Lepakshi temple has another name of Veerabhadra temple. It is in Lepakshi village of Anantapur district. There are three shrines present in the Lepakshi temple namely Lord Shiva temple, Lord Vishnu temple, and Lord Veerabhadra temple.During 1336 – 1646, Vijayanagara’ Kings build this temple.
History of Lepakshi Temple:
Viranna and Virupanna brothers build this temple. The temple completely represents the Vijayanagara architecture. The sculptures created by Vijayanagara’s artisans in the Lepakshi temple are very famous.By using a single rock,Nandi has build. The scenes of Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Puranas made on walls using fresco paintings technique with bright colors. Asia’s largest fresco painting is present on this temple’s ceiling of Ante-Chamber. It measures 23 x 13 feet.
Attractions at Lepakshi Temple:
- The Hanging Pillar: The hanging pillar is a remarkable thing about his temple. This pillar is suspended in the main hall that is said to be the reception hall for Shiva and Parvati’s marriage.
- Naglinga: The Naglinga present here is the largest monolithic Naglinga of the country. It is said that this Naglinga was built in just one hour by the sculptors.
- Durga Padam: Durga Padam or Goddess Sita’s footprint is another major attraction here.
- Lepakshi saree design: You will get a glimpse of beautiful lepakshi sarees which are painted on the pillars.
Lepakshi Temple Timings:
Darshan timings of Lepakshi temple are
Morning hours: 5:00 am – 12:30 pm
Evening hours: 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The darshan is open throughout the week. Temple timings may vary during festival days.
How to reach Lepakshi Temple?
- Bangalore international airport is the nearest the nearest airport to the Lepakshi temple.
- Hindpur railway station is the nearest railway station, it is 14 km away from the temple.
- Buses run from KSRTC as well as APSRTC