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The temple tower over the main entrance is partially damaged. The inner walls are surrounded by a large mandapa all along with wonderfully carved pillars. The second enclosure immediately follows which is again adorned with a partially damaged temple tower.
The mukha-mandapa followed by the second entrance is the main attraction of the temple. The pillars in the mandapa are carved with breathtakingly beautiful life size images of several gods like Chaturmukha Bramha, Ananthasayana, Tumburu, Dattatreya, Narada and Rambha.
Unlike the pillars arranged in a row in other temples, the pillars in this temple are arranged in a circular fashion in front of the sanctum.
This arrangement has created four large semi-circular pillars that have some of the finest sculptures of the temple. The ceiling of the mukha-mandapa has beautiful mural paintings of scenes from mythology, especially of Shiva stories. There are eight panels, depicting Puranic legends on the ceiling.
The mural showing 14 avatars of Lord Shiva in ardha-mandapa is said to be Asia's largest, measures 23 x 13 ft. The color scheme consists of vegetable and mineral colors of yellow, ochre, black, blue and green blended with limewater; the background is generally painted in red color.
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There are about 35 large pillars in the mandapa and there is one most incredible pillar which is the hanging few inches above the floor. Legend 3 of Lepakshi Temple: It is said that during the British era, a British engineer tried to move it in an unsuccessful attempt to uncover the secret of its support.
However, upon moving the pillar, the whole structure of the temple started shaking due to the kind of balance with which the pillars are placed, you move one — you move all. The engineer was so petrified, he ran off for his life.
The hanging pillar of Lepakshi Wonder 3: The Shivling of Lepakshi Temple From near this pillar, you can step out in the courtyard of the temple. Now, you are in the backside of the main temple.
From here, walk towards the right, and take a turn at the end towards right once more. You will soon witness a huge Shivling. But the Shivling is also hooded under a multiface snake the naag. This is a unique Shivling. Shivling guarded by hooded snake Wonder 4: The incomplete Kalyan Mandapa of Lepakshi Temple After crossing the Shivling you will arrive at a structure that looks incomplete. It is a Kalyan Mandapa a marriage hall. Legend 4 of Lepakshi Temple: He immediately ordered the Kalyan Mandapa construction to be stopped.
And so it remains incomplete, till date. The incomplete Kalyan Mandapa of Lepakshi Wonder 5: And this strongly resembles an eye. You must be wondering how come an eyemark on the wall!! Legend 5 of Lepakshi Temple: It is believed that the King was so furious with the accountant on having constructed the Kalyan Mandapa that he inflicted a punishment on the accountant. The punishment was that his eye be popped out. And, that explains the eye mark on one of the walls.
I am not sure how true it is. But it does look barbaric. Almost as if someone stamped with strength on the floor.
This footprint is believed to be of Goddess Sita. You can see water from underneath constantly sipping and washing this foot. Although, the source of this water is unknown. And you can try to dry or wipe out the water, it slowly seeps back into place. Legend 6 of Lepakshi Temple: It is said that when Ravana was abducting Goddess Sita, and taking her to Sri Lanka, they stopped at this temple to rest for a while. That is believed to be the source of the footprint that is seen in the floor of the temple premises.
And last but not the least: As you step inside the temple, he will greet you with a charming smile.
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And the first thing he will ask you is which language you know. Whichever language be your preference — hindi, english, tamil, telugu, kannada, Malayalam — he will interact with you in that language. He will explain to you enthusiastically about the wonders of this temple and their legend.
And then he will leave you at your own to explore the place.
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No pressure of worshipping, no unnecessary bothering. And even if you are not there to offer your prayers, no problem. You will still be welcome. You can just visit the premises like a tourist at a historical site. Rest of the Lepakshi temple Apart from the special wonders and legends of the temple, there are many other interesting spots: The longVerandahs with infinite pillars, The chambers for meditation accessible through the Verandahs A small temple of Ganesha A leafless tree that is believed to be standing since ages And there are countless more.
In conclusion, it is a must visit in our opinion. We went to Lepakshi temple without knowing much about the legends and the wonders of the place. So, I guess we loved the place even more than usual. Also, we loved the fact that it was not at all crowded here. Overall, there were hardly one or two other souls visible here and there.
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Thus, giving us an experience of utter tranquility. You can take cab from tour operator. Other option is to take Buses plying from Bangalore to Hyderabad. You will need to get down near boarder check-post. However, be prepared to drive through fog and mist if you are starting early in the morning.
Other tips Try to reach as early in the morning as possible.