Veerabhadra temple, Lepakshi

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Veerabhadra Temple is situated in the village of Lepakshi and is easily accessible via the Anantapur that lies only 15 km from the village. The temple is very famous in south India and devotees from all over the country visit the temple in large numbers every year. The presiding deity at the temple is Lord Veerbhadra. Veerabhadra Temple was built during the 16th century by the kings of Vijayanagra Empire. The style of architecture of the temple is in keeping with the style employed by the artisans and sculptors of Vijayanagra Empire.

The artwork at the temple is a supreme example of the excellent craftsmanship of the Vishwakarma Brahmins who were instrumental in designing the layout of the temple. The temple defines magnificence with majestic sculptors and intricately carved mandapams. One mandapam at the temple particularly stands out with life-size dancers and musicians sculpted on the pillar. There is a huge statue of the Nandi bull carved out from one giant stone. The temple is a marvel in itself, and it is little wonder that it attracts so many tourists year after year.


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