Saturday, February 25, 2017


Tuesday, 21st February 2017

As legend has it - where Jatayu fell after being injured by Ravana is Lepakshi, Vijayanagara-era temple built on the rocks is 16th century.

The famed hanging column of pillar of Lepakshi temple is architectural marvel and tribute to engineering genius of ancient India's temple builders. A towel or a sheet of paper can pass under the pillar showing that it is not resting in the ground. It is unfortunate that during British era, a British Engineer tried to move it in an unsuccessful attempt to uncover the secret of its support.

Lepakshi is located in Ananthpur District of Andhra Pradesh and is about 120km from Bengaluru.

The temple built by Virupanna and Veeranna who were in the service of Vijayangara Kings  on a rocky hill called "Kurmasailam", VeeraBhadra temple.It has idols of Ganesh, Nandi, Veerabhadra. Shiva, Bhadrakali, Vishnu and Lakshmi.

The name "Le Pakshi" - rise bird said Rama compassionately, came from  a story in Ramayana when the bird Jatayu fell after a battle with Ravana, who was carrying Sita.

The spots of attraction in the temple are about 70 pillars each one is carved with different idols, a huge Ganesha, carved in the stone, a massive Naga with three coils and seven hoods, forms a sheltering canopy over a black grnite ShivaLinga.

The temple also has finest specimens of mural paintings.

There is a spectacular nandi, located about a mile from the main temple, 27ft length and 15ft in height, reputably biggest monolithis, finely carved ornaments and smooth contours adding to its grandeur. There is also half built Kalyana Mandapam and Natya mandapam, dance hall with superbly sculpted pillars.
Lunch at Nandi Upachar

It is amazing to see the wonderful work and the brilliant brains people had in those days, permanent monuments build without the help of modern technology.

written Sunday 26th Feb 2017

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