About the Place:
Lepakshi is a small village which lies 14 km east of Hindupur in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.
Lepakshi was founded by Vijayanagara king, Aliiya Rama Raya. Virupanna, the royal treasurer was accused of drawing funds without the king’s permission from the state treasury to build the Veerabhadra temple at Lepakshi. However, he blinded himself to avoid the king’s punishment. Even today one can see two dark stains upon the wall near the Kalyana Mandapa, which are said to be the marks made by his eyes. Hence the village is called ‘Lepa-akshi’, means a village of the blinded eye.
The Veerabhadra temple of Lepakshi, which was built by the brothers Viranna and Virupanna, is dedicated to Veerabhadra. It is an example of the Vijayanagar architectural style. Points of interest in the temple include a rock chain, Vastu Purush, the Padmini race lady, the hanging pillar, Durga Paadam, the eyes of Viroopaakshanna and Lepakshi saree designs. The paintings on the roof are made with natural pigments.
The Shiva’s bull Nandi is a granite monolithic sculpture on the main road of Lepashki approximately 200m from the temple. It is 4.5m high and 8.23m long making one of the largest nandi in India. The sculpture has been positioned so that it faces the shivalinga which is shielded by a large serpent inside the temple. The nandi wears a kaasu malai, a bell chain, earrings and other jewellery. 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. The Nagalinga is approximately 12 feet in height.
The handicrafts of Lepakshi are also quite popular among women all over the country.
- Depart Adventure Junkie at 05:00. Assemble at Yelahanka.
- Have breakfast and ride to Lepakshi.
- Sight-seeing at Lepakshi. Lunch.
- Shopping Handicrafts of Lepakshi.
- Ride back to Bangalore.
Breakfast, Dinner on all days.
Coffee or tea with cookies twice on all days.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 CC, with experienced mechanic at extra cost depending on group size.
Health medical kits.
Crocin(fever), Avomine(motion sickness), Avil 50mg(allergies), Combiflam(Pain killer), Disprin(headache), Norflox TZ & Lomofen(diarrhea), Digene(acidity), Omez/ Rantadine(antacids), Crepe bandage, Gauze roll, Band aid, Cotton roll, ORS, Betadine or any antiseptic cream, Moov spray(aches, & sprains)
- Helmets Compulsory.
- Wear appropriate gear to protect from dust.
- Do not use earphones with loud music while riding.
- Not a race. Ride along at safe distance.
- Wear riding shoes till your ankles
- Tuck-in your tracks into the socks while riding.
- Do not wear tight-fitted clothes as they might hinder with your movement during the ride.