This Mysterious Temple Has A Pillar That Does Not Rest On The Ground

The Veerabhadra Temple in Lepakshi also known as Lepakshi temple, located in Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh in India is known for its huge 70 pillars and carvings on the wall. This mysterious Hindu temple is said to be built in the Vijayanagara style from 1530 A.D to 1542 A.D. by the brothers Viranna and Virupanna of Achyutha Devaraya period.

Much of the temple is built on a low, rocky hill called Kurmasailam — which translates to tortoise hill in Telugu, after the shape of the hill.

Image credit - Punit varma
Image credit – 500px/Punit varma

One of the wonders in this temple is, among the 70 stone pillars, there is one pillar hanging from the roof of the Veerabhadra temple barely touching the floor.

This pillar hangs or floats without any support.

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The temple’s main deity is Veerabhadra, the fiery god created by Lord Shiva in his rage after the Daksha Yagna and the immolation of Sati. There are several forms of Shiva here — a majestic Kankala Murthi, Dakshinamurthi, Tripuranthaka or Tripurasurasamhara ; Ardhanareeshwara , etc. Another shrine has the fiery goddess Bhadrakali, though bearing an uncharacteristically serene expression.

Visitors can pass objects such as paper, towel, etc in the gap between temple floor and the bottom of the pillar.There is a belief that if a person puts across a cloth in between the pillar, their worries would be removed.


This mysterious Hindu temple has challenged many engineers who failed to solve the mystery behind its hanging pillar.

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