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Veerabhadra temple, Lepakshi and Bhoganandishwara temple, Nandi Hills, India – A Photo Essay

By alison - June 15, 2011

Intricate carvings in the Veerabhadra temple, Lepakshi

Intricate carvings in the Veerabhadra temple, Lepakshi

One of the highlights of our recent travel to India, was visiting some of the spectacular Hindu temples.

While staying in Bangalore, I was invited to join a girls-only outing to Lepakshi, to visit the 16th century Veerabhadra temple.  Four of us hired a car and driver for the day and made the 120 km journey north of Bangalore. On our way back to the city, we also stopped at the Bhoganandishwara Temple in the Nandi Hills.

The Veerabhadra temple is famous for its intricate carvings and immaculately preserved paintings. The Bhoganandishwara Temple is lesser known but has beautiful carvings.  Rather than try to describe them in words, I’d like to share a photo essay of our day-trip to the temples of Lepakshi and Bhoganandishwara.

Entering the Veerabhadra temple in Lepakshi, India

Entering the Veerabhadra temple in Lepakshi, India

The long hallway, Veerabhadra temple, Lepakshi

The long hallway, Veerabhadra temple, Lepakshi

Intricate carvings in the Veerabhadra temple, Lepakshi

The intricate sculptures were created by the artisans of Vijayanagara empire.

Intricate carvings in the Veerabhadra temple, Lepakshi

Sunlight and shadow dance between the stone pillars

Painting of Lord Shiva in the Veerabhadra temple, Lepakshi

A 16th century painting of Lord Shiva is one of the Veerabhadra temple’s treasures

Ceiling Painting in the Veerabhadra temple

The ceiling paintings are a beautiful and useful look at early Hindu civilization

Stone elephants at the Lepakshi Temple

Stone elephants guard a side entrance to the temple

The Shiva Lingam at the Veerabhadra Temple, Lepakshi

The Shiva Lingam at the Veerabhadra Temple, Lepakshi

The Bhoganandishwara Temple in the Nandi Hills

The Bhoganandishwara Temple in the Nandi Hills, near Bangalore

Chariot Wheel at the Bhoganandishwara Temple

Chariot Wheel at the Bhoganandishwara Temple

Carving detail at the Bhoganandishwara Temple

Carving detail at the Bhoganandishwara Temple

A temple cat at the Bhoganandishwara Temple

A temple cat at the Bhoganandishwara Temple

Bells inside the Bhoganandishwara Temple

Bells inside the Bhoganandishwara Temple

Nandi Statues in the Bhoganandishwara Temple

Nandi Statues in the Bhoganandishwara Temple

If you’d like to see more photos from the Veerabhadra temple in Lepakshi and the Bhoganandishwara Temple you can visit the Temples of India Gallery on ACM Photography.com or visit our Facebook Fan page.

Alison

Alison

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of Cheeseweb.eu She landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about this quirky little country. She loves to discover Belgium's hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She loves to travel the world with her husband, Andrew, and spend quiet nights reading with her cats and a glass of red wine. You can also follow her work on Google+
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8 comments

  1. Comment by expatraveler

    expatraveler June 16, 2011 at 02:42

    beautiful pics! I’m loving the shot with the gal in color and the one with the cat sitting at the door. I so have the itch to travel right now and know it’s so unreasonable to even want to try.. Argh! Hope I can figure something out that sort of makes up for it!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison June 16, 2011 at 10:54

      Thanks Jen! You can still travel.. just strap that baby on and go :)

  2. Comment by Angela

    Angela June 22, 2011 at 18:26

    Beautiful pictures, Indian temples can be so suggestive!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison June 23, 2011 at 12:27

      Thanks Angela! They were definitely inspirational!

  3. Comment by Bluegreen Kirk

    Bluegreen Kirk July 22, 2011 at 18:57

    Such magnificent work I could only imagine how long it to build this temple. I glad you put the photos up words would not been able to describe these photos!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison July 22, 2011 at 22:02

      Thanks Kirk! It certainly was a place indescribable with words.

  4. Comment by Sandeep

    Sandeep October 7, 2011 at 17:23

    Hi Alison,

    Very interesting post with some beautiful photographs. I have visited the Lepakshi temple and is really a place to be for Indian architecture. I am glad that you did enjoyed the place. I hope you could also have visited Sravanabelagola which is a Jain temple situated in Karnataka.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison October 10, 2011 at 14:04

      Hi Sandeep, I’ve not yet visited Sravanabelagola but I hope to get back to India again very soon. I’ll add it to the list!

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