Veerabhadra Temple : Prime Minister Visit
The Prime Minister visited the Veerabhadra temple in Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh, during his 11-day special ritual for the consecration of Lord Ram’s idol at the Ayodhya Ram temple.
- Lepakshi holds significance in the Ramayana, and its name, meaning ‘Rise, oh bird’ in Telugu, is a tribute to Jatayu, the mythical bird who fought Ravan.
- According to the Ramayana, Jatayu fell wounded in Lepakshi after battling Ravan, and it is here that he informed Lord Ram about Sita’s kidnapping.
- The temple is believed to have preserved the footprints of Goddess Sita.
- The Veerabhadra Temple, also known as the Lepakshi Temple, is located in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.
- The temple was built in 1533 by the Vijayanagara rulers.
- It is known for its architecture, which includes hanging pillars and cave chambers.