An Architectural Wonder- “HANGING PILLAR” at Lepakshi Temple, Andhra Pradesh

India is the land of perpetual wonders, largely to be discovered by the world.

Incredible example of ancient architecture – the floating pillar at the Lepakshi temple built in 16th century by brothers Virupanna and Veeranna in typical style of “Vijayanagara Architecture”.

leepakshi temple

The temple attributes many elegant sculptures of god, goddesses, dancers and musicians, and hundreds of paintings all over the walls, columns and ceiling depicting stories from the epics of the Mahabharata, the Ramayana, and the Puranas.

The Hanging Pillar !

The temple is well known for  engineering wonder. Unlike the  70 stone pillars in the temple, there is one that hangs from the ceiling”. The base of the pillar hardly  touches the ground and there’s around “2 cm gap” between pillar’s base and the ground. It is possible to pass objects such as a thin sheet of paper or a piece of cloth from one side to the other.

It is a bit displaced from its original position —As during the British era, a British engineer tried to move it which was an unsuccessful attempt to uncover the secret of its support. By moving this main pillar which resulted in inclination of all pillars in the same direction and angle, as it is known as the base for whole temple.

The Archaeological Survey of India has proven that this pillar was not constructed as a mistake, but was built intentionally by builders to prove the brilliance of the time.

The Colossal Monolithic Nandi (Bull) !

Besides the Hanging Pillar, another is a colossal structure, India’s biggest monolithic Nandi (Bull), located almost a mile before the main temple (27ft in length and 15ft in height).  Besides the record size, the perfectly proportioned body, finely-carved ornaments, and smooth contours add to its gloriousness and make it a popular photo-op with visitors.

The monolithic Nandi at Lepakshi temple
The monolithic Nandi at Lepakshi temple

The temple has a Ramayana story where it is said that Jatayu, the bird, fell after being injured by Ravana the king of Lanka. And when Lord Rama spotted the bird, he said, ‘Le Pakshi’ – meaning ‘rise, bird’ in Telugu. That’s how the temple got its name. Incredible, isn’t it?

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