Monday, September 25, 2017

Veerabhadra Temple, Lepakshi

The Veerabhadra Temple in Lepakshi has been built on a low altitude hillock of a large exposure of granite rock. This 16th century temple built by Virupanna Nayaka and Viranna, both Governors under the Vijayanagar Empire.



The architecture of the temple is that of Vijaynagar Style of that period. The main temple is laid out in three parts: the assembly hall, ante chamber and the sanctum. The assembly hall is a large sized open hall with a large space in its central part.



On the pillars and walls there are carvings of saints, guardians, musicians, dancers and 14 avatars of Shiva. Every pillar is of different style and shape. The open space in the middle part of the hall has large columns which have carvings of triple figures.



The temple also has a hanging pillar which is a medieval architectural wonder to witness. Out of the seventy pillars, this one pillar does not rest on the ground completely but hangs in the air, with enough space between its base and the ground to pass a sheet of paper through it.



On every corner of the temple one can find either carvings or paintings.

18 comments:

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Absolutely stunning - it is amazing the fabulous things that are in the world that I've never heard of - thank you for sharing this - I plan to read more about it. Your photos are sensational and the sculptures are magnificent.

Mary Cromer said...

Those carvings are so intricate and lovely~

Gillena Cox said...

WOW look at all that detail, ingenious. have a nice Monday Rajesh


much love...

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Superb pictures !

Fun60 said...

A wealth of magnificent carvings.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Intricate carvings and statues ... not much for ne art happening over here that long ago.

Lady Fi said...

Wow - so much history.

Jeevan said...

Very interesting and impressive pillar works! Worth visited temple and well captured

Christine said...

Wonderful to observe these ancient carvings!

joshidaniel.com said...

nice one :)

Al said...

So incredible - I'm always amazed at the stonework in these photos of yours.

Felicia said...

wow lots of lovely stone details.

zongrik said...

mysterious lookingentrance

teamgsquare said...

Lovely temple.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Wowza! The delicate, and intricate, carvings made out of that block of granite blows my mind.

Light and Voices said...

Lovely architecture and I like how you include the history behind the photographs.

Pat Tillett said...

The carvings are AMAZING! Your photos and narrative are very interesting. I'm very glad that I found your blog!

Angie said...

The talent responsible for the carvings is amazing. I am so glad these still exist for you to enjoy and pass on to the rest of us!