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Veerbhadra Temple 

Syllabus :GS 1/Art and Culture In News

∙ The Prime Minister performed darshan and puja at Veerbhadra Temple in AndhraPradesh.

About Veerabhadra Temple

∙ It is also known as the Lepakshi temple.

∙ The literal meaning of the word is Lepa + Akshi, an embalmed eye or a painted eye.

∙ It is dedicated to Veerabhadra (the fiery incarnation of Lord Shiva).

∙ According to Hindu mythology, Daksha insulted his daughter Sati and her husband Shiva at a grand sacrifice he had organised.

∙ Unable to bear the humiliation, Sati immolated herself.To avenge her form of the wrathful Veerabhadra.

∙ Notable features: It has shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, Papanatheswara, Raghunatha, Rama and other deities.

∙ It exhibits the interchange of human  values  and socio-cultural traditions from 11th century Chalukyan Period to 15th century early Vijayanagara period.

∙ The present temple was reconstructed in Chaulukya style of Hindu temple architecture and completed in May 1951.

∙ The reconstruction was completed by Vallabhbhai Patel.

Do you know ?The Sri Veerabhadra Swamy temple and the Monolithic Bull (Nandi) at Lepakshi in Anantapur district known for the Vijayanagara sculpture and painting art tradition, have found a place on the tentative list of the World Heritage Committee and the same was published on the Unesco World Heritage Convention website.

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