Temple architecture

Lepakshi Temple among India’s nominations for UNESCO World Heritage tag

The famous Veerabhadra Swamy Temple in Lepakshi, about 100 km north of Bangalore, along with the iconic statue of Nandi are added to UNESCO’s tentative list of World Heritage Sites in India for 2022.

Inclusion on the list is a further step towards declaring the monument of cultural, historical and architectural significance as part of World Heritage.

A World Heritage status for the temple complex is a long-standing request that was renewed last year when the Ramappa Temple in nearby Telangana was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Lepakshi Temple, considered a sculptural marvel, is located in the Anantapuram district of Andhra Pradesh. It was built in the 16th century during the great reign of Vijayanagara. It reflects the architectural style of Vijayanagara, with ornate carvings and frescoes.

The Lepakshi Nandi, popular locally as the Lepakshi Basavanna, is a monolithic seated bull located about 250 meters from the temple. The Nandi, about six meters high, is carved from a single granite stone.

A major attraction in the temple is the massive sculpture of a seven-headed serpent protecting a Shivalinga. Another attraction is a “hanging pillar”.

Konkan Region Geoglyphs and Jingkieng jri: Living Root Bridges of Meghalaya are the other two sites added to India’s tentative list, UNESCO officials informed in a communication last week to India’s representative to the of the World Heritage organization.

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