Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh

You are in Bangalore on work, your work gets over much ahead of your planned time and you have a day to spare, what do you do? If you love traveling and love to soak in beauty of Indian sculptures then make yourself comfortable in the hotels of Bangalore, Lepakshi is one of the nearest destinations from Devanahalli International airport, Bangalore. LePakshi is 87kms from the airport and can be covered in 1hr 17mins. You can stay at any of the budget hotels in Bangalore and below is the route map to LePakshi from google maps.

The temples of Lepakshi are carved with mythological stories. If you are there ask the pujaris to guide you around. They tell you such interesting stories! It is believed that the three temples and all other structures were sculpted by two brothers Viranna and Virupanna. Ask the guides specifically for hanging pillar, Padmini rice lady, footprint of Sita (place where Sita of Ramayana is believed to have stepped), rock chain, red marks on the wall where the sculptor is believed to smashed his own eyes… many more.

I found the ‘naga (snake) lingam’ most amazing. A huge shiva lingam shaded by seven headed snake! I stood rooted at the spot at its sight! What imagination! The temple priest told us it is a monolithic structure. The story is: when sculptors returned home for lunch they saw their mother hadn’t prepared the lunch yet. So while waiting for the lunch to be prepared the two brothers sculpted this naga lingam. I am glad I made the trip to this place. You can see some more pics here.

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