Found in Lepakshi | Ancient Indian murals

An ancient Indian mural at Lepakshi,

A little over a 100 kilometers away from Bengaluru (earlier Bangalore) is a small temple town called Lepakshi. Geographically in Andhra Pradesh’s Ananthapura District, Lepakshi has now become famous for its Veerabhadra Temple. And this temple is quite an exhibition of sculptured pillars and ancient Indian murals.

Veerabhadra Temple’s murals are on its ceilings. The paintings narrate stories from Indian epics and ancient Indian mythological tales.  Some of the murals at this temple in Lepakshi have lost their colour and so don’t really depict the stories they are meant to tell. However some of them seem to have gotten some touch-ups.

The home of these ancient murals — the Veerabhadra temple dates back to the age of the Vijayanagara dynasty that ruled these parts of India between the 1330s and the 1640s. Built in the Vijayanagara style of temple architecture, the Veerabhara temple is swaddled in age-old legends.  You can read more about the temple and see more sights from there in this post on the temple — ‘Of Pillars of chiseled art, murals and legends.’.

Ancient Indian murals on Veerabhadra temple's ceilings, Lepakshi.

Those are some very impressive pillars but look up and you will see some ancient paintings on the ceilings of this temple in Lepakshi.

Ancient Indian murals at Lepakshi.

Some discoloured murals from the ceilings of the Veerabhadra temple in Lepakshi in South India.

Ancient Indian murals at Lepakshi.

More murals on the ceiling, Veerabhadra temple, Lepakshi.

Ancient Indian murals at Lepakshi.

Here’s more ancient art relating stories from ancient Indian legends.

Ancient Indian murals at Lepakshi.

The paintings in some parts of the temple are very clear and offer so much to look at.

More posts on art and sculpture from Indian temples:

Of Pillars of chiseled art, murals and legends.’

Hoysaleshwara temple – A signature of the Hoysala dynasty

A sculptural banquet in Belur

Belur’s beautiful bracket belles

600-odd steps and a colossal monolith

Linking to the meme — Monday Mural

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36 Comments

  1. Impressive temples and art. The artists that lived centuries ago had loads of patience to paint on the ceilings.

    • I swear — it must have been a lot of work to do art on ceilings and these pieces seem to have a lot of details on them, too.

      Thank you for coming this way, Sami. 🙂

  2. I like that paintings. What history must have gone along those stories.

  3. Amazing art. On my must visit list.
    Light seems to have troubled you while taking these photographs.

    • It is.
      I actually liked the light at the end of the corridor. I wanted to keep the light. 🙂
      While I was working on the images for this post, I was wishing I’d taken more pictures of the artwork on the ceilings.

      You have to go see this temple. You’ll love the work on the ceilings and the pillars.

  4. I am so happy to see these murals, so different from normal posts about Lepakshi, but also sad at the sorry state of affairs….We need to do a better job in their conservation.

    • Oh yeah, we should be doing better in conservation. But I wonder if they’ll be able to do justice to the paintings. It would be nice if we could actually see all the figures from our epics up on the ceilings of this temple.

      Thank you for stopping by, Prasad.

  5. Fabulous. India’s ancient culture is so incredible. Thanks for contributing to this week’s Monday Mural.

  6. Good to know about the place, beautiful works captured nicely. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Lepakshi is very popular and fav among bloggers 🙂 loved the post Dee 🙂

  8. Wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  9. This is the real treasure our great ancestors leave for us . Great visit

  10. Among all the pictures in this post, the one with murals caught our attention! Such beautiful colors, details on them looks so stunning!

    • This post is dedicated to the murals of Lepakshi. When I was going through the Lepakshi album, I was wishing I’d taken more pictures of those ceilings.

      Thanks guys. 🙂

  11. Splendid art! Spellbinding in fact!
    Thank you Divya for showing this:)

  12. Even inspite of the discoloration, some look so pretty (the one in the end especially).
    India is lucky to have a rich history…I have always been amazed with our forts and their detailed works!

    • Oh yeah, that was what I thought too. Although some parts of those ceilings did seem to have had some restoration, I was amazed that that much colour was still there after all these years.

      Our ancient art and architecture are truly amazing.

      Thank you, Alok.

  13. Beautiful murals between the amazing carvedpillars.

  14. Well captured. Nice post and different perspective of Lepakshi.

  15. Majestic and rich in culture! Fascinating art! I so want to go there now!

    • Isn’t it?
      A lot of the murals on those ceilings have lost colour so you really don’t know what they are talking about. Some however seem to have been re-done.
      But it’s nice to see some originals there. More than anything, it’s nice to see some painting up on the ceiling. I hope you get to see them sometime, Raj. 🙂

  16. How beautiful are these! Can’t we include more art and love in our every day lives today?

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