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Lepakshi

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Being agnostic to religion, places of worship or religious towns do not appeal much to me.
I have been appreciated for my aesthetic sense, all right, but that does not make me an architect or a designer.

Considering the above, what was I doing at the 14th century temple town called Lepakshi on my country’s Independence Day ?
The answer lies in the fact that Lepakshi meant travel. Travel by road, riding my bike, which I so cherish doing.

The heavy overnight rain was causing concerns and fellow riders had almost trashed the plan. The ride however started, although as late as 0830 hrs instead of the planned 0630 hrs. Time wasn’t a concern as the distance was minuscule. At Hebbal, two more riders joined taking our count to six, and of bikes to five. Until we reached BIAL, the needle never went beyond 60 kmph, thanks to the blackberry wielding cops that Bangalore is seeing of late.

NH4 being a part of the Golden Quadrilateral, although with numerous diversions, is heaven for burning rubber.

As straight as a needle - Cruising on NH4

As straight as a needle - Cruising on NH4

We cruised, ripped, ambled until we halted at Kamat, at 1100 hrs, for a late breakfast.
As I always mention, any ride in this part of the world is incomplete without the proverbial Idli Dosa and other South Indian delicacies.
And Kamat is one chain which has set good standards in serving the same.
We filled ourselves and finished it with a cup of milky tea.
Those wanting the black variety of it were left to sulk.

The destination was close from here but as luck would have it we missed the left turn and overshot by quite some distance. In the end, it was estimated to be around 50 kms of unwanted riding. I, for one, did not seem to mind that. The weather was perfect for riding. It drizzled in between but remained overcast mostly.

We reached Lepakshi at 1400 hrs and headed straight to the main temple.

In one word, it was – Grand.

The carvings of the Sheshnag and Ganesha stood out in particular. I wanted to go click happy but a ‘Change the batteries’ message greeted me when I switched on the camera. For the record, of late I’ve seen a number of off days with my electronic gadgets.

Lord Shiva, his holy serpent and ... a mortal

Lord Shiva, his holy serpent and ... a mortal

Anyways, we spent a good two hours checking out the two temples. The main is called Vidarbha (an incarnation of Shiva) temple and the other one is the Nandi temple. The line of pillars and the architecture reminded me of Hampi. In spite of being kilometers apart, interestingly, the Nandi is so positioned that it faces the Sheshnag in the main temple. This particular imagery was depicted in most of the postcards selling there and had me confused until I got to know this tidbit. And that was the ‘Aha’ moment for the day.

On our way back, we stopped for chai on the highway while some bought guavas. We had taken a liking to the guavas earlier, when we waited for the riders to regroup. Lack of a good eating joint on this route forced us to stop at Kamat yet again.

Colors of Independence

Colors of Independence

We made sure to order different stuff than what we did for breakfast. Guess what, it was yummy again. Post that, we did some Independence Day photography – the tricolor fluttering on our bikes.

I felt proud to be an Indian. But as it is said, excessive pride leads to downfall, so I let it pass of quickly.

1930 hrs and I was back home – happy and content!

In hindsight, it was a fun day of disciplined riding and meeting some new riders.
Lepakshi is a must visit for the historically / architecturally inclined. Others wouldn’t be disappointed too.

Forย  more pics, visit Gomsi’s album

Important Information


Place – Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh, India
Distance from Bangalore – Approx 125 kms
Food – Kamat Upachar (On NH4, 50 kms before the destination)
Route – NH4 (BLR-HYD) all the way barring the last 15 kms.
On NH4, once you pass RAXA Academy, be on the lookout for a left turn. This is easy to miss. Take this turn (mixture of dirt track, no track, some track) and continue for 15 kms


Written by Sangfroid

August 17, 2009 at 10:29 am

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  1. neat.. who all rode?

    --xh-- aka aNoop

    August 17, 2009 at 10:44 am

    • Another BN’er and 4 other friends ๐Ÿ™‚

      Sangfroid

      August 17, 2009 at 9:26 pm

  2. gooood man…nice weather and a bike ride..what more does one want :)) mst b fun

    sandeep

    August 17, 2009 at 10:59 am

    • Sure was fun. But ye dil maange more ๐Ÿ™‚

      Sangfroid

      August 17, 2009 at 9:26 pm

  3. Nice description…

    You mention that the tracks are bad in between. Would you suggest it for a drive on car

    Imanpreet

    August 17, 2009 at 11:17 am

    • Yes. It is drivable. In fact, repair work is going on in patches. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Sangfroid

      August 17, 2009 at 9:27 pm

  4. I have tasted food at Kamat’s once and I agree it was good. Too few photos in the post ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    And I went to Orchha over the long weekend ๐Ÿ˜€

    Mridula

    August 17, 2009 at 11:24 am

    • There is a link at the end of the post for the album. I wasn’t able to click myself though ๐Ÿ˜

      Orchha!! Nice. Awaiting details ๐Ÿ™‚

      Sangfroid

      August 17, 2009 at 9:28 pm

  5. Nice travelogue! giving me inspiration to go somewhere in my cage ๐Ÿ˜€

    NotManish

    August 17, 2009 at 11:31 am

    • Thanks! Really ? Then ‘Just Drive’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Sangfroid

      August 17, 2009 at 9:28 pm

  6. finally you got around to writing a travelogue ๐Ÿ™‚

    Kunal

    August 17, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    • Yup. Felt good after penning this one down ๐Ÿ™‚

      Sangfroid

      August 17, 2009 at 9:29 pm

  7. Hmmm.. turning out to be quite a travel writer.. My philosphical writin with ur journos style can be quite a mix..(:D)

    gomsi

    August 17, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    • Who’s that ? Phaedrus ? ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ™‚

      Sangfroid

      August 17, 2009 at 9:29 pm

  8. Strangely enough I’ve been to this place though a long long time ago, I was researching on southern architecture for my project..
    Your drive seems much more fun, I happened to be alone on this particular visit.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    sam

    August 18, 2009 at 9:24 am

    • So you were there fist!
      The ride sure was loads of fun. However, sometimes being alone is the way to go ๐Ÿ™‚

      Sangfroid

      August 18, 2009 at 12:48 pm

  9. Seems fun!!

    Winnie the Poohi

    August 18, 2009 at 7:07 pm


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