In love with Lepakshi :)

The last weekend, we visited Lepakshi – a small village in Ananthapur, Andhra Pradesh, and were awed by the temples there. It is a really small village – a giant Shiva Linga and Nandi, and a temple of Veerabhadra being the major tourist attractions. I learnt that the Lepakshi temple is an example of the Vijayanagar style of architecture.

This is the huge Nandi (called Basavanna) at Lepakshi, which faces the big Shiva Linga. The Shiva Linga was earlier visibleΒ as you stood at the spot where the Nandi is placed, till buildings and shops came up and obstructed the view.

The Nandi really is a wonderful specimen of craftsmanship, with beautiful bells and Rudraksha beads around its neck. Truly a sight worth seeing!

The guide we hired here told us that the stains below the mouth of the Nandi are the result of the villagers’ tradition of feeding butter or ghee to the idol . Years ago, it was believed by the villagers of Lepakshi that if any of their animals were sick, they would get well if the owners promised to feed the Nandi butter or ghee made out of the first milk drawn from the animal after it gets well. This practice has been stopped now.

This is the entrance to the Veerabhadra temple, which is about a 5-minute walk from the Nandi. Aren’t the carvings enchanting? They took my breath away, and I didn’t want to get out of the place.

This is a passage within the temple. The corridor looked so serene and beautiful that I could hardly resist clicking a picture of it.

There are beautiful carvings on the pillars of this temple – some of them really mystical. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a guide at this place, and so, could not figure out the meanings of most of the carvings and the history of the place.

The mystery of this ‘big foot’ behind the temple also remained unsolved. 😦

This is the Shiva Linga in the temple, which faces the Nandi. I absolutely adored it.

This is a view of the back side of the temple. Gorgeous, innit?

These are different views of the pillars of the huge dancing hall of the temple which is, sadly, in shambles. Each pillar has a different engraving on it and a different story, I believe.

I don’t know what this mythological figure is called, but I was fascinated by it. These figures are all over the periphery of the temple, and seem to be ‘carrying’ the temple.

Lepakshi really is a must-visit and must-experience place, one that will fill you with peace and contentment. Specially for people who love mythology and are interested in ancient cultures and their architecture. It is rather sad that the temple is slowly crumbling. I hope some steps are taken to restore this beautiful heritage site. I am also interested in finding out more about the history of this beautiful place.

Camera Courtesy: Sis πŸ™‚

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27 responses to “In love with Lepakshi :)

  1. nice pictures. The temple looks stunning.

  2. priyaiyer

    @Kalyan

    Thanks! The temple is stunning. Do try to visit sometime. πŸ™‚

  3. Loveddd the Sivalinga.
    Very interesting info abt the stains. Hw I wish there ws a guide to explain everything too.
    Thank u so much for the wonderful journey πŸ™‚

    • priyaiyer

      @Swaram

      Most welcome. I love Shivalingas, and I just adored this one. πŸ™‚
      I wish, too! 😦
      Have you been to this place?

  4. Wow! Lovely post with awesome pics πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • priyaiyer

      @Priya

      Hey! You’re welcome. Glad you liked the post. πŸ™‚
      Do plan a visit to Lepakshi some time, if you haven’t been there already.

  5. Lovely pics…It looks like you guys like to travel. When I come to India, I need to get in touch with you for recommendations πŸ˜€

    • priyaiyer

      @Tanu

      Yes, we do love exploring places whenever possible. πŸ™‚
      Thanks! Have not travelled all that much, but yes, we can help you out at least in some respects.

  6. Princess

    nice photographs

  7. Beautiful! I just love the pictures. I have never heard of Lepakshi, but I am very intrigued by this. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • priyaiyer

      @Aparna

      Hey! Long time!! How have you been doing?
      Thank you!! πŸ™‚

      • Doing good. I have been reading all your posts πŸ™‚ Not commenting though.

      • Not sure whether this comment got posted earlier. There was some error with wordpress. The sculpture that you had mentioned as appearing to be carrying the temple are indeed called load-bearers of the temple. You can see them in the gopurams of most of the temples.

    • priyaiyer

      @Aparna

      Hey, that’s good to know! πŸ™‚
      No, the comment didn’t get posted earlier. Interesting!! I haven’t noticed a gopuram with this much interest before, probably. πŸ™‚

  8. Lepakshi is stunning! How interesting about the ghee. πŸ™‚

  9. Ava

    Breathtakingly beautiful. Makes you yearn for those serene times when people had time to indulge in such arts.

  10. I would love to visit this place some time. Absolutely stunning pictures.

  11. Anu

    Stunning architecture, and goes without saying….beautifully captured! I’m so fascinated to know about ancient architectures and their history! Have added this place in my list of places to visit!

    • priyaiyer

      @Anu

      Thank you!! It means a lot, coming from a stunning photographer like you. πŸ™‚
      Bet you would love this place. You SHOULD visit it sometime..

    • priyaiyer

      @Anu

      Hee hee. You sound like a noothu kazhavi when you say that. πŸ˜›
      just kidding…
      you deserve every bit of the compliment, lady. i love your photographs. πŸ™‚

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