We set up on the third successive photreknic from BASC on July 1st 2012 to Veerapuram, Yellodu and Lepakshi. There were 11 of us ( Chetana, Me, Muthu, Srivatsa, Dr. Harish, Nagaraj, Neha, Santhosh + 2 ) set out in our Dzire, Xylo and Yamaha motorcycle for a 240 kms drive on NH 7 from Bangalore. We zipped across the road as it was clear in the morning.
Reached chickballapur for breakfast, but our adda was closed as it was Sunday. We once again continued towards NH 7 and located Kamat Uphara for our breakfast. Looks like they had only Kharabaath and Kesribaath, heard they were previous days menu and we did not have any other choice but to have it with coffee. We received a whopping bill of 500 for a morsel of kharabath and a cup of coffee for 11 of us. Next we set out towards Veerapuram, in Andhrapradesh to have a glimse of the Strokes which migrate from far away siberia. After navigating across bad maintained roads and reaching the village, were met the curator of the birds Mr. venugopala Reddy who has been taking care of these birds for a long time. His house has couple of cages meant for the injured , tired birds so that he can take care of incubation of their eggs, nurse their wounds and let them off once they are fine.
After initial introduction, team set up to start clicking takin
g out their cameras, tripods, changing lenses, filters and clicking most amazing birds.
After we were satisfied with the pictures, team set out for the next destination, Yellodu in Karnataka which is 20 Kms from veerapuram. We reached Yellodu @ 11.30 AM and geared up to trek the 600 + steps to visit Lord Adinarayana Temple.
When we reached around 300+ steps, were were amazed by the beauty of its surroundings which had very beautiful hillocks which were unexplored by humans and were pollution free.
We reached the abode of Lord Adinarayana and had the darshan. The hillock was flocked by beggers all around and were seated on each step which was a disturbing scene.
We set out to have our lunch @ arya vysya choultry who have been providing free lunch to all the visitors to the temple for years now. After having the lunch we set out to Lepakshi which is around 30 Kms from Yellodu and reached at 3.30 PM.
Lepakshi is very important historically and archaeologically. There are three shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Virabhadra.
The famous Veerabhadra temple, dedicated to Veerabhadra, is located here. Built by the brothers Viranna and Virupanna, the temple is a notable example of the Vijayanagar architectural style. It is famous for its sculptures, which were created by the artisans of Vijayanagara empire. A huge Nandi bull made out of a single granite stone is one of the attractions in Lepakshi.The place is renowned for being one of the best repository of mural paintings (see below) of the Vijayanagar Kings. Many old Kannada inscriptions dating back centuries can be seen on its walls. Legend has it that the Naga of the Nagalinga was carved out of a single stone by sculptors while they waited for their mother to prepare lunch.