Monday, March 14, 2011

VIDURASHWATHA AND LEPAKSHI

It was Sunday...... we decided to go to nearby Andhra Pradesh...... to see historic places and temples.....
VIDURASHWATHA.......
Ashwatha Tree

It's about 120km from Bangalore on the way to Hyderabad......  reached up to Chikkaballapura, Gouri Bidanur and proceeded to a small place, about 8Km from there to a village Vidurashwatha, with not much of basic facilities..... place with lot of Ashwatha and neem trees......
Nagana Kallu

a small temple with large compound with thousands of serpent stones (nagana kallu)...... placed in by devotees...... who believed that their family will be blessed with children..... people were worshiping individually placed stones and quite few devotees sitting and offering prayers..... It's believed that Ashwtha is a male tree and Neem is female tree and there are occasions to celebrate the wedding between these two trees........ much required oxygen given out by these trees is very good for humans and can cause physiological changes in the body for better health......
After spending for an hour, we proceeded to Lepakshi, a distance of about 25 km via Hindupur........
LEPAKSHI......
Paintings on the ceiling....

This temple cum monument was built in the middle of 16th century by Vijayanagara dynasty King Achutaraya.
It was due to Viroopanna, architect ..... high placed official in the Kingdom.....planned and built the beautiful sculptures.... the monument is on KOORMAGIRI STONE BETTA (hill)......built without any foundation..... solidly on stone.......there is huge seven headed serpent stone (Nagalinga)...... which can be seen from a Nandi which is at a quite a distance....... The monument is protected by archeological department of Government of India......... stone sculptures on huge pillars are simply magnificiant....... each pillar has a different design, architecture, .... story to tell...... they were really talented and genius shilpis..... saree manufacturers copy the designs made some six centuries ago......
Seven headed Naaga Linga

the incomplete Parvathi-Parameshwara Kalyana Mantap...... stands today as a testimony of the misunderstanding between the King and the Shilpi (Architect) Viroopanna......
15 foot one-stone Nandi

Hindu culture, heritage, architecture  and history will be more appreciated by anyone who visit these places.......
On our return, drove back a distance of 20km to reach NH7 highway..... and another 102 km on the highway to Bangalooru........comfortably reached home by 6pm......
Sun, 14 March

No comments:

Post a Comment