Lepakshi is famous for Virabhadraswamy Temple and Monolithic Nandi. Temple is famous for its Mural paintings, sculptures and Hanging pillar.
Route from Bangalore: Hebbal- Yelahanka- Devanahalli- Chikballapur (bypass)- Bagepalli-Kodikonda toll booth- Then take left turn to Lepakshi(16KMs). Lepakshi -~130km from Bangalore.
You can include Nandi Hills and Nandi village visit also to your Lepakshi trip.
16th Century temple, Vijaynagar style of architecture, dedicated to Lord Virabhadra (lord Siva).
Lepakshi is known for its architecture and painting. This temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is among the most mysterious places in India, owing to its famous floating pillar.
There is a story about it — a British engineer who wanted to know how the temple was supported by the pillars tried to displace one of it, and it caused the movement of as many as 10 pillars around to maintain the balance.
The Mystery: Among the 70 pillars at the site, one is hanging in mid-air, that is, it exists without a support. People come to the temple and pass objects under the pillar, believing it’ll bring prosperity into their lives!
The Theory: People believe it’s just another of the many tricks the temple builders of the old were capable of.
According to mythology, When Sita was abducted by Ravana, the mythical bird Jatayu fought with Ravana at this spot. Jatayu’s wings were cut off by Ravana and he lay here, injured. When Rama found Jatayu, he said “le, pakshi” (meaning ‘Rise, bird’ in Telugu) and the bird rose. The name ‘Lepakshi’ was hence given to this area.
Virupanna, the royal treasurer, was accused of drawing funds without the king’s permission from the state treasury to build these shrines. However, he forestalled the enraged king’s punishment by blinding himself, and those maroon spots are said to be the marks left by his bleeding eyes!
As per one legend, Lepakshi got its name from ‘Lepa-akshi’ -a village of the blinded eye.
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