Some 130 kms away from the city of Bangalore, Lepakshi temple is an architectural marvel one should definitely plan to visit. Also known as Veerabhadra temple, it is located in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, India. While creating a back up for my old mobile phone, I stumbled upon some pics of my Lepakshi trip and thought of sharing the same on this blog before they gather digital dust. I’d visited Lepakshi temple along with my friends on a bike trip, last year in the month of May.
The temple is said to have been constructed in the 16th century in the typical Vijayanagara architectural style. One of its main features is a hanging stone pillar. There are around 70 odd stone pillars in the temple. The base of the hanging pillar appears to be floating and hardly touches the ground – apparently a great engineering feat of medieval India. It features many beautiful sculptures of Hindu gods, goddesses, musicians, dancers on several columns of wall depicting stories from Hindu epics like the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Puranas. There is also large structure of Nandi (Bull – Lord Shiva’s mount) carved out of a single block of rock couple of blocks away from the temple.
Overall, the visit was a good learning experience. Save your weekend for a trip to this awesome place.