yesterday i went to Lepaakshi (Andhara pradesh ),and Pavgada (this is in karnataka ).
the temple in Lepaakshi was built in 15th century and is in excellent shape – well at least nothing is built upon it .
Every pillar in the temple is carved with dance forms , i tell u this is a delight for classical dancers.and there r also paintings on the ceiling – they r faded but still u can make them out
the NANDI in lepaakshi is one of the largest monolith sculptures in India
coming to architecture – in the main temple inside there r totally 70 pillars – with one of them hanging well almost on its edge – there’s a story about it – a British engineer who wanted to know how the temple was supported by the pillars tried to displace one of it ,and it caused the movement of as many as 10 pillars around to maintain the balance, i don’t know about structural engineering but if u know ,u can appreciate better seeing it. the temple was designed to withstand even earthquakes.
there is the unfinished part of the temple depicting the marriage of lord Shiva and parvati devi
LEPAKSHI can be reached from Bengaluru – its 2hrs drive and from Hyderabad its 10hrs drive .there r many other places around it – like pavgada – there’s a temple and a fort there .
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My travels – Lepaakshi