India has been a land of sages and temples since time immemorial. Numerous temples thousands of years old and new will be seen here, some of the temples are also associated with some amazing and miraculous things, the importance and beliefs of which are not even challenged by science.Today we will talk about one such mysterious and ancient Lepakshi temple in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, about which eyewitnesses believe that a huge pillar of this temple has been hanging in the air for hundreds of years. Let us know which idols of gods and goddesses are installed in this mysterious temple and what kind of beliefs are associated with the hanging pillars.

In this temple Lord Shiva is seated in this form.

Located in Anantapur district, about 122 km from Bangalore, this Lepakshi temple is famous all over the world as 'Hanging Pillar Temple'. There are a total of 70 pillars here. In the sanctum sanctorum of the temple is an idol of Virbhadra, the cruel form of Lord Shiva. According to mythology, Virbhadra Maharaj came into existence after the sacrifice of Daksha. Apart from Lord Virbhadra, other forms of Lord Shiva, Ardhanarishvara, Skeleton idol, Dakshinamurti and Tripuratkeshwar are also installed in the temple.

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The mother established here is called Bhadrakali. The pillar of Lepakshi temple is also known as Akash pillar. One of these pillars is one inch above the ground. It is said that during the British rule the British made all attempts to find out this secret, but they failed.

The secret and myth of a pillar swinging in the air!

Devotees who come here try to remove the other side by placing a little cloth under the pillar, which succeeds in this endeavor, it is believed that happiness, peace and prosperity come to his house. It is said that in 1902, Hamilton, a British engineer, worked tirelessly to unravel the mystery of the swinging pillar of the temple.

He hammered the pillars swinging in the air. This caused cracks to appear on some of the pillars located about 25 feet away, indicating that all the weight of the temple rests on these swinging pillars. But in the end he did not understand the secret of the swinging pillars and accepted defeat as a charisma of nature.

Why was Lepakshi named?

Situated in the Kurmaselam hills of Karnataka, this temple is built in the shape of a tortoise. According to the inscriptions established here, the temple was built in 1583 by two brothers, Virupanna and Viranna, who were working under the king of Vijayanagar. However, according to mythology, the temple was built by Maharshi Agastya. In the Ramayana of Valmiki, it is mentioned in reference to this temple that Jatayu was injured after fighting with Ravana to protect mother Sita at this place.

When Lord Rama and Lakshmana passed through this place in search of mother Sita, they found Jatayu unconscious. Shri Ram took Jatayu by the hand and said ‘Arise Bird King’, he is called a bird in Telugu. Since then it has been called Lepakshi. There is also a large footprint in the temple premises, which is said to be evidence of Tretayuga. Some call these feet the feet of Shri Ram and some mother Sita.

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