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Episode 5: Lepakshi, Nandi Statue and Jataayu Theme Park (Andhra Pradesh)

Lepakshi is a historically significant village in the Anantapur District of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, not in Karnataka. It is renowned for its cultural, archaeological, and architectural significance, particularly due to the presence of the Veerabhadra Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple complex is famous for its intricate carvings, including the famous hanging pillar, a remarkable engineering marvel. Lepakshi is a popular destination for tourists interested in exploring the rich cultural heritage of South India.

In this episode of exploring places in and around Bengaluru, I will share my experience of travelling to Lepakshi.

Places to be covered in a day:
Lepakshi Temple is also known as the Veerabhadra Temple where you can find a stunning sculpture of a monolithic Nandi (bull), along with the famed hanging pillar and the intricately carved pillars. The temple is renowned for its architectural brilliance and its association with various legends from Hindu mythology. The place holds historical and cultural significance and is a major attraction for tourists and history enthusiasts. Just a few meters before this temple is a well-known Jataayu Theme Park that holds a huge statue of an eagle.

According to legend, Lepakshi is believed to be the site where Jatayu, wounded by Ravana during Sita’s abduction, fell. Rama is said to have instructed the bird to rise (“Le Pakshi”), leading to the naming of the place. In Lepakshi, there is a massive statue of Nandi, Shiva’s bull, which is considered the largest monolithic Nandi sculpture in India.

Other important details:

  • It took us almost 2 hours from Bangalore to reach Jataayu Theme Park and overall 2 hours to explore these three points.
  • There are not many eateries around the temple but there’s one Andhra-based restaurant. Since it was crowded, we decided to halt elsewhere.
  • There’s no ticket for the temple and the Nandi but there’s a small fee for the park.
  • Parking space is available.
  • There are monkeys (many many) in the theme park, so avoid carrying alluring stuff!
  • Choose a nice day when the breezy weather plays right and helps you explore efficiently.

That’s all, folks!
Till the next time, happy travels!

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