Veerabhadra Temple

Veerabhadra Temple, Lepakshi

Veerabhadra Temple
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JoyBose
Bengaluru, India342 contributions
A great Vijayanagar era temple to Lord Shiva
Sep 2021
This is an ancient temple from 1530s, built by Vijayanagara kings. The main shrine is of Lord Shiva, several other shrines such as Ganesha, Durga are there as well. The pillars are rihly carved, walls have carvings from daily life of that time. There is a hanging wall that does not touch the ground. There are murals on the roofs of the main temple.
Written September 12, 2021
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dpagrawal24
Jaipur, India259 contributions
Truly a Masterpeice
Mar 2021
This temple is indeed a masterpiece. It has awesome sculpture and wonderful statues. It keeps you mesmerized. The temple makes us proud of our ancient heritage.
Written March 15, 2021
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Nyayadhish
Bengaluru, India12 contributions
Beautiful Temple, Worth a visit
Nov 2019
Lepakshi is 3 hours drive from Bangalore. A Beautiful temple packed with ancient history and many many mythical stories hidden in the architecture.
One must read online or hire a guide once you are at the temple since there are many nuggets which you may miss easily if you just walk into the temple.
Few tips --
1) Go Earlier in the day since you will end up spending 3/4 hours at the temple.
2) There are no eating options nearby so plan accordingly.
3) Avoid hot days since the temple visit needs you to do a lot of walking bare foot.
4) Prefer driving, the road from Bangalore is beautiful.
Written March 3, 2020
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sumi
3 contributions
Great place to see in Lepakshi
Jan 2020 • Family
It was family trip and amazing to see old architect cum temple. Such a great stone work around temple. Some can easily spend 2-3 hour.
Written February 2, 2020
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Apoorv B
1 contribution
Very good experience
Dec 2019 • Family
Very good experience visiting the ancient temple
Road trip from Bangalore to the Lepakshi was smooth
We started at 7:30 am and we were back to home 3:30 pm
Some observations -

Entry from back side is smoother and have more parking
You should carry some food
Written January 18, 2020
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Bharat K
Jaipur, India686 contributions
Beautiful large temple premises & lots to see
Dec 2019
Built in the 16th Century A.D., this temple is all stone with the highlights being the FLOATING PILLAR which till date is a mystery as to how?

There are 3 entrances and one should go around the entire premises of the temple to really see and admire the grand statues and carvings.

The carvings may not be very finely done, but certainly they are beautiful and impressive. The paintings are marvelous and depict the times of the Vijayanagar Empire.

Parking is available at the foot of the temple itself.
Written January 9, 2020
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PrasadGovekar
Bengaluru, India31 contributions
Takes you back in time - Dont miss it !!!
Dec 2019
Lepakshi was on my list of places to see for a very long time.

The route was pretty simple, just go towards the Airport and cross Nandi Hills junction, after a point you get a left turn and just go straight till the Temple. The roads are really good, up until the temple. Ample parking space.

The Temple is really mind-blowing. The amount of details and the stories embedded in the whole temple is simply outstanding. I really wonder, who really had so much and patience to get into so many little details.
Every single stone is designed with and with a story behind it.

There is also a hanging pillar, where the base of the pillar doesn't touch the floor and one can pass a cloth through it.

It's worth spending your 2 hours looking into the details of the place and might be worthwhile to read about the place before visiting so that your experience is enhanced.

Food: There aren't really many places around for food. There is an AP Govt Haritha, though we didn't try anything there.
We had lunch at Nandi Upahar at the foot of Nandi Hills and also stopped there on our return journey. So we really didn't feel the need for food. It's better to carry your food items or fruits. Small shops cater to water and such needs.

Wonderful place for photography. Would suggest being there early in the morning for better pictures or late in the evening.

The Jatayu hill is close by and walkable. Though we didn't go there and kept it for the next time.

There are restrooms in the temple premises, but not very sure, how hygienic they were.
Written December 27, 2019
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Suresh Kumar
Bengaluru, India1,969 contributions
FIVE CENTURY OLD TEMPLE, WORTH AT LEAST 2 VISITS !
Oct 2019
Glorious picnic spot, under 3-hour lovely drive from Bangalore. Pit stop at “Swagath hotel” for a mediocre breakfast. They say, the temple was created by cutting up a Tortoise-shaped rocky hill. A treat to art-appreciating eyes ! There are 2 smaller temples enroute the biggest and grand “Veerabhadra temple” :-

Basavanna temple

The “Monolithic Nandi” enroute surrounded by a well groomed park, is brilliantly crafted with smooth curves, and fine carved ornaments.

Jatayu temple

We skipped this one due to a small rain. The rock to climb looked slippery !

Veerabhadra temple

Allow ample time to visit the temple. Truly a photographer`s delight. Here are some highlights about this temple :-

 The frescoes on the ceiling is immensely beautiful and really LARGE.
 The stone carvings are mind boggling.
 The “floating pillars”, about 70 of them are quite impressive.
 The architecture is amazing, and never-ending especially the “Naga-Linga and Ganesha”.
 The open-air unfinished auditorium is spectacular.
 An ageless tree inside the temple complex is very pretty.
 Beautiful arches, and a fascinating large footprint, that is always wet.
 Toliet and parking facilty.

There is a “Haritha hotel” to offer a basic “Thali vegetarian lunch”, and a “vegetable market” right outside. Refresh your-self with a “fresh squeezed sugarcane juice” from a Vendor, opposite the Hotel. Come back with happy memories, and a feeling, that you did not get enough time to really explore the temple in depth !!
Written December 14, 2019
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Travel with Annie
Bengaluru, India228 contributions
Beautiful serene place
Nov 2019 • Friends
A cool,calm and clean (till the time we people want to keep it)no so far from Bangalore.Good for people who are looking for a day trip.It has historical and mythological value,an UNESCO heritage site.This temple is an treasure of beautiful art and architecture.Read and gain knowledge about this place before you go and feel the thrill.Spend time,sit near the hanging pillars.A big sculpture of Jatayu is also there nearby which could be climbed and enjoy the view of the Lepakshi.
Written November 13, 2019
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Vaithee
Bengaluru, India9 contributions
Place of historic significance
Oct 2019
Old is gold. The shrines inside the temple are magnificent with mural paintings on the ceiling. A Must watch place.
Written November 12, 2019
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