Lepakshi Veerabhadra Temple Ceiling Paintings

Why Is Lepakshi Veerabhadra Temple So Famous?

Veerabhadra Temple is a 16th century temple situated at Lepakshi, in Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh state, India. This temple at Lepakshi is famous for its sculptures, carvings and paintings. This temple is one among the divyakshetras (holy temples) for Lord Shiva devotees.
Veerabhadra Temple
Veerabhadra Temple.

The temple is constructed in Vijayanagara style of architecture. It is constructed in 1530 or 1540,during the reign of King Achutaraya of   Vijayanagar dynasty.  It was constructed by two brothers, Virupanna Nayaka and Viranna, who were governors under King Achutaraya.

Lepakshi Veerabhadra Temple Ceiling Paintings
Lepakshi Veerabhadra Temple Ceiling Paintings

Lepakshi Temple mural paintings includes scenes  from the great epics, Ramayana & Mahabharata and also from Puranas, depicting the Vijayanagara pictorial art in its full  grandeur. The fresco paintings inside the ante chamber is said to be largest such painting in Asia. These Lepakshi fresco paintings are well preserved.

Veerabhadra temple at Lepakshi has two enclosures. The outer  one has three gates; northern gate is the one which is normally used. The eastern inner gate takes you to the assembly hall, at the entrance to the sanctum sanctorum (sanctum sanctorum means innermost sacred place in Hindu temple). Sculptures and paintings adorn every inch of the hall and the ceiling. 14 avatars of Lord Shiva are depicted on the pillars here in this hall. Small statues of goddesses Ganga and goddesses Yamuna can be seen at the entrance to the sanctum sanctorum.

Carvings of Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu in Veerabhadra temple.Carvings of Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu in Veerabhadra temple.

Carved images of soldiers, horses, etc, can be seen on the exterior columns of this hall. Pictures of Goddesses Parvathi, Lord Shiva’s consort, flanked by female attendants can be seen on the southwest part of the hall. North eastern part of this hall has the paining showing Natesha with by Brahma and a drummer on each side.

There is a “hanging pillar“, an engineering wonder,  in this temple. One out of the total of seventy pillars hangs from the ceiling. You can pass thin objects like a sheet of paper or a piece under this pillar.

Veerabhadra temple at Lepakshi is classified as a Monument of National Importance, by the Archaeological Survey of India.

At around a 600 meters from this temple, there is a  colossal statue of Nandi, carved out of a single stone. It is one of the largest Nandi statues in the world.

How Do I Go to Veerabhadra Temple and the Nandi Statue at Lepakshi?

Veerabhadra Temple is situated on the  southern side of Lepakshi town, at around 600 meters from the city center.

Lepakshi Temple is at a distance of around 140 kilometers  from Bangalore. Lepakshi  Veerabhadra Temple is at around 35 kilometers from Penukonda Town, a nearby major town in Anantapur district. Hindupur is another nearby city.

12th Century Intricately Carved Brahma Temple at Goa

Brahma Temple is one of the oldest temples in Goa with an intricately carved 12th century Brahma idol as the main deity.

Brahma Temple or Brahma Karmali Temple as is known officially, has the deity of Lord Brahma, the supreme creator of the holy trinity as per Hindu belief. The deity belongs to 12th century, Kadamba Dynasty period. The Kadambas were good at art, architecture, etc. The deity Brahma is shown in the form of “Trimurti” (combination of three); Trinity of Lord Brahma the creator, Lord Vishnu the preserver and Lord Shiva the destroyer or transformer.

During the Portuguese invasion and subsequent rule of Goa around five centuries back, the idol was taken out of the original temple at Karmali alias Carambolim village in the island of Tiswadi. The idol was later installed at Sattari and then at Valpoi and finally at a small shrine at Nagargaon, on the banks of a stream in a dense forest.

Brahma temple is Goa’s most famous temple.

How Do I Go to Brahma Temple?

Brahma temple is located at the Nagargao village, at around 7 kilometers from Valpoi, the headquarters of the Sattari Taluk in Goa. The temple is at around 60 kilometers from Panaji, the capital of Goa state.

Goa is well connected by all modes of transport. There is an international airport and a major railway station at Goa. Goa is connected by roads to other parts of the country.

Chausath Yogini Temple

Chausath Yogini Temple is an ancient Lord Shiva temple believed to be constructed in 1323 AD, situated at Morena district in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. This temple is also known as Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple.

Chausath Yogini Temple
Chausath Yogini Temple alias Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple.

Chausath Yogini temple was built by the Kachchhapaghata king Devapala (1055-1075 CE). The temple has 64 chambers and an open mandapam (hall) in the center. The chambers and the hall are separated by a circular courtyard. 100 steps leads to the entrance of the temple. The central hall or shrine has slab coverings with perforations, so that rain water drains to a large underground storage area. the pipe lines from the roof top are also connected to this area.

Chausath Yogini Temple is situated on top of a small hill, which is around 100 feet in height.

Its believed that the Indian Parliament’s architecture is inspired from the Chausath Yogini Temple.

Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple is believed to be used for providing education in the fields of astrology and mathematics; based on the movement of Sun.

How Do I Go to Chausath Yogini Temple alias Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple?

The temple situated at Mitaoli village (also spelled as Mitawali or Mitavali) and is well connected by roads to other parts of the country. Morena railway station is the nearest railway station to Chausath Yogini Temple. The nearest airport, Gwalior airport, is at around 40 kilometers distance from this historic Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple..

Pushkar Camel Fair Near Pushkar Lake Known for Brahma Temple and Palaces

Pushkar is a pilgrim town at average elevation of 510 meters or 1,670 feet above sea level, in Ajmer district, Rajasthan, India. The town is considered as one among the 5 sacred dhams for a Hindu. (Hindi word dham means pilgrimage site)

Pushkar temple
Pushkar Lake.

Pushkar is believed to be one of the oldest existing cities of India. Legend is that the town’s creation is associated with Lord Brahma. The town lies on the shores of the famous Pushkar Lake.

It is believed that Pushkar Lake was formed by the tears of Lord Shiva. The legend is that when Goddess Sati died (the first consort of Lord Shiva), God Shiva cried so much that his tears created two ponds; Pushkar Lake and the Lake at Ketaksha (which literally means ‘raining eyes’) in nearby Pakistan.

Many Hindus believe that visiting Pushkara and taking a dip in the holy waters of the Lake is the last step to attain salvation; after visiting the other 4 holy pilgrim sites. Some Hindus believe that taking the dip here is equivalent to 100 years of meditation.

Camels at a watering point at Pushkar Camel Fair.
Famous Brahma temple at Pushkar.

There are many temples at this town. Many were damaged centuries back and some of these were restored. The most famous among such temples is the Brahma Temple built during the 14th century. Very few Lord Brahma temples exists in the world.

There are around 400 to 500 temples and more than 50 palaces around the lake. Still, the lake appears serene and calm.

How to I Go to the Pilgrimage Town of Pushkar?

Pushkar is located at around 14 kilometers north-west of Ajmer Town, head quarters of Ajmer District. Marwar bus stand to the north of Pushkar is well connected to major cities like Delhi, Jodhpur and Bikaner. Ajmer bus stand is the other major nearby bus stand, which is connected to almost all nearby cities and towns.

Budha Pushkar Halt railway station with station code BPKH, a small station with 2 platforms, is the nearest station to Pushkar town. Ajmer railway station is the nearest major railway station, where almost all trains stop.

The nearest airport, Sanganer Airport at Jaipur, is at around 145 kilometers from Pushkar.

Pushkar Camel Fair

Camels at a watering point at Pushkar Camel Fair
Camels at a watering point at Pushkar Camel Fair.

This town is also famous for its annual Camel fair, Pushkar Camel Fair, held in November. The annual trade fair which is also called as Pushkar Festival, is one of the largest livestock fairs (mainly camels) in the world.

Jalakandeswarar temple inside Vellore Fort in Tamilnadu

Jalakandeswarar Temple is a Vijaynagar period Lord Shiva temple situated inside the Vellore Fort in Tamil Nadu State, India.

Jalakandeswarar Temple , Vellore, Tamilnadu
Jalakandeswarar Temple , Vellore, Tamilnadu

Tamil Nadu state Government has taken over the administration of the Temple through a government order. The temple structure is maintained by Archaeological Survey of India.

It is believed that there was a giant ant-hill where temple’s sanctum now stands, surrounded by stagnant rain water. Shiva Lingam (lord Shiva idol) was placed in these waters around the ant-hill and people started working worshiping here. Vijayanagar chieftain, named Chinna Bommi Nayaka, who was controlling the Vellore fort that time, had a dream in which Lord Shiva asked him to construct a temple there. Chinna Bommi Nayaka proceeded with the temple construction and demolished the anthill in 1550 AD, The temple got its name as the Lord Shiva Lingam was surrounded by water (Jalam in Tamil). Jalakandeswarar when translated to English, means “Lord Siva residing in the water”. Sadasivadeva Maharaya (1540 – 1572 AD) was the Vijaynagar king that time. The temple is also having the idol of Sri Akhilandeshwari Amma; consort of Jalakandeswarar.

Architecture of the Jalakanteshwara Temple is that of Vijayanagaram Architecture. The temple is famous for its exquisite Gopuram (tower) carvings The stone pillars are richly carved. , the temple will make you spellbound with its sculptures and monoliths. The temple tower is having a height of more than 100 feet. The temple Hall (Mandapam) is built on carved stone pillars of horses , dragons and lion like creature known as yalis.

The temple is situated in a water tank. There is a 2 faced sculpture of a bull and an elephant. in the Kalyana Mantapam (wedding hall).

There is an earthen lamp, which revolves when some people puts their hands on it and is believed that their wishes have been granted. To get rid of ‘sarpa dosham’, devotees worship the snake sculptures and the golden and silver lizard sculptures.

How Do I Go to Jalakandeswarar temple near Vellore?

Vellore is well connected by road and rail network to the rest of the country. The nearest International airport is at Chennai. Jalakandeswarar temple is at around 3 kilometers distance from Kadpadi Junction Railway station, a major railway station in the state of Tamilnadu. Kadpadi Junction is the nearest railway station to Jalakandeswarar temple, at 7.1 kilometers distance.