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Lepakshi is a small village in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh in South India. It is one of the famous historical and cultural lands in India. Vijayanagara Kings, through their period from 1336 to 1646, made this epic place of worship. It is which devoted to Lord Vishnu, Veerabhadra, and Shiva. When Lord Rama met fading Jatayu here, he voiced ‘Le Pakhi’ meaning ‘rise bird’ in Telugu. That’s how this name was established.

Lepakshi photoPhoto by Hari K Patibanda

Another story is that the treasurer of the Vijayanagara Kingdom conceived and constructed this Veerabhadra temple here without the King’s knowledge. The King ordered to punish the treasurer for using the Kingdom’s money without the King’s knowledge. The treasurer decided to punish himself by banging his head against a wall which rendered him blind. Apparently, you can see two stains on one of the walls that relate to this story. Hence the name Lepakshi – meaning the blinded eye.


This holy place is known for its wall pictures and messages in Kannada. There is a huge Nandi bull statue made of granite seen near to the temple. There is a hill called Kurma Saila, where you can see other places of worship dedicated to Durga, Srirama, Papanatheswara, and Raghunatha. Lepakshi temples are famous for their 16th century Vijayanagara technique of architectural brilliance.

Largest Nandi at Lepakshi

Lepakshi photoPhoto by Hari K Patibanda

Nandi, which is a huge in size, is the biggest bull statue in India. It is made of granite. Nandi is kept in such a way that it can see Lord Shiva’s deity which is protected by Anantha in the shrine. It is well-decorated with mala, jewelry and a chain with a bell on its neck.  Nandi bull is one of the popular tourist spots at Lepakshi.

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Lepakshi photoPhoto by Hari K Patibanda

According to Indian mythology, the Nagalinga, which is 12-feet tall, was made by the sculptors when their mother was making food for them. Not only this, the wall paintings and other artistic creations of artists are being displayed there at the Kalyana Mandapams and halls. These displays portray the art of dance.

Lepakshi Veerabhadra Temple

Veerabhadra temple photoPhoto by Nagarjun

Veerabhadra temple is dedicated to Lord Veerabhadra Swamy. The temple was made in the 16th century in Vijayanagara manner, which is known as one of the most ancient, exclusive and classic. This temple has very important space among the Hindu believers. As per Hindu mythology, when Sita was abducted by Ravana, this is the place where Jatayu attacked Ravana to save Sita. You can see the foot marks of Sita at this temple. The entire temple is decorated with beautiful mural paintings and other artistic works. You could experience our myths and golden stories in brilliant colors and costumes. They have tried to keep the standard of epic stories and myths. Because of the significance of this place, the central government has identified it under the Monuments of National Importance.

Veerabhadra temple photoPhoto by Nagesh Kamath

Veerabhadra temple was made in 1540 by the governors of Vijayanagar Kingdom. They were brothers named Viranna and Virupanna Nayaka. There are claims that Saint Agastya himself made the Veerabhadra Temple. Achutaraya was the ruler during that period. The expenses were paid by the ruler itself. The temple is one among the 108 Divya Kshetras according to the Skanda Purana. This temple is one of the popular pilgrims of Lord Shiva. Vijayanagara architectural skills were studied and published by many national and international archaeologists. You should never miss a chance to visit Lepakshi where you can experience a totally different world.

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Lepakshi Handicraft

Kalamkari photoPhoto by Anuradha Sengupta

Lepakshi is a very small village but very artistically excellent. It is known as the center of South Indian civilization. Tourists get amazed by seeing the hanging pillars of Lepakshi. This place is famous for its handmade items. It is famous for some charming forms of arts and craft. Kalamkari designer sarees and dresses are very popular items from Lepakshi. Toys which are made of softwood are also quite popular from here. Jute durries, Banjara embroideries, Brass art ware, and cotton are very popular in Lepakshi. If you want to see India’s rich tradition and culture, Lepakshi is a great place to visit.



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Lepakshi – A Wondrous Exploration Of Heritage

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