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This Festive season, let Lepakshi be on your travel list in Andhra

Famous for its age-old shrines, Lepakshi is steeped in mythological grandeur. According to the Valmiki Ramayana, it is believed that this was the place where Ram had met the dying Jatayu and had helped him achieve salvation by uttering the words ‘Le Pakshi’ or “Rise, oh bird!” in Telugu. This is how the place got its name. The larger-than- life sculptures and exquisite friezes here are a rich repository of stories from Hindu mythology.
 
Lepakshi has several shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, Papanatheswar, Raghunath, Ram and other deities. Whether it is the smaller carvings on the pillars of the Veerabhadra Temple or the monolithic Nandi, said to be the largest in the world, the finesse and skill of the artisans of the Vijayanagara dynasty are evident in sculptures throughout the town.
 
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Veerabhadra Temple