Lepakshi Temple

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Lepakshi Temple It is the most important place in the Anantapur District from the historical and archaeological point of view. The Skandhapuranam refers to Lepakshi as one of the 108 Saiva temples in India . Sri Virupanna, who worked as a Treasury Officer of Penukonda Fort of Vijayanagara Empire, took up the construction of the Lord Veerabhadhra Temple at Lepakshi in the 16th-century. One can find the late Vijayanagara style of architecture in the vestiges of Lepakshi.
Built in 1530 AD, it is famous for a huge 100-pillared dance hall, adorned with exquisite sculptures. One can see a life-size granite sculpture of Veerabhadra, a giant monolith of Nandi as well as carvings of Naga linga, flying Gandharvas, Ganesha etc. Special pujas are conducted every Monday. The 10-day Asvayuja Masam Festival celebrated in February is when devotees from far and wide join the celebrations. From the centre of the mantapa emerges a dome, twenty-one feet high, like a great lotus of heaven. In this huge mandapa, the ceiling is divided into different panels by beams that are painted with some of the most exquisite murals of the Deccan.
Lepakshi is situated at a distance of 110 km from Ananthapur. Lepakshi is well connected by road with frequent bus and private transport facilities from Hindupur at the distance of 15 KM. The nearest railhead is at Hindupur.
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