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The Veerabhadra temple at Lepakshi in Andhra Pradesh is quite famous for the hanging pillar, attracting hundreds of tourists round the year. The 16th century Vijayanagara monument enshrines Lord Shiva as Veerabhadra Swamy, in a self manifested linga (Swayambhu). Apart from this religiously significant linga, one can see India’s biggest monolithic Nandi statue situated only a few hundred metres away from the main temple. Once you enter the temple premises, ensure that you tilt your head up to look at the well preserved frescoes on the temple ceilings based on Ramayana and Mahabharata that charm the devotees till date. The temple is carved out of a low altitude, tortoise-shaped hillock, Kurma Saila. The temple wright Virupanna was convicted a victim of envy from king’s courtiers and lost his eyes, disheartened from an ordered punishment.
How to Reach
The most comfortable way to reach Lepakshi from Bengaluru is by booking a cab. You can also take a bus from Bengaluru to Hindupur. From Hindupur you can easily board another bus to reach Lepakshi. Well connected through the main city via all means of transport.
Best time to visit
Timings: 5 AM to 12:30 PM and 4 PM to 8:30 PM.
The darshan for the devotees is open all days a week. Timings are subjected to change during festivals, important rituals and during Grahan (solar and lunar eclipse).
Hotels near Lepakshi Temple – There is no Temple Guest house available.
But there are some good nearby hotels where people could stay and AP Tourism Hotel is there near Nandi. Hindupur is the nearest place where there are number of good hotels are available to stay.
The nearest railway station to Lepakshi is Hindpur Railway Station which is 14 km away from it. From here you can easily take a cab or a bus and head towards your destination. Nearest airport to Lepakshi is the Banglore International airport which is 100 km away from it.
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Featured Historical & Mythological Stories
Blood Stains on the Temple ...
As the legend goes, Virupanna, the treasurer who built this temple, once dreamt of Lord Shiva.
Lepakshi Got Its Name From ...
When Sita was abducted by Ravana in his flying chariot, he was stopped by the brave bird Jatayu.
How Was Arjuna Blessed to ...
Great warrior, Arjuna, was considered to be gifted with a peculiar mole on his body.