Lepakshi temple is located in Lepakshi a small village in Ananthapur District of Andhra Pradesh, it is near to the city of Hindupur and also near to the Bangalore city with the distance of 120kms. Lepakshi temple was constructed in the 16th century.
The temple was constructed on the south side of town,the temple architectural style is “Dravidian” style. The temple was devoted to Lord Shiva, Mahavishnu and Veerabhadra Swamy. Constructed in the period of Vijayanagara Kings time close to the temple surroundings we have a view of Nandi carved with single huge granite stone, a small hill is there and it is in the form of tortoise structure.
Story of Lepakshi Temple
Lepakshi Nandi (carved with single granite stone)
Nandi is belong to Lord Shiva it is a huge carving present in the main road to village very near the temple with the distance of 200 meters. In India it is the largest Nandi having length of 8.23 meters and heigth with 4.5 meters. In the sculpture we can see that Nandi is wearing a chain with bells and kaasu malla and some accessories.
Lepakshi Temple History
Lepakshi temple entrance
In Lepakshi temple devoted to Lord Shiva, Mahavishnu and Veerabhadra Swamy is there,Veerabhadra temple was constructed by the siblings Viranna and Virupanna constructed in 1540.They were administrators beneath of Vijayanagara kingdom.
Some Attractive Points In The Lepakshi Temple
- Rock chain
- Hanging pillar
- Eyes of Virupanna
- Lepakshi designs for sarees
- Vastu purusha
- Padmini race lady
Natya mantapa at Lepakshi Temple
The gathering hall can be called as Natya mantapa that which was constructed very spacious at the roofs of the mantapa we can see very beautiful paintings still without faded they are natural colourants.
Kalyana Mantapa at Lepakshi Temple
In temple Kalyana mantapa rest half complete as per the orders of king Aliya Rama Raya to blind Virupanna who is the main cashier of the kingdom and temple,the action that takes against the virupanna is held strictly for the reason that he mistreat the temple treasure.
So that by him self virupanna has removed his eyes and thrown them to the wall,still at present also we can see the blood marks of the eyes
Virupanna eyes threw to the wall
Lepakshi Temple Hanging Pillar
Number of pillars are there in the temple all above 70 pillars is there, but coming to the hanging pillar present it was displaced now from its actual position, during the British period one of the British architect attempt to shift its actual position but he failed to move the pillar to reveal the pillar secret.
The Mystery Behind The Hanging Pillar of Lepakshi Temple
In temple we can have very interesting view is “Hanging pillar”, the pillar does not laid down completely the architecture is really wonderful.
People checking the Hanging pillar
Veerabhadra Swamy at Lepakshi Temple
In the middle of the assembly hall we have Veerabhadra Swamy temple is located. Veerabhadra temple was constructed by the scholar Agastya. The structure of the temple is one example for Vijayanagara empire.the sculptures on the pillars are very beautiful. On temple roofs we can have fantastic paintings explains the history and the culture.
Front view of Veerabhadra temple
Veerabhadra Swamy temple
Annapurna devi sculpture at Lepakshi Temple
Another sculpture is attracted in the hall was Annapurna devi sculpture and along with these sculpture few more are there pictures of Natesha bordered by Brahma and Lord shiva and Parvathi
Annapurna devi sculpture
There are also sculptures of goddess called as Bhringi having 3 legs sculptured in position of dancing.
Vinayaka statue at Lepakshi Temple
Outside of the temple there are few huge statues are present with providing information about the divinity like Vinayaka statue.
Another idol is catches our eye sight is Nagalinga, having three warps and seven hoods of naga by protecting the Shivalinga made up of granite,it is one of the biggest Lingas in India.
It was sculptured by the children who used to worked in the construction of temple,at the lunch time their mother went to take a bath,so in the mean while they started to sculpt the seven hooded snake and formed Linga.
By seeing this huge sculpture their mother was surprised done by their children.
These are the plates used to eat their food,and also some other people assumes that it is a palate used to mix the colours.
Hanuman Mantapa Located at Lepakshi Temple
At surroundings of temple there we have small hanuman mantapa is located.
Sita Devi original foot impression at Lepakshi Temple
A few steps distance we can the footprint of sita devi, with her original appearance reason for that we hate to know about another interesting fact about the temple and why the temple name got as “Lepakshi”.
Sita Devi original foot impression
This gives important role in Ramayana this the place where Jatayu fell down and injured badly after the war done against Ravana and Jatayu.
War between Ravana and Jatayu
Jatayu fought against Ravana, he is taking away Sita devi in the war between Ravana and Jatayu, Ravana has cut off one of Jatayu’s wing. Then Rama attend to that place and he saw the Jatayu and called as “Le-Pakshi” means to waking up the bird Jatayu, so that the temple is called as”Lepakshi”.
Sri Rama calling Jatayu as “Le-Pakshi”
Lepakshi temple is near to Puttaparthi town which is very famous,so that we can have a site of it which posses number of accommodations and the beautiful city Bangalore is about 130 kilometers. Nearby there are few more places to visit places like Dharmavaram, Hindupur.