Monday, March 25, 2013

Lepakshi Veerabhadra Temple

Lepkashi is a small village located 120KM from Bangalore on the NH7,  this village has the famous Veerabhadra temple built by Vijayanagara kings Viranna and Virupanna 500years ago.   Temple is built on a tortoise shaped hillcock,  main sanctum also has Shiva and Vishnu.

This week my whole gang was ready to explore the lepakshi temple,  myself, arun, thiyagi and sathish left indiranagar around 6AM towards Airport,  right after the devannalli the road became almost empty and scenic is very different from bangalore or any place down south, it was full of rocky mountains and very sparsely populated.   We throttled our speed and was driving on full speed.  Lepakshi is about 70km after devanalli, in no time we have reached the Karnataka-Andra border,  Immediate left after the RTO takes us to the village.  That was my first travel to Andra Pradesh.

Temple is in the middle of the village and there is also a complex with huge rock cut nandhi at the entrance of village.  Temple complex is very huge and surrounded by a small lawn.  Main attraction of the temple is Natya Mandapam (dance hall ) with most finely carved 70 pillars, each pillars has fine sculptures of Siva dance forms, Nandhi, Bhrama, Ramba.  Behind the main sanctum, there is one Kalyana Mandapam (marriage hall),  roof is not completed but the pillar are in place with good carvings.

Lord Shiva in Natraja pose in the Natya Mandapam ( Dance Hall )
Natya Mandapam (Dance hall) 180deg Panoramic

Kalyana Mandapam (Marriage hall) 360 Panoramic
Kalyana Mandapam (Marriage Hall) side view

One of the pillars in Marriage hall

Rockcut Nandhi at the village entrance

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Bhoga Nandeeshwara & Arunachaleswara twin Temple

 Myself and +Arun Kumar Chandarasekaran  visited this 12 centuries old temple on 9th March. We have been to nandhi hills many times but never noticed such a marvelous temple until recently.  Nandhi hills is very famous among bangalore riders, it is around 60 km from bangalore, good for one day drive, it offer fantastic sun rise view from hill top.  I've heard about this temple many times but never went to this temple during our nandhi hills drives.   It is located in the foothills,  5km away from the T junction,  were left road leads to nandhi hills top and right takes to nandhi village. 

The Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple is a magnificent example of Dravidian Architecture. It is a 1200 years old temple that bears the architectural stamps of around five different dynasties that ruled here. Believed to have been originally constructed by the Bana Queen Ratnavali, this temple was added to and extended by the Ganga dynasty, Cholas, Hoysalas, Pallavas and finally the Vijayanagara kings. This temple even has a statue of the Chola King Rajendra.

Following are the few snaps from the temple.

Nandhi in front of Arunachaleshwara

Finest Pillars Near main sanctum along with Stone carved umbrella

Towers of Bhoga Nandheeshwara & Arunachaleshwara

Kalyana Mandapam ( Marriage Stage)

Corridor around the temple tank - Panoramic

Shiva's modes of travel are getting decorated for shivarathri

Nandi hills in the backdrop at Bogha Nandeeshwara Temple Tank

Tank at the Lawn

6 foot stone wheels for the chariot