Lepakshi is a small village located 14 km east of Hindupur in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the vital ancient sites in Andhra Pradesh featuring the heritage of the Vijayanagara Dynasty.
Lepakshi was established in the 16th century amid the rule of the Vijayanagara king, Aliya Rama Raya. Virupanna, the regal treasurer was blamed for taking funds without the ruler’s consent from the state treasury to fabricate the Veerabhadra shrine at Lepakshi. Because of that, he blinded himself to avert the ruler’s penalty. Indeed, even today one can see two dark stains on the wall close to the Kalyana Mandapa, which are said to be the imprints made by his eyes. Subsequently, the village is called ‘Lepa-akshi’, implies a village of the blinded eye.
Lepakshi is the well-known center of some of the transcendent shrine architecture and paintings. This Place is also well known among tourists who are architectural and history lovers.
Attractions: Veerabhadra Swamy Temple, Kalyana Mandapa – Veerabhadra Temple ,Lepakshi Nandi.
Best Time to visit: October to March.
Peak Season: January & April to May.
How to Reach
- By Air: Nearest airport is Bangalore which provides a flight for the Domestic and International. It is is located at a distance of 101 km from here.
- By Rail: Nearest railway station is Hindupur which is 14 km away from here but this station is not very well connected. Anantapur railway station is major Railway station to reach here which very well connected to the major cities of India; which is located 124 km from Lepakshi. .
- By Road: To reach via road is a very convenient option because of Nation Highway No.7 pass through from here; in case you are coming from Bangalore. Tourist can take Delux buses and cabs to reach here from major cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad and also major cities of Andhra Pradesh as well. .
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