Travel Xtras

Hanging Pillars - Andhra Pradesh

The Hanging Pillar of Lepakshi originally belongs to the 16th century Veerabhadra Temple, located in the small historical village of Lepakshi in the Anantapur district. It is around 15 kilometres east of Hindupur and 120 kilometres north of Bangalore. Being an important archaeological and historical site, this temple is adored for its engravings and paintings. Apart from that, there is something more, which attract tourists from all over the world; it’s HANGING PILLAR.

The Mystery

There are 70 pillars in all that support the entire structure, out of which only 1 pillar does not touch the ground. It is there in a hanging position; practically without any support of a base. Numerous legends are there regarding this pillar, many of them point to the divine intervention, which helps the pillar to remain suspended mid-air. Devotees pass objects beneath the pillar, believing it will bring them good luck.

As per the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), it is nothing more than the splendidness and exceptional craftsmanship of the architects of that time. The pillar was designed not accidentally, but with a purpose to prove to the world, that what Vijayanagar Architect was capable of. Till date, it stands witness to those genius hands that carved such immortal rocks.