Lepakshi – “Rise, Bird”

I will restrict myself to minimum writing in this blog and allow the pictures to do the talking. I was fresh from the Melukote ride and wanted to do a similar ‘one-day’ ride. Aliza was asking for more and the weather continued its good run in Namma Bengaluru. My colleague and dear friend, Dileepa aka Preamble Dileepa (Rameshwaram) suggested me to visit Lepakshi. Lepakshi is a small village located in Ananthpur district of neighboring state Andhra Pradesh. Lepakshi is a historical place with wonderful and neatly maintained monuments. I was awe-struck by the neatness in the premises of the temple. The structures are true indicators and symbol of the fine craftsmen and artisans that our country once enjoyed. Its home for three famous gods of Hindu culture – namely Shiva, Vishnu & Veerabhadra. The structures belong to mighty and revered Vijayanagara kingdom. Some of the standout marvels you get to see is the huge Nandi bull made of a single piece of granite. Then there is the gigantic Naga-Nagalinga which is perched silently and stares the entire village. And lastly, my favorite – Kalyan Mantapa. Lepakshi also has connection with Ramayan, the great Indian mythological story of Lord Ram’s fight with the evil Ravana to save his wife Sita. It is believed that when Ram along with Hanuman, met the dying Jatayu, they helped him attain peace by saying the words “Le Pakshi,” which in Telugu means “Rise, bird”. And that is how the name, Lepakshi was coined for this place. Lepakshi is around 120 km from Bengaluru and it can easily be covered in 2 hours. The road to Lepakshi via Bangalore-Ananthpur highway is excellent with NO potholes! As you exit Yelahanka and head towards Bengaluru International Airport the road leads to Chikkaballapur and Bagepalli. At Kodikonda as you reach the check post, one has to take a left to reach Lepakshi. The stretch from there is very scenic and a perfect village side road. On the right you will find the monolithic Nandi which serves as a landmark and you have to pull over to the left to enter the temple. The walk around the temple premises can take anywhere between 30 – 45 minutes. After the visit I headed back straight to Bengaluru and on my way back it started to drizzle. It was a perfect day for the ride and by the time I reached home Aliza had dried completely, clocking 300 kms…  

Aliza basking in the sunshine
Aliza basking in the sunshine
Bangalore-Ananthpur Highway
Bangalore-Ananthpur Highway

Lord Ganesha
Lord Ganesha
Naga-Nagalinga
Naga-Nagalinga
Kalyan Mantapa
Kalyan Mantapa

 

Posing for the Pic...
Posing for the Pic…
Nandi
Nandi

    Info: Roads – Excellent Food – Many outlets on the way Best time to visit – Anytime of the year Distance from Bengaluru – 120 KM Route – Yelahanka – BIAL – Chikkaballapur – Kodikonda (LEFT) – Lepakshi   PS: All the pics were taken from my IPhone without any editing..

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