Veerabhadra Temple, Lepakshi
Andhra Pradesh , Anantapur
The Veerabhadra temple is in Lepakshi in the Anantapur district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.The temple has been built on the southern side of Lepakshi town, on a low altitude hillock of a large exposure of granite rock, which is in the shape of a tortoise, and hence known as Kurma Saila.
According to the legends, when Ravana abducted Sita, the King of the eagles Jataayu fought with him. Ravana smashed him with his sword and Jataayu fell. The place where Jataayu fell, is the place where the Veerbhadra temple has been built.
Veerabhadra Temple is built in Vijayanagara style of architecture. The main temple is laid out in three parts: the assembly hall known as the Mukha mantapa or Natya mantapa or Ranga mantapa; arda mantapa or antarala (ante chamber); and the garbhagriha or the sanctum sanctorum. The temple has carvings and paintings at almost every exposed surface of the temple. There is a very large Nandi (bull), mount of Shiva, about 200 metres (660 ft) away from...View more
the temple. Carved from a single block of stone, it is said to be one of the largest of its type in the world. The presiding deity deified in the sanctum sanctorum is a near life-size image of Veerabhadra, fully armed and decorated with skulls. There is huge boulder of granite stone, within the temple precincts, to its eastern side, which has carving of coiled multi-hooded serpent providing an umbrella cover.Picture Courtesy : commons.wikimedia.org
Timings : The temple is open from 5:00 AM to 12:30 PM and from 4:00 PM to 8:30 PM.
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative clothes.
Veerabhadra Temple, Lepakshi Temple Rd, Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh 515331
The nearest airport to Lepakshi Veerabhadra Temple is Sri Sathya Sai Airport. Lepakshi is well connected by roads. Buses and taxi services are easily accesible.
In Lepakshi Veerabhadra Temple, the first pooja is dedicated to the shivalinga and then to Lord Veerabhadra.
Devotees perform Abhishek to Lord and mother and offer vastras. They also offer sarkarai pongal nivedhana, a sweet pudding.
Devotees are offered Sadari blessing with the lotus feet of the Lord. The prasad in the temple is Betel leaf.