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Veerabhadra temple in Lepakshi

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Source: India Today

 Context: The Prime Minister visited the Veerabhadra temple in Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh, during his 11-day special ritual for the consecration of Lord Ram’s idol at the Ayodhya Ram temple.

  • Lepakshi holds significance in the Ramayana, and its name, meaning ‘Rise, oh bird’ in Telugu, is a tribute to Jatayu, the mythical bird who fought Ravan.
  • According to the Ramayana, Jatayu fell wounded in Lepakshi after battling Ravan, and it is here that he informed Lord Ram about Sita’s kidnapping.
  • The temple is believed to have preserved the footprints of Goddess Sita.



About Lepakshi Temple:

The Veerabhadra Temple, also known as the Lepakshi Temple, is located in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.

The temple was built in 1533 by the Vijayanagara rulers. It is known for its architecture, which includes hanging pillars and cave chambers.

 The temple is dedicated to Virabhadra, a fierce incarnation of Lord Shiva. The temple’s architectural features are in the Vijayanagara style, with carvings and paintings on almost every exposed surface.

The main shrine is of Lord Shiva, and there are also shrines to Ganesha and Durga.