Lepakshi: One Day Trip

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A nice place to spend a day immersed in history, mythology, and temple architecture. We have been to Lepakshi, a couple of times, as it’s a quick 3 drive (one way) from Bangalore. Nearest point via bus is Hindupur, from where you can take an auto or taxi to Lepakshi.

A hanging pillar (architectural miracle and mystery), footprints of goddess Sita, a cave where Agastya rishi is said to have meditated, a beautiful idol of lord Veerbhadra in the sanctum, and many other tales are there in this Ancient temple. Hire a local guide and read a bit about the sculptures and frescoes before heading out to this temple for a more enriching experience.

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Before you reach the temple, on the main road in Lapakshi, is the Nandi, a huge monolithic sculpture of Shiva’s bull.

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Lotus pond at the Nandi statue complex

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The colossal Nagalinga statue is the largest Monolithic Naglinga in India. According to the legends, the sculptors, while waiting for their lunch to be served, created this statue. They did it within an hour!

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Photo of Lepakshi Nandi, Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of Lepakshi Nandi, Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of Lepakshi Nandi, Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of Lepakshi Nandi, Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of Lepakshi Nandi, Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of Lepakshi Nandi, Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of Lepakshi Nandi, Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of Lepakshi Nandi, Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of Lepakshi Nandi, Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of Lepakshi Nandi, Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of Lepakshi Nandi, Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel
Photo of Lepakshi Nandi, Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh, India by LonelyCanopy_Art&Travel

The pillars and ceiling of Lepakshi temple has some gorgeous paintings done using vegetable dye many, many years ago. The colors are still vibrant and depictions from Ramayana have figures with speaking eyes. These timeless beauty and perfection of these paintings on stone left me spellbound.

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Originally published at http://lensdynamic.blogspot.in/2017/07/lepakshi-again-history-that-lives-on.html

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