Veerabhadra Temple Lepakshi
Pick up from your hotel in Bangalore for full day excursion visit to Lepakshi Temple & Nandi Hills. Visit-
Veerabhadra Temple Lepakshi - 120kms from Bangalore the beautiful 16th century Veerabhadra temple is located in the small historical village of Lepakshi. Built in the typical style of Vijayanagara architecture, the temple features many exquisite sculptures of god, goddesses, dancers and musicians, and hundreds of paintings all over the walls, columns and ceiling depicting stories from the epics of the Mahabharata, the Ramayana, and the Puranas. This includes a 24 feet by 14 feet fresco of Veerabhadra, the fiery god created by Shiva, on the ceiling, which is the largest fresco of any single figure in India. At the front of the temple is a large Nandi (bull), the mount of Shiva, which is carved from a single block of stone, and is said to be one of the largest of its type in the world.
Drive back to Bangalore enroute visit Nandi Hills (60kms from Bangalore) and visit Tipu Sultan’s Fort - a destination that is of interest to all the visitors at Nandi Hills. Standing atop the hills, the fort features five arches with minarets, showing off the beautiful art and architecture of the ancient era. It was once the summer residence of Tipu Sultan.
Nandi Hills - temple complex has two large shrines: the "Arunachaleswara" shrine to the south built by the Gangas of Talakad, and the "Bhoga Nandeeshwara" shrine to the north built by the Cholas. It has the sculpture of a king considered to be that of Rajendra Chola. In between there is a small intervening shrine called with "Uma-Maheshwara" shrine with a kalyana mantapa ("marriage alter") supported by ornate pillars in black stone with reliefs depicting of the Hindu gods Shiva and his consort Parvati, Brahma (the creator) and Saraswathi, Vishnu (the preserver) and his consort Lakshmi, the god of fire Agni and his consort Swaha Devi, and decorative creepers and birds in bas-relief. This is typical to Hoysala architecture.
After sightseeing drive back to Bangalore and drop off to your hotel.