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Lepakshi – The Temple Village


Lepakshi, a charming hamlet situated in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, is part of the Anantpur District. It is about 120 km from Bangalore in Karnataka and 15 km from the town of Hindpur. Although small, the hamlet has a lot of historical and religious significance for the locals.

The place is famous in south India for three temples that are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Virabhadra. Another famous attraction of the place is a small hillock that is shaped like the back of a tortoise. This hill has been named the Kurma Saila and located on the hill are temples of Srirama, Raghunatha, Veerbhadra, Papanatheswara and goddess Durga.

The temples are examples of the exquisite craftsmanship displayed by the Vishwakarma Brahmins who were the sculptors employed for carving out the hard walls of the temples. Many people believe that even the famous Vishwakarma sculptor Amarashilpi Janakachari helped prepare the design and layout of the temples.

In fact, famous sculptors of the time, including Kakoju and Moroju, helped prepare the carvings on the temple walls. On the walls of these temples are depicted various scenes from Hindu mythological books like Ramayana and Mahabharata. Interestingly, the carvings on the walls of the temples also inspire the designs on the famous Lepakshi sarees!

The temples of the region are famous for various specialties including a hanging pillar, a rock chain, Durga Paadam, Vastu Purush, a racing lady and many more. The roofs of the temples are adorned with beautiful paintings that were prepared using natural colours.

Tourist Places In And Around Lepakshi

The chief attraction of the place is the Veerabhadra temple, Lepakshi dedicated to Lord Veerbhadra which draws devotees from all over South India.

Lepakshi Weather

The weather in Lepakshi remains pleasant for the most part of the year, except for in summers when it can become exceedingly hot.

How To Reach Lepakshi

The best mode of transportation to reach Lepakshi is road since there is no airport or railway station in the town.

A town of architecture and hues, Lepakshi invites backpackers to experience and explore. 

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How to Reach Lepakshi

  • By Road
    Lepakshi is easily accessible via National Highway No. 7 if you are coming from Bangalore. The village is 15 km from the town of Anantpur and about 476 km from Hyderabad. The state runs several buses at regular intervals to Lepakshi from the nearby towns and cities. There are also deluxe buses available from Hyderabad and Bangalore that take you to Lepakshi.
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  • By Train
    There is no railway station at Lepakshi. One has to take a train going to Anantpur to reach Lepakshi. The railway station at Anantpur is connected to the rest of the country via a strong network of trains. Trains from Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Delhi pass through the town of Anantpur. You can take a taxi, or a bus to reach Lepakshi from Anantpur railway station.
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  • By Air
    The airport nearest to Lepakshi is at Hyderabad. The airport at Hyderabad is both domestic as well as international. It receives flights from major cities and towns of the country as well as from the world over. You can take a private cab from the airport to reach Lepakshi or take a train from Hyderabad Central to reach the town nearest to Lepakshi.
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