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    Category : History/heritage: History & Heritage

    Duration(days) : 1 Days

    Description

    Lepakshi is a historically and archeologically significant village.

    It is famous for its mysterious hanging pillar in the 16th century Veerabhadra Temple built in Vijayanagara architectural style.

    Other attractions in Lepakshi are: 
    •    huge structure of Nandi sculpted out of a single granite stone
    •    mural paintings of the Vijayanagar kings
    •    ancient inscriptions 
    •    extraordinary architecture of Veerabhadra Temple 

    Lepakshi has shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Veerabhadra which were built during the Vijayanagara Kings' period (1336–1646).

     

    The place derives its name from the mythological incident. In the Ramayana, Rama meets the dying Jatayu, who tried to fight with Ravana trying to save Sita. It was here that Jatayu fell down. Lord Rama helps him to attain moksha by uttering the words "le pakshi", which is Telugu for "rise, bird". Hence the name, Lepakshi.


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    Veerabhadra Temple

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    Veerabhadra Temple is the prime attraction of Lepakshi. It is an ancient temple built by Vijayanagara King. The temple is dedicated to Lord Veerabhadra Swamy, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. It attracts tourists for its beautiful sculptures and architectural beauty. Major points of interest in the temple include the hanging pillars, a rock chain, Vastu Purusha, the Padmini race lady, Durga Paadam, the eyes of Viroopaakshanna.
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      Nandi Bull / Lepakshi Nandi

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      Nandi Bull is another spectacular attraction of Lepakshi. It lies close to Veerbhadra Temple. This monolithic sculpture is crafted out of granite stone measures 4.5m in height and 8.23 m in length. It is believed to be the largest Nandi statue in the country.
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        Kalyana Mantapa

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        Kalyana Mandapa situated inside the Veerabhadra Temple complex is another prime attractions of Lepakshi. The structure is filled with extensive artistic work. This structure was built to perform the Kalyana ceremony for Lord Shiva and Parvathi during annual festivals of the temple. The carving in this beautiful mandapa depict that several gods and saints from heaven attend the wedding ceremony. There are about 38 well carved pillars, and it is a beautiful sight to see.
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          Other temples in Lepakshi

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          On a hillock known as Kurma Saila, "tortoise shaped hill", are other temples to Papanatheswara, Raghunatha, Srirama, and Durga are present.
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            Penukonda Fort

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            Penukonda is a temple village, with 365 temples dedicated just to Lord Hanuman. The main attraction of the place is Penukonda Fort. The fort is architectural brilliance with stunning sculptures. Built on a gigantic hill, this huge and imposing fort offers a spectacular view of the town below. The two famous attractions here are Gagan Mahal Palace and Babayya Darga. There are many intresting mosques and temples inside the fort. The word Penukonda, literally means big hill. It has served as the 2nd capital of Vijayanagar Kingdom after the fall of Hampi. The fort is in good condition. One has to trek for about 20 minutes (one way) to reach the fort. It usually takes about 2 hours to explore the fort. Penukonda is located at a distance of 45 kms from Lepakshi.
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              Anantapur

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              There are many intresting places around Lepakshi in the Anantapur district. Like Gooty Fort, Dharmavaram, Rayadurg Fort, Thimmamma Marrimanu, Hemavathi etc.
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                Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple, Nandi

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                Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple is near Nandi Hills. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple lies at 54 kms from Bangalore, towards Lepakshi.
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                  Ghati Subramanya

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                  The Ghati Subramanya temple is an ancient temple, dedicated to Lord Subramanya (lord of Snakes) and Lord Lakshmi Narasimha. According to legend, Ghati is the place where Lord Subramanya performed penance in the guise of a serpent inside the caves in the mountain ranges of this area before going to kill the demon Tharakasura. Ghati is also the place where Lord Subramanya invoked protection from Lord Lakshmi Narasimha for the serpentine clan from Garuda's scare. Ghati Subramanya is in between Lepakshi and Bangalore. It lies at 60 kms from Lepakshi and 60 kms from Bangalore.
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                    Lepakshi has good road connectivity.
                    Here are some important distances to note:
                    Bangalore - 120 kms
                    Hyderabad - 450 kms
                    Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh - 110 kms

                    By Train
                    The nearest railway station of Hindupur is 15 Km away from the place. 

                    By Air
                    Bengaluru International Airport is the nearest airport to Lepakshi.