Lepakshi

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Lepakshi
Veerabhadra Temple at Lepakshi
Veerabhadra Temple at Lepakshi
Lepakshi is located in Andhra Pradesh
Lepakshi
Lepakshi
Lepakshi is located in India
Lepakshi
Lepakshi
Coordinates: 13°49′N 77°36′E / 13.81°N 77.60°E / 13.81; 77.60Coordinates: 13°49′N 77°36′E / 13.81°N 77.60°E / 13.81; 77.60
CountryIndia
StateAndhra Pradesh
DistrictAnanthapur
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total10,042
Languages
 • OfficialTelugu
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
515331
Vehicle registrationAP 02

Lepakshi is a village in the Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh, India.[2] It is located 15 km (9.3 mi) east of Hindupur and approximately 120 km (75 mi) north of Bangalore. Lepakshi is culturally and archaeologically significant as it is the location of shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Virabhadra which were built during the Vijayanagara Empire period (1336–1646). The temples are the location of mural paintings of the Vijayanagara kings and Telugu inscriptions. Near the temple complex is a large granite Nandi bull. On a hillock known as Kurma Saila, "tortoise shaped hill", are other temples to Papanatheswara, Raghunatha, Srirama, and Durga.[citation needed] Lepakshi is also famous for puppet show based on Hindu mythology. There is also a three-headed bull with single body carved on the pillar of main entrance pillar.[citation needed]

Archaeological sites[edit]

Veerabhadra Temple[edit]

The Veerabhadra temple of Lepakshi, which was built by the brothers Viranna and Virupanna, is dedicated to Veerabhadra. It is an example of the Vijayanagara architectural style.[3] Points of interest in the temple include a rock chain, Vastu Purusha, the Padmini race lady, the hanging pillar, Durga Paadam, the eyes of Virupaksha and Lepakshi saree designs. The paintings on the roof which feature a mural of Veerabhadra are made with natural pigments.[citation needed] Another interesting aspect of this temple is that it is North facing.[citation needed]There is a 3 headed bull with single body is carved on the pillar of main entrance.

The Nandi bull, 200 m from Veerabhadra Temple

Transport[edit]

Lepakshi Archaeological Notice

Hindupur railway station is a major railway station.

Lepakshi is well connected by buses to Anantpur, Hindupur, Bangalore

References[edit]

  1. ^ Census 2011 The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Accessed 26 July 2014
  2. ^ "Anantapur District Mandals" (PDF). Census of India. p. 430. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  3. ^ Lepakshi Accessed 18 August 2006.

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