A Remote Temple in India, Worth VisitingThe Veerabhadra temple in Lepakshi, India (also simply known as the Lepakshi Temple), isn't the easiest place to get to. It's a 120 km journey north of Bangalore through rural villages. Your best bet for getting there is to hire a driver for the day, as our group of four did.
It's worth the travel effort to see the intricate sculptures created by the artisans of Vijayanagara empire. There are still well preserved ceiling paintings, dating from the 16th century as well as a giant Shiva Lingam and Nandi (or bull) statue nearby.
During the week you'll have the temple mostly to yourself, as we did. It's well worth chatting with one of the temple priests who will tell you about the fascinating history of the temple and offer a blessing for your loved ones.