Lepakshi is a small village and Mandal headquarters located in the Anantapur District, in Andhra Pradesh. It is 15 km (9.3 mi) east of Hindupur and about 120 km (75 mi) north of Bangalore. Lepakshi is historically and archaeologically significant with three shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Virabhadra belonging to Vijayanagara Kings' period.
A huge Nandi bull made out of a single granite stone is one of the attractions in Lepakshi. The place is also known for mural paintings of the Vijayanagar Kings. Many old Kannada inscriptions dating back centuries can be seen on its walls. Legend has it that the Naga of the Nagalinga was carved out of a single stone by sculptors while they waited for their mothers to prepare lunch.
Veerabhadra temple, Lepakshi
Veerabhadra temple dedicated to Lord Veerabhadra. Built by the brothers Viranna and Virupanna, the temple is a notable example of the Vijayanagar architectural style. It is renowned for its sculptures, which were created by the artisans of the Vijayanagara empire.
Monolithic Nandi sculpture at Lepakshi
The monolithic "Nandi" sculpture, which is said to be the biggest monolithic Nandi in India, is synonymous with Lepakshi. It is 4.5m high and 8.23m long. The big granite bull is on the main road, about 200 meters from the temple. It has been positioned such that it faces the shivalinga shielded by a huge serpent inside the temple. It is the second largest monolith in India, after Gomateshwara. The Nandi sports a huge kaasu malai, a bell chain, earrings and other jewelry.