AP: Historical Lepakshi Architectural Monolithic Marvel Shakatam ready for Republic Day Parade
The Republic Day Parade in Delhi was specially designed by the Government of Andhra Pradesh with the architectural monolithic marvel of Lepakshi Nandi, which has a glorious history. Andhra Pradesh Tableaux, Lepakshi – Architectural Monolithic Marvel to be presented at Rajpath, Delhi during the Republic Day Parade to be held on 26.01.2021.
History of Lepakshi -Architectural Monolithic Marvel
Lepakshi is one of the fine examples of architectural grandeur. It is belongs to the 16th Century temple of stone in Vijayanagara style. Much of the temple is built on a low, rocky hill kurmasailam. The temple dates back to 1583 and was built by the brothers, Virupanna and Veeranna courtiers of Vijayanagara Kings.
The tableaux showcase the rich monolithic rock architecture Lepakshi temple. Besides the temple architecture also showcases the spectacular monolithic rock Nandi with 27ft in length and 15ft in height, it is a colossal structure, reputedly India’s biggest monolithic Nandi. Besides the record size, the perfectly proportioned body, finely-carved ornaments and smooth contours add to its grandeur attracts more.
At the forefront of the tableaux showcases the India’s biggest monolithic Nandi. And in the rear exhibited the architectural marvel of the temple main arches pillar architecture of Lepakshi temple ‘Mukha Mantapa’, ‘Arda Mantapa’ or ‘antarala’ (ante chamber), ‘Garbhagriha’ or the sanctum sanctorum and ‘Kalyana Mandapam’ with 38 carved pillars. The temple, as an edifice, is encircled by two enclosures.
Also showcases the temples’ outer enclosure, a mammoth Ganesha hewn in stone and leaning against a rock. Perpendicular to it is a massive Naga with three coils and seven hoods. It forms a sheltering canopy over black granite Shiva lingam. It’s reckoned by many as the largest Nagalinga in India.
Also depicts the finest specimens of mural paintings of 24 by 14 ft fresco of Veerabhadra on the ceiling before the main sanctum sanctorum is the largest in India of any single figure and Shiva Parvathi Kalyanam, an enduringly popular subject with traditional Indian artists, finds expression here. On the tableau the traditional music oriented traditional art form called “veeranatyam” which tells about the tale of Veerabadhra during Daksha Yagyam is performed on tableau.