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Tallest Monolithic Nandi of India

Tallest Monolithic Nandi of India  Video Review
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Veerabhadra Temple

Nik Goradia
27th Oct 17

Historic Place

Historic Place  Video Review
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Lepakshi Temple

Tata Ramcharan
30th Dec 17

Excellent carving

Excellent carving  Video Review
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Veerabhadra Temple

Nik Goradia
27th Oct 17

Amaizing temple architecture

Amaizing temple architecture  Video Review
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Lepakshi Temple

Pradeep Ramachandran
24th Feb 18

Majestically carved rocks at Veerbhadra Temple

Majestically carved rocks at Veerbhadra Temple  Video Review
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Veerabhadra Temple

Mohit Agarwal
25th Dec 16

World largest Nandi

World largest Nandi  Video Review
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Nandi Bull And Paintings

Pradeep Ramachandran
24th Feb 18

Hanging Pillar

Hanging Pillar  Video Review
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Veerabhadra Temple

Nikunj Goradia
27th Oct 17

Kalyana Mandapam

Kalyana Mandapam  Video Review
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Veerabhadra Temple

Pradeep Ramachandran
24th Feb 18

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Reasons to go to Lepakshi

1Spot the floating pillar!
Spot the floating pillar!

HolidayIQ reviewer Ami Bhatt gives a vivid description of her visit, "As you enter Lepakshi, you will see the monolithic Nandi on the right. This has been developed into a small park and there is no entrance fee here. Further down the Nandi, you will find the Lepakshi temple. There is generally no crowd here as this is not a well-publicized place. The entrance is free and once you enter, you can go right up to the inner sanctum. You can just spend time exploring and admiring the lovely sculpted pillars. Don't forget to look up at the amazing ceiling. Also, try spotting the floating pillar, where you can swipe an entire newspaper under the pillar. Within the temple premises, the beautiful open-air Kalyana Mantapa takes your breath away. The temple premises are well maintained and clean."

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2An archaeological wonder
An archaeological wonder

HolidayIQ reviewer Ami Bhat shares a detailed description, "As you enter Lepakshi, you will see the monolithic Nandi on the right. Further down the Nandi, you will find the Lepakshi temple. There is generally no crowd here. You can spend time exploring and admiring the lovely sculpted pillars. Don't forget to look up at the amazing ceiling. Also, try spotting the floating pillar, where you can swipe an entire newspaper under it. Within the temple premises, the beautiful open-air Kalyana Mantapa takes away your breath."

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3The Famed Hanging Column Or Pillar Of Lepakshi Temple
The Famed Hanging Column Or Pillar Of Lepakshi Temple

The famed Hanging Column or Pillar of Lepakshi Temple is located in Andhra Pradesh. There are about 70 pillars at this fabulous 16th-century temple of stone, built during the Vijayanagar style, but this one is the best known and a tribute to the engineering genius of ancient and medieval India’s temple builders. However, it is a bit dislodged from its original position — it is said that during the British era, a British engineer tried to move it in an unsuccessful attempt to uncover the secret of its support. Much of the temple is built on a low, rocky hill called Kurmasailam — which translates to tortoise hill in Telugu, after the shape of the hill. The temple dates back to 1583 and was built by the brothers, Virupanna and Veeranna, who were initially in the service of the Vijayangar kings. However, Puranic lore has it that the Veerabhadra temple was built by the sage Agastya. It has idols of Ganesha, Nandi, Veerabhadra, Shiva, Bhadrakali, Vishnu and Lakshmi.

HolidayIQ Traveller Surya Reddy shares, "Lepakshi is a historical place, related to Ramayana it is located near to Hindupur town of Andhra Pradesh and 120 km from Bangalore airport. We went on a weekend trip to lepakshi for sightseeing, the temple with the painting on the roof; the pillars that are hanging, the cradle of sita, Nandi idol and shivalinga are the attractions in this place."

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4It Isn’t Just About A Hanging Pillar! Lepakshi Has India's Biggest Monolithic Nandi
It Isn’t Just About A Hanging Pillar! Lepakshi Has India's Biggest Monolithic Nandi

Besides the Hanging Pillar, another draw is the spectacular Nandi, located almost a mile before the main temple — the first structure you will encounter. At 27ft in length and 15ft in height, it is a colossal structure, reputedly India’s biggest monolithic Nandi.

HolidayIQ Traveller Siddharth Srinivasan from Bangalore shares, "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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5And The Finest Specimens of Murals Created During The Vijayanagar Empire
And The Finest Specimens of Murals Created During The Vijayanagar Empire

The Lepakshi temple also has the finest specimens of mural paintings of the Vijayanagar kings. The 24 by 14 ft fresco of Veerabhadra on the ceiling before the main sanctum sanctorum is the largest in India of any single figure. The rest of the frescoes are also beautiful and show an impressive attention to detail with colours strikingly contrasted — black limework against an orange-red background with some green, white, black, and shades of ochre-gold and brown mostly applied to a stucco surface specially treated with lime. The Shiva-Parvathi kalyanam — an enduringly popular subject with traditional Indian artists — finds expression here. However, these frescoes are peeling off in many places and in need of better maintenance and expert restoration.

HolidayIQ Traveller Surya Reddy shares, "Nandi bull in Lepakshi is the largest bull idol in the world. The paintings that are painted on the roof of the temple denote the stories and epics of Indian history. One can see all the paintings everywhere on the rooftop of the temple."

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Nivedha selvaraj

Nivedha selvaraj5.0/5

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Culturally and archaeologically significant

Hidden in a small village in Anantapur, Lepakshi is a culturally and archaeologically significant place. Built during Vijayanagara Kinga period, the priceless Veerabhadra Swamy Temple in Lepakshi is perched on a tortoise shaped hill called the Kurma Saila. The architecture dates back to 16th century and is a feast to art and history lovers. This ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Veerabhadra and has beautifully carved inscriptions on each pillar. Every pillar has a unique carving on it that makes any art lover rejoice with happiness. The Nandi is 4. 5 m high and 8. 2 m long and has been positioned in a place facing the Shivalinga, which is inside the temple. The architecture of the temple is an epitome of sheer brilliance. The hanging pillar in the temple premises stands as a testament to that. It is a wonder to witness such magnificence. Was it the invasion, famine or just pure jealousy that stopped the completion of the open air Kalayana Mandapa, only Nandi, which is outside the temple acts as the sole witness to what had happened 5 centuries back.

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  • Culturally and archaeologically significant
  • Culturally and archaeologically significant
  • Culturally and archaeologically significant
  • Culturally and archaeologically significant
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Suresh

Suresh

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Lepakshi - Painted Eyes of the Gods

It's a small village in Andhra Pradesh. It was about 120 Kms from Bangalore ... The place is linked to our heritage with Ramayana where Jatayu tried defending Sita from Ravana and died.
The Village has an old heritage temple and beautiful historic background. The complete history can be referred in the below link.
. M. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Lepakshi
The place is quite hot in summers, so following things might be handy.
1. Couple of filled water bottles
2. Caps / Shades
3. Snacks ( not much food options available)
4. Don't forget to take a camera
Also there is not much boarding available nearby so it would be good to stay in Bangalore and visit the place. In the route back you can also visit the nandi bhogeshwara temple which also has historic background with beautiful temple wall carvings.
Overall it's a one day trip for people who looking a days outing in and around Bangalore.

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Lepakshi Overview

Lepakshi, a historical and archaeological village, is situated in Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh. It is 15 km east of Hindupur. Ruled by Vijayanagar kings in the years of yore, there are several heritage sites and temples of the empire.

Other than Vijayanagar rulers, the region was also ruled by Qutub Shahis, Mughals and the Nawabs of Cuddapah. Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan also took over the territory, which was later occupied by the British.

There is a mention of the village in Skanda Purana as one of the 108 important Shaiva Kshetras. Kalyana Mandapam is a renowned site of the destination, which is also the origin of the name Lepakshi, meaning ‘village of the blinded eye’. Besides, the site is associated with a local legend, as per which, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were married at Kalyana Mandapam.

The village features three major historical shrines, which are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Veerabhadra. The shrine of Veerabhadra Temple is a fine illustration of the Vijayanagar style of architecture on the hillock, known as Kurma Saila. According to folklore, the temple is believed to be constructed by Saint Agastya. Nearby, there is a granite monolith of Nandi, which is believed to be the largest figurine of the deity.

The rule of various dynasties and empires exhibits the rich and diverse culture of the destination. The cultural heritage of Lepakshi lies in its arts, dance, drama and music. Kuchipudi, Bhamakalpam, Burrakatha and Lambadi are some of the popular dance forms of Lepakshi. The musical heritage of Lepakshi lies in Carnatic music, which is believed to have been inspired from the gods.

Lepakshi, located at a distance of 140 km from Bangalore, can be reached from Bangalore-Hyderabad Highway through state and private buses. The airport of Bangalore is closest to the destination, which is connected with several destinations. Besides, Hindupur Railway Station is the closest rail head to Lepakshi.

The ideal time to visit Lepakshi is during the months of September to February, when the weather conditions are pleasant.

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Lepakshi Temple, Lepakshi

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Lepakshi Temple, Lepakshi
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Veerabhadra Temple pillars
Veerabhadra Temple, Lepakshi

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Veerabhadra Temple pillars
Lepakshi Temple, Lepakshi

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Stone carvings

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