Lepakshi - An Architectural Marvel of Vijayanagar Empire

Lepakshi is famous for its Veerabhadra temple. It is an example of the Vijayanagar architectural style and  was built by the brothers Viranna and Virupanna. The must visit places in the Lepakshi Temple a rock chain, Vastu Purush, the Padmini race lady, Durga Paadam, the eyes of Viroopaakshanna and Lepakshi saree designs. The paintings on the roof are made with natural pigments. Also, the Veerbhadra Temple is known for its Hanging Pillar. 

The Bull Statue is one of the biggest monolithic Nandi in India, located 1 km before the main temple and faces the shivalinga shielded by a huge serpent. Lepakshi Nandi is the main attractions in Lepakshi, the huge Nandi bull made of a single granite stone with 4.5m high and 8.23m long.

Lepakshi Temple is situated in Ananthpur District of Andhra Pradesh and 120 kms from Bangalore. To reach Lepakshi from Bangalore, You have to take Devanahalli road and continue until you reach Bagepalli, from there on continue, until clearly marked signs lead you to an exit on to country side roads. Drive another 15 KM’s until you reach Lepakshi.

If you planning for a one day trip from Bangalore, you can cover Ghati Subrahmanya, Vidurashwatha Also. Take Yelahanaka- Ghati Subrahmanya Route. Further continue to Gauribidanur and Vidurashwatha. After Vidurashwatha, travel towards, Hindupur, Finally your destination has reached! Lepakshi.

To return from Lepakshi , you can take Bagepalli rout because it is shortest route
Please check the route map of we travelled in our weekend trip.

This place is quite an architectural marvel of Vijayanagar empire.

Photo of Lepakashi, Ghati Subrahmanya and Vidurashwatha

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