Legends say that Lord Shiva and Parvati were married on the very
spot where the Kalyana Mantapa stands. To the south of the main shrine is a huge Nagalingam, standing on a granite block, shrouded
by a seven-headed cobra, magnificently carved out of rock. The monolithic Nandi near the Veerabhadra temple is another remarkable
feature. Carved out of a single rock, 4.5m high and 8.23m long, this Nandi is created in beautiful life-like detail.
There is more than one story or a legend attributed to the origin of this place. Some say that the name Lepakshi was given to the
village when Lord Rama, asked Jatayuvu, the mythological bird who was injured, to “le-Pakshi” i.e. “get up”.
Another story goes that in ancient times, the village was used for the preparation of “Akshi Lepam” i.e. eye make-up,
hence the name. For those who are content with any version, it is the treasures of Lepakshi that allure one to its sites.
Really, it doesn't matter if you believe the stories that are attached to these places. The bottom line is that amazing skill
and art is exhibited on open grounds for anyone to see and appreciate.