Kings.Many old Kannada inscriptions dating back centuries can be seen on its walls [2]

There are three temples dedicated to Shiva , Vishnu and Virabhadra . On a hillock known as Kurma Saila (tortoise shaped hill), temples of 'Papanatheswara', 'Raghunatha', 'Srirama', 'Veerabhadra' and 'Durga' are located. Veerabharadra temple is the most important temple.

Lepakshi is an ultimate testimony for Vishwakarma Brahmins who sculpted these temples. It is believed that noted Vishwakarma Amarashilpi Jakkanachari took part in the planning the architecture of these temples. There are many shila shasanas that the famous sculptors like Dakoju, Maroju took part in this temple sculpture.




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