'Thirumana Thiruthalangal', is a book written by Ms.Meera Nagarajan, the Managing Director and CEO of the company. The published chapters from the book narrate the importance on worshipping at various temples that are known to bless for an early marriage to a bride or groom.

Lepakshi Veerabhadra Anantapur(Andhra Pradesh)

Lepakshi Veerabhadra Anantapur

Lepakshi Veerabhadra temple is situated at the eastern part of Hindupur in Anantapur district in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The temple, which is under the jurisdiction of the religious endowment department of the Andhra Pradesh government, has its own glory and fame.

History of the temple

The Vijaynagar kingdom had established many pilgrim centers during its rule in Andhra Pradesh. Lepakshi Veerabhadra temple, built as per Vijaynagara architectural style is one among such temples. There are tall towers both at the northern and western side of the temple. This historical temple was built by the two brothers Veeranna and Viruppanna during the 16th century. Viruppanna was an officer in the treasury department of the Achutharaya government. The temple has links with the great epic Ramayana. It is said that Lord Rama visited this temple on his way to Sri Lanka and during his visit, he saw the big bird Jadaayu in a critical condition with deep injuries and wings cut. He woke up the bird by calling "eypakshi", it is said. He was believed to have learnt from the bird that Sita had been taken to Sri Lanka by Ravana. The bird is said to have died immediately after giving this message and that both Rama and Lakshman performed the final rites to the bird. It is said that the hamlet got the name "Leypakshi" due to this reason and the name became "Lepakshi" in course of time.

Lepakshi Veerabhadra Anantapur


The temple, built in the shape of a tortoise is called Kurmasailam. The monolithic Nandi has been installed as facing the north-east. The granite Nandi is 6 ft. tall with a width of 8 mtr. It is an art piece marveling the devotees. The temple has three parts - front mandap (Nithya or Ranga mandap), artha mandap, where the sanctum is located and marriage mandap. Paintings made of natural colors, portraying scenes from puranas are seen both at the dance and marriage mandaps. The 14 avtars of Lord Siva have been sculpted. The monolithic seven-hood snake sculpture, measuring 17 ft. in height and the Sivalinga, installed on the curled body of the snake hold the visitors spell bound. The artistic marriage hall has 38 pillars that remain with no roof over them. The beauty of the sculptures on these pillars is beyond description. A very big statue of Lord Ganapathy has been installed at the most important prahara. The shrine abounds in sculptural wealth.

At the sanctum in the inner prahara, Lord Veerabhadra has been portrayed in a standing posture. Lord Siva, as Papanaseswara and Lord Vishnu have been installed on either side. The main deity, Veerabhadra blesses His devotees with whatever varam they pray for. He is being worshipped as the family deity in many households here. Durga, as Parvathy has been portrayed beautifully. The paintings at the most important mandap depict the tradition and culture of the people of that time.

Lepakshi Veerabhadra Anantapur

There's an interesting story going around for the marriage hall remaining incomplete. Virupanna built this temple without getting prior permission from the king Achutharaya. And, he used the tax revenue also for constructing the temple. The enraged king ordered that the eyes of Viruppanna be blinded. Viruppanna, on learning the king's order, pulled out his own eyes and threw them onto the wall opposite, it is said. Even today, the blood stain from the eyes can be seen on the wall. Scientists had confirmed that it was human blood. The devotees say that the construction work was left incomplete due to this incident.


Lepakshi is a small hamlet. The place is famous for silk saris. Weaving of pure silk is the family business of many households and wood carving is also a popular vocation here.


Dusserah is being celebrated on a very grand scale in this temple. Car festival is celebrated in the month of February for ten days. Devotees, from across the country, attend this festival

Lepakshi Veerabhadra Anantapur


Lepakshi is situated at a distance of 140 km from Bangalore and 480 km from Hyderabad. There's no differentiation between Siva and Vishnu in this temple. If we travel by road, we can reach the place through Chikballapur on the Bangalore-Hyderabad highway. From the Karnataka-Andhra check-post, Lepakshi lies at a distance of 10 km. Buses are operated daily from Hindupur and Anantapur. Lepakshi is situated at 15 km distance from Hindupur. There's a tourists bungalow at Themakapalli, situated at 5 km distance from Lepakshi. Hotels, tourist complex and guest houses are also there.

You all can go and enjoy the beautiful sight of this historical temple at Lepakshi.