Hanging Pillar of Lepakshi temple, Andhra Pradesh
This is the famed Hanging Column or Pillar of Lepakshi temple, located in Anantapur district in southern Andhra Pradesh. “This is the pillar which does not rest on the ground ”. There are about 70 pillars at this fabulous 16th-century temple of stone in Vijayanagar style, but this one is the best known and a tribute to the engineering genius of ancient and medieval India’s temple builders. This one hangs from the ceiling. The base of the pillar barely touches the ground and is possible to pass objects such as a thin sheet of paper or a piece of cloth from one side to the other. However, it is a bit 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.
Visitors can pass objects such as paper, towel, etc in the gap between temple floor and the bottom of the pillar !! People who come to the temple strongly believe that passing objects under the pillar brings them prosperity and peace of mind.
Things like these make India Incredible. 🙂