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Veerabhadra Temple

Lepakshi

14.0/5(6 Ratings)

Veerabhadra Temple Overview

Ranked 2 of 3 sightseeing in Lepakshi

Veerabhadra Temple, one of the heritage sites of the destination, is a beautiful example of Vijayanagara style of architecture. Being one of the hundred and eight important 'Shaiva Kshetras' or shrines of the region, the site has been mentioned in the Skandapurana, a holy book. The ancient shrine was constructed by Saint Agastya which was rebuilt in the present structure by Virupanna, the treasurer of the Vijayanagara Kings.

On his way to other kingdoms, Virupanna found the image of Veerabhadra and at that time, he decided to construct a temple for the deity. Historians state that the temple was constructed by using the treasure in the absence of king and was almost emptied.

The king in rage ordered that the treasurer should be blinded in lieu of punishment of his crime. Being a loyal courtier, Virupanna carried out the punishment on his own and dashed his eyes against the wall. It is believed that the two dark stains upon the wall near the Kalyana Mandapam are the marks made by his eyes.

Forming a triangle with a common Mandapam, the temple has the Garbha Griha, Mukha Mandapa, Artha Mandapa and Kalyana Mandapa. The shrine is placed on 38 carved pillars, which were constructed with the grey sandstone. These pillars are adorned with the figures of various musicians and dancers in different poses representing spirit and vigour.

A local legend also states that the Kalyana Mandapa is situated at a place where Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were married. Further, the walls of the halls are decorated with images from puranic episodes such as Chaturmukha Bramha, Ananthasayana, Tumburu, Dattatreya, Narada and Rambha.
 

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Excellent carving

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Majestically carved rocks at Veerbhadra Temple

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Hanging Pillar

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Kalyana Mandapam

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 2-3hrs
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Monica Agnihotri

Monica Agnihotri4.6/5

5 reviews

Hanging pillars temple

Feel the divine presence in this place.Huge shiva ling and nandi makes one align to lord shiva.Legend has it that the Naga of the Nagalinga was carved out of a single stone by sculptors while they waited for their mothers to prepare lunch. The Nagalinga is approximately 12 feet in height.

Mohit Agarwal

Mohit Agarwal4.3/5

20 reviews

Picturesque temple with amazing carvings

The temple is depicted to Lord Shiva. Situated in a small village, can be best reached by own vehicle or you can hire a cab or bike. The temple has lots of god and goddesses carved on the walls. The temple also has the renowned Hanging Pillar.
  • Picturesque temple with amazing carvings
  • Picturesque temple with amazing carvings
  • Picturesque temple with amazing carvings

Sunayan pal

Sunayan pal3.9/5

5 reviews

Amazing place to see our rich culture heritage

Quite enthralled with the crafting work. Spend close to 2-3 hours and sit in various place to experience the calmness and artwork. Please carry a cap/hat while walking in the kalyana mandapam which is at the back side of the temple. There is no restriction on taking clicks except inside the temple where you can see god Veerabhadra. Please do not use flash on the paintings on the roof.
  • Amazing place to see our rich culture heritage
  • Amazing place to see our rich culture heritage

Sri Bhargav

Sri Bhargav5.0/5

6 reviews

Beautiful and old temple

It is a very beautiful and old temple near to Lepakshi Town. The main issue with the temple is that it has a very small parking space due to which we have to park the cars on the National Highway. Lepakshi is about 120 kms from Bangalore. So, about 4-6 hours are enough to explore this place.

Ram Kishanpuria

Ram Kishanpuria2.9/5

9 reviews

Good historic temple

We went to Lepakshi Village which is approx 130kms from Bangalore, to unveil the truth behind hanging pillars. Frankly it was difficult to spot which one was it, as there was no one in the temple at that time. It's been maintained by ASI and should do much better. They can start charging entry fee which can be used for its further development. The temple has paintings on its pillars and ceiling which is beautiful but getting faded. The best part of the entire journey was the drive. We started early around 4am in the morning so that we are back by 10am and go to office. And the drive was superb with good roads, watch out for bumpers after you cross the second toll. Totally it has two toll booths both charging 120 rupees for a return trip. Go and enjoy the adventurous drive and explore this old ancient temple.

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Siddharth Srinivasan

Siddharth Srinivasan3.6/5

20 reviews

Incomplete beauty

A beautiful place for architectural and photographic enthusiasts. It was a temple started in Vijayanagar regime but was cut off abruptly. Notwithstanding that, the incomplete work itself is a beauty by all means. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Veerabhadra. The main attractions include the hanging pillar, the 5 headed snake, and the monolith Nandi, apart from the mythological Ramapada and the eyes of the sculptor. Located amid boulders, best time to visit is early morning as sun is bound to be scorching in the later hours.Though Hindupur is the nearest Town, for people travelling by bus, own vehicles, its better to take the bus till Bagepalli Checkpost on NH-7 from Bangalore and catch APSRTC/private buses bound to Hindupur from there and get off at Lepakshi. Even for driving, the loan is complete 4 laned till Bagepalli check post, where you will have to take a left turn towards Lepakshi. The big Nandi attracts you signalling you the arrival and the Temple is located about 250 metres away from there.

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  • Incomplete beauty
  • Incomplete beauty
  • Incomplete beauty
  • Incomplete beauty
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Veerabhadra Temple pillars
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Veerabhadra Temple pillars
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