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Andhra Pradesh
Lepakshi Temple
Tirupati Temple
Srisailam Temple
Bhadrachalam
Akiripalli
Birla Mandir
Bheemaramam
Pancharama Temple
Alampur
 
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Karpaka Vinayakar
Tiruvarangam (Koyil)
Ekambareswarar Temple
Perur Patteeswaraswamy
Kailashnathar Temple
Varadaraja Temple
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Kubara Perumal
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The Bull Temple
Cave Temples
Chamundeswari Temple
Channakeshava Temple (Belur)
 
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Guruvayoor Temple
Sabarimala Temple
Sivagiri Temple
Ettumanoor Temple
Thirunavaya Temple
 
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Temples in South India >> Lepakshi Temple

The Vijayanagar Empire caused a number of monuments to be built and patronized in the State of Andhra Pradesh. The ornate Lepakshi temples being one of the popular temples of that era. Lepakshi is a small village, which lies nine miles east of Hindupur in Anantapur District of Andhra and is famous for its temple of Veerabhadra, and is also a renowned place where the best specimens of the mural paintings of the Vijayanagar kings are available.

Architecture
The flat stuccoed granite ceilings of the Vijayanagar Empire provided a suitable background for frescoes as seen at Lepakshi. This temple is a notable example of the Vijayanagar style of architecture, and is built on a low rocky hill, which is called Kurmasaila so called because the bill is like a tortoise, in shape. An inscription on the exit of the outer wall of the temple records that one Virupanna constructed it in the 16th century.

The beautiful sculptures on the prakaram attract the pilgrims' attention. These include 14 forms of Siva, like Dakshinamurthi, Ardhanareeswara, Tripurantaka etc. The hall of creepers is another excellent work of art, which has provided perennial inspiration to textile designers over the years. About 500m, North-East of the temple stands India's largest monolithic Nandhi, measuring about 8.25m long and 4,60m high.

Lepakshi is both a tourist place worth a visit as well as a pilgrimage centre in South India. It is centrally located between Hindupur and Kodikonda check post. The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation has its services daily from Hindupur. For lodging, there is a R & B guest house at Hindupur and the tourists can stay at APTD rest house as well have their lunch.

During the month of February (Asvayujamasam) the temple authorities conduct a 10 day long celebration including the car festival. During the festivals, Lepakshi is packed with pilgrims from all over the country.



Thousand Pillar Temple

4-km from Hanumakonda crossroad in Warangal district is the Thousand Pillar Temple, a fine specimen of 'Kakatiya' architecture and sculpture. It is the main attraction of Hanamkonda. The temple was built by 'Rudra Devi' in 1163 AD.

The temple is in shape of a star and has three shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. The temple is built on a 1m high platform on the slopes of the Hanumakonda hill, and has a majestic monolithic Nandi. The black basalt Nandi, a monolith, has a lovely polished finish.

There are many small lingam shrines surrounding the gardens. The temple is famous for its richly carved pillars, screens and detailed sculpture. The atmosphere is calm and serene with the sonorous ringing of the puja bells, gentle chirping of the birds and the soothing cool breeze.