The small village of Lepakshiin the Anantapur district is famous for its Veerabhadra Temple, which preserves amazing artifacts of the 16th century. The village is situated at a distance of 120 km from Bengaluru. According to legends, the name Lepakshi is associated with the bird Jatayu of Ramayana. He fell down wounded here while rescuing Goddess Sita and was commanded to rise by Lord Rama, hence the name Le Pakshi, which in local language means rise bird. This legend can also be supported by a giant foot mark at the temple which is believed to be of Sita. Built-in the typical Vijayanagara style of architecture, the temple features many beautifully designed carvings on each pillar of gods, goddesses, and dancers. This temple is known as another engineering wonder. Among the 70 stoned pillars, there is one pillar that hangs from the ceiling and barely touches the ground. Known as the hanging pillar, any thin object like newspaper or cloth can be passed through its base. As you will enter the village you will spot a giant Nandi, the mount of Lord Shiva, facing the front gate of the main temple. This huge statue of Nandi is carved out of a single stone which is believed to be the largest in the world.