Lepakshi Temple is very important historically and archaeologically. There are three shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Virabhadra. The famous Veerabhadra temple, dedicated to Veerabhadra, is located here. 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.
The Wonderful Architecture of Lepakshi Temple
There is a wonderful Hanging Pillar inside the Lepakshi temple. Amazing factor of this pillar is, it does not rest on the ground fully. Beneath the pillar, one can pass a news paper across the pillar, which is an architectural marvel.
Besides the Hanging Pillar, another draw is the spectacular Nandi, located almost a mile before the main temple, the first structure you will encounter. At 27ft in length and 15ft in height, it is a colossal structure, reputedly India’s biggest monolithic Nandi. Besides the record size, the perfectly proportioned body, finely-carved ornaments, and smooth contours add to its grandeur and make it a popular photo-op with visitors.
Wonderful Hanging Pillar which does not rest on the ground fully
There are three shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Virabhadra
India’s biggest monolithic Nandi with the perfectly proportioned body and finely-carved ornaments
Carvings of Naga linga, flying Gandharvas, Ganesha etc.
Ajanta kind of paintings on the Mandapa ceiling
Sita paadam - Foot print of godess Sita
Natya Mantapa with unfinished architecture
Virupanna bleeding eyes on the wall of a shrine
A perfect shaped girl and boy sculpture on couple of the pillars
Address of Lepakshi Temple
Lepakshi Temple is located near Hindupur town in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh state, India - 515331
How to Reach
Lepakshi is located 16 km west from Kodikonda village, which on NH-3. 13 km near to Hindupur town.
Distance From: Bangalore - 120 km, Anantapur - 124 km, Hindupur - 13 km
Nearest Airport: Bangalore
Nearest Railway Station: Hindupur
Nearest Bus Station: Hindupur
Transport: Hindupur is well connected with bus and railways. take local transport to Lepakshi from Hindupur. For private vehicles reach Kodikonda checkpost on Nh3 from Hyderabad or Bengaluru. Drive 16 km west in Lepakshi - Hindupur road to reach Lepakshi.
Where to Stay
Andhra Pradesh Tourism's Haritha hotel at Lepakshi is the prefered hotel. Hindupur town is another choice for budget hotels.
Best Season & Time to Visit
Avoid summer season because of hot and humid weather.
Things to Take Care
People have to visit and look around this Hindu temple with bare foot. So plan to visit in the morning before rocky platform of the temple gets heated up.