Lepakshi is an epitome of an extremely devotional site which is also renowned for its rich architecture. Yes, believe it or not, this marvellous place is not only famous for its devotional and architecture side of the coin but also mesmerizing and gaining everyone's attention with its great history.
Lepakshi is filled with Hindu shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Veerabhadra. This land is attached with great history which we EeYuva are here to share with you all... Have a look!
As we all know that, Lord Shiva married Sati who is the daughter of King Daksha. Sati was a pure devotee of Lord Shiva. Sati and Lord Shiva married against the wish of King Daksha. Once King Daksha held a special yagna and invited everyone except Lord Shiva.
Goddesses Sati felt deeply hurt, humiliated and insulted with the behaviour of her father. With extreme anger, she jumped into the fire of yagna and killed herself. Knowing the fact, the very furious Lord Shiva untied his lock of matted hair and threw it onto the ground. Out of the lock of hair, the demon God Veerabhadra and Goddess Kali were born.
So, thus formed the god 'Veerabhadra' who was admired as the God of Warrior by the kings during wars. And, the shrine to this demon god was built by the brothers Virupana and Veeranna who were in the service of Vijayanagar Kings.
Exclusive About The Temple…
Lepakshi Temple is dedicated mainly to the cult god Veerabhadra. There are about 70 pillars in this temple which are rich in architecture and built in Vijayanagara style. Lepakshi temple was built on a hill named Kurmasailam which is called tortoise hill. One of the 70 pillars of this temple is called as Aakaasa Sthamba which is called as Hanging Pillar. It is said that, this pillar doesn't rest on the ground.
The main attraction of this temple is the giant Nandi which is placed at the entrance of the shrine. This Nandi is 27 ft in length and 15 ft in height. Lepakshi Nandi is notably India's biggest monolithic statue of Nandi. This temple also has the idols of Shiva, Bhadrakali, Vishnu and Lakshmi. There is also a huge Nagalinga observed inside the temple.
One more attracting factor that is observed in this temple is the footprints of Goddesses Sita which were obtained during the battle between Jatayu(bird) and demon king Ravana.
The main temple is divided into three parts, they are: Mukha Mantapa or Natya Mantapa or Ranga Mantapa, Arda Mantapa and the Garbhagriha. There are many paintings inscribed on the walls which depict Hindu mythology. The wall and ceiling carvings and paintings in this temple are seriously mind-blowing.
Celebrations At Lepakshi…
There is a ritual festival which is celebrated in Lepakshi that happens in the month of February. During Mahashivaratri this temple is packed with millions of pilgrims.
Where To Locate Lepakshi Temple???
Lepakshi Temple is located in Lepakshi, Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh.
How To Reach???
Lepakshi is easily accessible from Hindupur Railway Station. To go through road there are various buses from Hindupur which accommodate you to Lepakshi. The nearest Airport is Sri Sathya Sai Airport, Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh.
So, this is all about the complete picture of Lepakshi Temple. All the sacred devotees of Lord Shiva and architecture lovers head to this location to feel the devotion and extraordinary artistry of the temple.
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