Welcome to Lepakshi


Look for the 9m-long monolithic Nandi – India’s largest – at the town’s entrance. From here, you can see the temple’s Naga-lingam (a phallic representation of Shiva) crowned with a seven-headed cobra. The temple is known for its unfinished Kalyana Mandapam (Marriage Hall), depicting the wedding of Parvati and Shiva, and its Natyamandapa (Dance Hall), with carvings of dancing gods. The temple’s most stunning features, though, are the Natyamandapa’s ceiling frescoes.


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$139 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Day Trip to Lepakshi from Bangalore

Depart from Brigade Gateway Campus in Bangalore aboard your chosen ride, leaving at 6:30am. After orientation, you’ll travel via Bellary Road, continuing past the Airport towards Lepakshi. Make a brief stop for breakfast before continuing for 2.5 hours between Bangalore and Lepakshi. Arrive in this ancient town and head to India’s largest “Nandi” Bull statue. Made from a single granite block, this statue stands 15 feet (4.5 meters) tall and 27 feet (8.2 meters) long. The statue is bejeweled with garlands, bell chain, earrings and other jewelry. Take a lunch break after the statue before heading to Virabhadra Temple. Explore this 16th century masterpiece of Vijaynagara-style of architecture. First in line is the section called “Mukha Mandapa,” which served as the main venue for local dances and other cultural activities. We then visit the Artha Mandapa where the King did his worship and where the “Garbha Griha” houses the deity. What follows is a unique wedding hall made from grey sandstone with 38 carved, monolithic, pillars. You’ll then get to look at the exquisite collection of paintings on the walls of the temple. The paintings of Lepakshi follow a unique style with elegant line-work set against an orange-red background. The rich textile patterns, detailed hairstyles of people and exquisite jewelry depicted in the paintings are sure to leave an impression. Your guide will also narrate some stories of the legends around the temple. One of the most interesting stories is about why the King ordered the eyes of Virupanna, the builder of this temple, to be plucked away. By 4pm, leave Lepakshi and begin the trip back to Bangalore. The tour ends when we return to Bangalore in the evening, returning to the original departure point.

$126 Cultural & Theme Tours

Day Excursion To Lepakshi From Bangalore With Lunch

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning for a 2.5 hour drive to Lepakshi. Stop for breakfast at a local restaurant en route.On reaching Lepakshi head off to see the largest statue of the Nandi bull in India. The 15 feet high statue is carved out of a single rock of granite. Considered to be the vehicle of the Hindu God Shiva, the Nandi bull is often found at the entrance of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.Next take lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit the Veerabhadra Temple. This temple has some beautiful sculptures adorning its walls. One of the most famous sculptures is that of a snake entwined around the lingam. A rock chain and a hanging pillar are also to be seen here. The ceiling of the temple is covered with paintings.After the visit to the temple, spend some time walking around the nearby sites that house the Mukha Mandapa - a venue for dances and other social activities - and the Artha Mandapa - the place of royal worship.At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Bangalore and dropped-off at your hotel.

$88 Cultural & Theme Tours

Day Excursion To Lepakshi From Bangalore

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning for a two and a half hour drive to Lepakshi. Stop for breakfast at a local restaurant en route.On reaching Lepakshi head off to see the largest statue of the Nandi bull in India. The 15 feet high statue is carved out of a single rock of granite. Considered to be the vehicle of the Hindu God Shiva, the Nandi bull is often found at the entrance of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.Next take lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit the Veerabhadra Temple. This temple has some beautiful sculptures adorning its walls. One of the most famous sculptures is that of a snake entwined around the lingam. A rock chain and a hanging pillar are also to be seen here. The ceiling of the temple is covered with paintings.After the visit to the temple, spend some time walking around the nearby sites that house the Mukha Mandapa - a venue for dances and other social activities - and the Artha Mandapa - the place of royal worship.At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Bangalore and dropped-off at your hotel.

$70 Day Trips & Excursions

Tour to LEPAKSHI, Hanging Pillar, Frescos, Cultural & Archaeological

At 0800 AM our professional guide with executive chauffeur reports at your place of stay within Bangalore city limits to drive 2 hrs to the north with a small detour to see the two different Temples. One at Lepakshi and the other at Nandi village. Hot Vegetarian Indian lunch is included.  Lepakshi (16th Cen AD) Temple built on tortoise hill by the brothers, Virupanna and Veeranna, has significant place in the Ramayana — where the bird Jatayu fell, wounded after a futile battle against Ravana who was carrying away Sita. When Sri Rama reached the spot, he saw the bird and said compassionately, “Le Pakshi” — ‘rise, bird’ in Telugu. It is a tribute to the engineering genius of ancient and medieval India’s temple builders in the Vijayanagar style famed Hanging Pillar of beaming triumphantly with profusion of carvings and paintings of a huge 100-pillared dance hall, adorned with exquisite sculptures of divine beings, saints, guardians, musicians, with slim columns feature colonettes carved with eaves, overhanging in a curved shape images of Natesha flanked by Brahma, figurines of nymphs in dancing postures, flanked by a drummer and cymbalist. The treasure trove of various narrative alluring fresco (The colour scheme consists of vegetable and mineral colours of yellow, ochre-gold, lamp black, blue and green blended and applied to a stucco surface specially treated with lime with the background in red colour) paintings on the ceiling of ardha mantapa (ante chamber), is the Asia's largest, measuring 23 by 13 feet (7.0 m × 4.0 m) with the 14 avatars of Lord Shiva and a huge remarkable monolithic boulder of granite stone with carving of three coiled seven-hooded serpent providing an umbrella cover over a Lingam. Spectacular Gigantic Nandi sculpture in couchant posture is the India’s biggest monolithic Bull, 10 Mtr length and 6 Mtr is a colossal structure decorated by Necklace and Bells, besides the perfectly proportioned body, finely-carved ornaments, and smooth contours add to its grandeur.  The temple’s main deity is Veerabhadra, the fiery bearing an uncharacteristically serene expression god created by Shiva related to immolation of Parvathi. Twin temples (810 AD) at Nandi Village are perhaps the finest and the most ornate of the Dravidian temples in Karnataka,with Kalyana Mantapa and a huge stepped temple tank enclosed by a cloister outer walls of the north and south shrines have pilasters, turrets and pierced windows with frieze of elephants, yaalis and lions intercepted with each other creepers and birds. Ornate pillars in black stone is typical to Hoysala architecture of Nolamba construction with pilasters on the outer walls of the shrines, perforated decorative stone windows which contain figures is a large where lamps are lit on certain festive days

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