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Lepākṣi literally means 'village of the blinded eye’.
 
Lepākṣi literally means 'village of the blinded eye’.
  
Lepākṣi is one of the 108 important Śivakṣetras<ref>Śivakṣetras means holy place dedicated to god Śiva.</ref> mentioned in the Skandapurāṇa. Its temple is said to have been established by the great sage Agastya himself.
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Lepākṣi is one of the 108 important Śivakṣetras<ref>Śivakṣetras means holy place dedicated to god [[Śiva]].</ref> mentioned in the Skandapurāṇa. Its temple is said to have been established by the great sage [[Agastya]] himself.
  
The present Lepākṣi is a small village which lies 14.5 km (9 miles) east of Hindupur in the Ananthapur district of Andhra Pradesh. The original temple might have been built in the 7th century CE.
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The present Lepākṣi is a small village which lies 14.5 km (9 miles) east of Hindupur in the Ananthapur district of [[Andhra]] Pradesh. The original temple might have been built in the 7th century CE.
  
 
==Vīrabhadra Temple==
 
==Vīrabhadra Temple==
Its famous temple of Vīrabhadra lies on a low rocky hill called Kurmaśilā because it is shaped like a kurma or tortoise. It was constructed by Virupaṇṇa<ref>He was the treasurer of Vijayanagara empire.</ref> during the 16th century. Since he constructed  the temple from the State funds without the permission of the king, he was punished by plucking out his eyes, which he did himself.
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Its famous temple of Vīrabhadra lies on a low rocky hill called Kurmaś[[ilā]] because it is shaped like a [[kurma]] or tortoise. It was constructed by Virupaṇṇa<ref>He was the treasurer of Vijayanagara empire.</ref> during the 16th century. Since he constructed  the temple from the State funds without the permission of the king, he was punished by plucking out his eyes, which he did himself.
  
 
===Temple Campus===
 
===Temple Campus===
The temple campus has four shrines dedicated to Vīrabhadra, the terrible deity who destroyed Dakṣa’s sacrifice. These four deities are:
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The temple campus has four shrines dedicated to Vīrabhadra, the terrible deity who destroyed [[Dakṣa]]’s sacrifice. These four [[deities]] are:
 
# Vīrabhadra  
 
# Vīrabhadra  
# Pāpanāśeśvara Śiva
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# Pāpanāśeśvara [[Śiva]]
# Śrī Rāma  
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# Śrī [[Rāma]]
 
# Durgā
 
# Durgā
  
 
There are very good sculptured idols of:
 
There are very good sculptured idols of:
* Anantaśayana (Viṣṇu)
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* Anantaśayana ([[Viṣṇu]])
* Dattātreya
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* [[Dattātreya]]
* Brahmā
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* [[Brahmā]]
 
* Sage Nārada
 
* Sage Nārada
 
* Rambhā (a celestial nymph)
 
* Rambhā (a celestial nymph)
 
* Virupaṇṇa (the builder)
 
* Virupaṇṇa (the builder)
  
The nāṭyamaṇdapa is decorated with exquisitely sculptured pillars having life size idols of musicians and dancers. The kalyaṇamaṇḍapa is unfinished. Bas-reliefs on the outer walls and mural paintings with vegetable dyes on the inner walls are very attractive. They depict stories from the epics and the purāṇas. There is a colossal of Nandi, said to be the largest in India at  a distance of 180 meters (600 ft.) to the east of the temple. It is carved out of a monolithic rock. It is 6 meters (20 ft.) in height and 9 meters (30 ft.) in length.
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The nāṭyamaṇdapa is decorated with exquisitely sculptured pillars having life size idols of musicians and dancers. The kalyaṇamaṇḍ[[apa]] is unfinished. Bas-reliefs on the outer walls and mural paintings with vegetable dyes on the inner walls are very attractive. They depict stories from the epics and the [[purāṇas]]. There is a colossal of [[Nandi]], said to be the largest in India at  a distance of 180 meters (600 ft.) to the east of the temple. It is carved out of a monolithic rock. It is 6 meters (20 ft.) in height and 9 meters (30 ft.) in length.
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
{{reflist}}
 
{{reflist}}
* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]
 
[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Latest revision as of 08:32, 17 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Lepaksi, LepAksi, Lepaaksi


Lepākṣi literally means 'village of the blinded eye’.

Lepākṣi is one of the 108 important Śivakṣetras[1] mentioned in the Skandapurāṇa. Its temple is said to have been established by the great sage Agastya himself.

The present Lepākṣi is a small village which lies 14.5 km (9 miles) east of Hindupur in the Ananthapur district of Andhra Pradesh. The original temple might have been built in the 7th century CE.

Vīrabhadra Temple

Its famous temple of Vīrabhadra lies on a low rocky hill called Kurmaśilā because it is shaped like a kurma or tortoise. It was constructed by Virupaṇṇa[2] during the 16th century. Since he constructed the temple from the State funds without the permission of the king, he was punished by plucking out his eyes, which he did himself.

Temple Campus

The temple campus has four shrines dedicated to Vīrabhadra, the terrible deity who destroyed Dakṣa’s sacrifice. These four deities are:

  1. Vīrabhadra
  2. Pāpanāśeśvara Śiva
  3. Śrī Rāma
  4. Durgā

There are very good sculptured idols of:

The nāṭyamaṇdapa is decorated with exquisitely sculptured pillars having life size idols of musicians and dancers. The kalyaṇamaṇḍapa is unfinished. Bas-reliefs on the outer walls and mural paintings with vegetable dyes on the inner walls are very attractive. They depict stories from the epics and the purāṇas. There is a colossal of Nandi, said to be the largest in India at a distance of 180 meters (600 ft.) to the east of the temple. It is carved out of a monolithic rock. It is 6 meters (20 ft.) in height and 9 meters (30 ft.) in length.

References

  1. Śivakṣetras means holy place dedicated to god Śiva.
  2. He was the treasurer of Vijayanagara empire.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore