Ghati Subramanya, Vidurashwatha & Lepakshi: A day well spent
Overview: Charting a well planned itinerary, we set off for a full day trip to Ghati Subramanya, Viduraswatha and Lepakshi on a Sunday morning. We set off early to avoid the crowd at Ghati Subramanya. The temple, dedicated to Lord Subramanya was already getting thronged by tourists. This should not be confused with the Kukke Subramanya temple in the Western Ghats. Similar to Kukke, people here offer many types of pujas to the Lord. We had the darshan of the God and then went to the Kalyani, near to that lot of Naga stones installed by people. From there we had breakfast next to the temple.
From here, we continued on the Gouribidanur road to reach Vidurashwatha. Legend says that there was a tree in this place which was planted by Vidura during Mahabharata which fell in 2001. There is also a Naga devata temple here which is frequented by many people and it is said to fulfil one's wishes.
After Vidurashwatha, we crossed the state border to reach Andhra Pradesh where we headed to Lepakshi. Lepakshi is famous for the Veerabhadra temple and the paintings and carvings inside the temple. This place was once a very important trading route during the Vijayanagara kingdom. The temple was built by the Vijayanagara king Achyuta Devaraya in the 15th century. There is an interesting story of the king ordering for blinding the builder Vipanna due to some misunderstanding. On hearing this, Vipanna himself plucked his eyes and threw it on temple walls. It is said that the stains are still visible even today. Other specialities in Lepakshi are the huge Nandi bull, Open air marriage hall, and many paintings on the ceilings.
How to reach: Bus: KSRTC buses plying from Bangalore to Ghati Subramanya and Vidurashwatha. To reach Lepakshi, take a bus to Hindupur. From Hindupur, many private buses are available to reach Lepakshi.
By Car: Travel towards Doddaballapur and after Doddaballapur, watch out for an arch leading to Ghati Subramanya. From there continue on the same road to join the Hindupur road. Just before the Karnataka-AP border is Vidurashwatha. From there continue on the same road to Hindupur. At Hindupur, take the road towards Bagepalli to reach Lepakshi.
Food/Accommodation: Its advisable to carry food from home as there are no proper restaurants on the way.
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