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Lepakshi murals in Veerabhadraswamy temple to be key attraction for G-20 delegates

  • Published
    7th Feb, 2023
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The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is making all arrangements to ensure that the proposed hour-long trip of G-20 delegates to the Lepakshi Sri Veerabhadraswamy temple.

About Lepakshi Temple
  • Lepakshi temple is located in Andhra Pradesh, built during the era of the Vijayanagara Empire.
  • The temple is famous for its three shrines, which are dedicated to-
    • Lord Vishnu
    • Lord Shiva
    • Lord Veerabhadra

Mural Painting

  • Lepakshi Veerabhadra Temple complex has India's highest sculptural wealth and mural paintings.
  • Asia's biggest mural painting-Veerabhadra Swamy (measuring 24x18 feet), a hanging pillar in the dancing hall and the biggest monolithic bull in the country.
  • The Veerabhadra Temple was constructed by two brothers, Viranna and Virupanna.
  • Architectural style: The temple is built in the Vijayanagar architectural style and has beautiful sculptures adorning the walls.
  • It is one of the finest & oldest temples in India.
  • It is situated atop the Kurmasailam (tortoise-shaped) hill.
  • There is a huge Nandi bull made from a single granite stone.
  • Lepakshi has many murals from the Vijayanagara Era and the famous sculpture of the snake on the Nagalinga.
  • The original structure is said to have been built by Sage Agastya and finds mention in the Skanda Purana as one of the 108 Saivaite pilgrimage centres of ancient India.

  • The entire temple complex was believed to be rebuilt by Virupanna, and his brother Veeranna under the rule of Vijayanagara king Achyuta Devaraya.
  • The main shrine, the 70-pillared nrutya mantapa, the detailed and beautiful carvings on them depicts gods and artists playing musical instruments and dancers in various poses and mudras.
  • The high ceiling is filled with long panels of fresco paintings.

About the Archaeological Survey of India

  • The ASI is the premier organization for the archaeological research and protection of the cultural heritage of the country.
  • The prime objection of ASI is to maintain the archaeological sites, ancient monuments and remains of national importance.
  • Its Headquarters is in New Delhi.
  • It was established in 1861 by Alexander Cunningham.
  • It regulates all archaeological activities as per the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, of 1958.
  • It functions under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Culture.
  • It also regulates the Antiquities and Art Treasure Act, of 1972.
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