According to legend, the Sri Kalahasti Temple, located around thirty six kilometers away from Tirupati, is where Kannappa, one of the 63 Saivite Nayanars prepared to cover the blood flowing from the Linga with his eyes. However, Lord Shiva intervened by stopping and granting mukti to him. Constructed under the aegis of the Vijayanagara and Chola dynasty, the Sri Kalahasti Temple is one of the most revered and important Shiva temples in South India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Kalahasteeswara, an incarnation of Lord Shiva depicting the wind or Vayu as it is called. Well known for its Vayu Linga, the temple is also associated with two of the nine celestial bodies – Rahu and Ketu. According to religious texts and interpretation, people who are under the influence of the Rahu Ketu or Sarpa Dosha, face numerous hardships and problems in their lives. Those wishing to rid themselves of this affliction, offer prayers here, especially on Sundays and Tuesdays, as these days are considered the best for the puja. The popularity of the temple can be gauged by the number of people from all over the world who come here to offer their prayers and ask for boons.
The Sri Kalahasti Temple is also known for its architecture, the highlights being the Mantapam (a hall) with a hundred pillars and the three Gopurams (doorways)
|Overview||God Lovers |
|Entry Fee||No Entry fee to enter the temple. 300 per person for Rahu Kethu Sarpa Dosha Nirvana puja (done in the outer courtyard) 750 per person for Rahu Kethu Sarpa Dosha Nirvana puja (done in the outer courtyard) 1|
|Timings||All days of the week 5:00 AM - 12:00 PM4:00 PM - 9:00 PM |
|Visit Duration||1 hour |