The high ceilings of Lepakshi are bedecked with Murals (ceiling paintings), depicting various mythological scenes from the Epics and the Puranas. The Lepakshi Murals are a proof of the exemplary artwork of the Vijayanagar period. The paintings belong to the15th century and are quite well known among art lovers. The Fresco technique of mural painting was adopted, and the source of colors were the naturally occurring dyes present in vegetables and flowers. Though some of the paintings have retained its bright colors, most of them have become less vibrant and lustrous or vanished. Sad but true, the paintings are failing the test of time and need some serious restoration measures.The panels are bordered by floral patterns, mostly in black, while the background color of the paintings is orange red.
|Builders of Lepakshi-Brothers Virupanna and Viranna (right)|
|Virupanna's Assistants and Advisers|
|Vatapatrasayi - Baby Krishna sucking his toe and lying on Banyan Leaf|
|Marriage of Draupadi with Arjuna|
|Arjuna shooting the fish eye with bow and arrow|
|Draupadi on her father Drupad's lap and Kalabhairava|
The above three pictures form the panel depicting the Swayamvara of Draupadi, the daughter of the Panchala king Drupada.Amongst all he contenders, it was only Arjuna, who shot the eye of the wooden fish fixed on a revolving wheel, while looking at the reflection in the water below and the consequent marriage of Draupadi with Arjuna.
|Parvati (in green) with her maids getting ready for the wedding|
|Sadashiva, Vishnu, Ladies, Himavantha and MeenaDevi|
|Shiva and Parvati with Brahma (priest) and Ashtadikpalakas|
The above four pictures form the panels depicting Lord Shiva's marriage shows Goddess Parvati in the company of her maidens. The hairstyles and costumes (clothing and ornaments) worn by the maidens are worthy being noted. The maidens are bare on their upper half. The panel shows Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Lord Brahma, the priest of the wedding and the Ashtadikpalakas.
|Story of Manu Needhi Cholan|
|The calf is seen under the chariot (left)|
|Shiva and Parvati on the bull, King, Queen, the Cow and Calf|
|Lord Shiva in the form of Ardhanareeshwara|
|Ravana asking for Help from a Shepherd (Lord Ganesha in Disguise)|