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* 1 Feb 2022
Veerabhadra Temple, Lepakshi village, Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh
Veerabhadra Temple, Lepakshi village
- The temple is built on a tortoise-shaped rocky hill called Kurmasailam, meaning 'Tortoise Hill' in Telugu.

- The temple is thought by many to have been built between 1530 and 1545 by Virupanna and Veeranna, two ambitious brothers who were governors under the Vijayanagara Empire during the reign of King Achyuta Deva Raya.

- Virupanna, the treasurer built the temple when the king was away on campaign.  The enraged king on finding his treasury emptied, ordered to punish Virupanna.  Unable to understand the king's fury, Virupanna carried out the king's order and blinded himself.  There are two red blotches in the unfinished kalyana mandapam which is said to represent the blood from his eyes.

- There is a dance hall with 70 pillars.  One of the corner pillar does not touch the ground, so that a piece of paper or cloth can be inserted underneath on one side and drawn out the other and hence is known as the 'hanging pillar'.

However, it is a slightly dislodged from its original position it is said that during the British era, a British engineer tried to move it in an unsuccessful attempt to uncover the secret of its support. Needless to add, neither the curious British engineer (identity unknown) nor anyone after him have been able to explain the mystery of how the hanging pillar at the Lepakshi temple was crafted.

* Jul 2021
Tirumalai Tirupathi - Some beliefs
It is believed & accepted that all flowers that bloom in Tirupati is for the Lord's worship & hence there is a practice that no women adorn their hair with flowers while in Tirumala. There is a habit of giving the flowers used to worship the Lord to devotees as prasadam in all temples. But in Tirupati, there are no idols or images of any God other than Srinivasa. So all the flowers are offered to him in the name of other Gods too. Hence these flowers are not the prasada of Lord Srinivasa alone & hence are not offered to devotees as his prasadam. Ramanujar created the habit of placing these flowers in a well (Poonginaru - Poo - flower; Kinaru - well) near the sannadhi.

The flowers for the Thomaala (Thol Maalai) & Poolaangi (Poovaadai) sevais are formed into garlands at a place called Yamunaathurai. It is located near the spot where the ladoos are prepared. A devotee of the Lord Yamunachaariyaar (also known as Aalavandaar) used to collect flowers, make beautiful garlands & offer them to the Lord. The king Anantharaayan was impressed with his devotion. Seeing him suffer in an old hut, he created a mandapam for him. To date, garlands are being made in this mandapam.

* Jul 2021
Nava Nandis at Nandyal, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh
- Prathama Nandi is situated upon a high soil base very nearer to Nandyal railway station.
- Naga Nandi is inside Anjaneya temple, which is located very near the Nandyal bus stand.
- Soma Nandi is towards east of Nandyal (almost inside Nandyal town), very near the upcoming Jagajanani temple
- Surya Nandi is located on the road to Mahanandi.
- Shiva Nandi: Approximately 13 km away from Nandyal on the road to Mahanandi, near Thimmavaram village.
- Vishnu (Krishna) Nandi is located on the road to Mahanandi, 2 miles before Mahanandi
- Garuda Nandi is located just before the Mahanandi Temple after crossing the Big Nandi Statue.
- Mahanandi Temple with natural springs (pushkarini)
- Vinayaka Nandi is situated towards northwest of Mahanandi Temple. It is a small temple located to left of the exit Gopuram.