Jatayur finally died while resisting. Face down in a temple on the surface. The Ramayana tells us that when Ravana took Sita, the old bird Jatayu resisted him. Jatayu was seriously injured by Ravana’s sword while stopping the chariot in the sky and fell face down in a temple on the surface. Jatayu lived with the excruciating agony of death until Sri Rama came to him. Before his death he met Ramachandra, then Ramachandra told him – ‘Le-Pakshi’.
Hence the name of this temple of Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh in Le-pakshi. Means a bird in Telugu, stand up. It is said that the incident described in Ramayana happened in Le-pakshi. The place is also known as Le-pakashi.
This Lepakshi Temple described in Ramayana was built in 1538 in memory of Jatayu. Built in the 16th century, the structure of this temple is in the Vijayanagara style. The temple was built by two brothers Veeranna and Veerupanna, councilors of Vijayanagara Raj. Then it was named Birbhadra temple or popularly known as Lepakshi Temple. However, according to Purana, this temple was built by Agastya Muni.