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Lepakshi


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Lepakshi is a small village located 15-km east of Hindupur in Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh. It is considered as the most important place in the district from the historical and archaeological point of view.

The famous Veerabhadra temple, dedicated to Veerabhadra, is the main attraction here. Built by the brothers Viranna and Virupanna, the temple is a notable example of the Vijayanagar architectural style. It is famous for its sculptures, which were created by the artisans of Vijayanagara empire.


There is a mention of the village in Skanda Purana as one of the 108 important Shaiva Kshetras. Kalyana Mandapam is a renowned site of the destination, which is also the origin of the name Lepakshi, meaning ‘village of the blinded eye'. Besides, the site is associated with a local legend, as per which, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were married at Kalyana Mandapam.

The village features three major historical shrines, which are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Veerabhadra. The shrine of Veerabhadra Temple is a fine illustration of the Vijayanagar style of architecture on the hillock, known as Kurma Saila. According to folklore, the temple is believed to be constructed by Saint Agastya. Nearby, there is a granite monolith of Nandi, which is believed to be the largest figurine of the deity.

 

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Lepakshi is a small village located 15-km east of Hindupur in Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh. It is considered as the most important place in the district from the historical and archaeological point of view.


  
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