Srikalahasti Temple is located in the town of Srikalahasti, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is one of the most famous Shiva temples in South India. Srikalahasti derives its name from his ardent devotees :-
1 . Spider called sri
2 . Serpent called kala
3 . Elephant called Hasti
Srikalahasti temple, situated 36 km away from Tirupati is famous for its Vayu linga, one of the Panchabhoota Sthalams, representing wind. The temple is also regarded as Rahu-Ketu kshetra and Dakshina Kasi. The inner temple was constructed around 5th century and the outer temple was constructed in the 12th century by the Chola kings and the Vijayanagara kings. Lord Shiva in his aspect as Vayu is worshiped as Kalahasteeswara.
Story About Srikalahasti
Srikalahasti got its name because in days of yore a spider (sri), serpent (kala) and elephant (hasti) elephant worshipped Shiva with great devotion. A spider lived in the inner sanctum and worshipped the Lord by weaving elaborate temples and images of Shiva. One day a breeze came up and caused the altar fire to destroy the spider’s offerings. It became angry and was about to gulp down the flame, (realize the Self) endangering its (ego’s) life. Appreciative of its devotion, Shiva appeared and granted the spider a boon. The spider requested moksha, release from the cycle of births and deaths. Accordingly it became one with Shiva, the Self.
During the early days of creation, Lord Vayu performed penance for thousands of years to “Karpoora lingam” (Karpooram means camphor). Pleased with his penance, Lord Shiva granted him three boons that are universal presence , integral part of every Jiva , naming Karpoora Lingam after Lord Vayu. Further ,all Suras, Asuras, Garuda, Gaandharvas, Kinneras, kimpurushas, Siddhas, Saadhvis, humans and others will worship this Lingam. Thereafter, this Karpoora Vayu Lingam is worshipped by all Lokas (worlds).
SIGNIFICANCE OF SRI KALAHASTI TEMPLE
This temple is celebrated for worshipping Lord Shiva, for him being embodiment of one of the five primary elements in the form of water, fire, earth, space and air. Sri Kalahasti temple is famous for the element air and the other four which are Chidambaram (Space), Kanchipuram (Earth), Tiruvanaikkaval (Water) and Tiruvannamalai (Fire). This temple is among some of the very famous and honoured religious places of the South. Sri kalahasti temple commands special respect particularly by the devotees of Lord Shiva. The fervent Purana and the well-off architecture make it a great experience for the devotees. Visiting this sacrosanct religious place, besides giving a heavenly experience also liberates the devotees from fault in their planetary orientations
The initial structure of this temple was constructed by the Pallava dynasty in the 5th century. Like other great temples, the construction period of Srikalahasthi temple lasted centuries. Around the 10th century, the Chola kings renovated the temple and constructed the main structure.The temple received contributions from various ruling dynasties like Cholas and Vijayanagar Empire. The hundred pillared hall with intricate carvings was commissioned during the regime of Krishnadeva Raya during 1516 AD.
The 120 feet (37 m) high main gopuram and the 100 pillar mandapam were constructed by Krishnadevaraya, the Vijayanagara king in 1516. The presiding image of Shiva in the form of Linga is made of white stone in a shape resembling trunk of elephant. The temple faces south, while the sanctum faces west. The temple is located on the foothills of a hill, while there is also a belief that the temple was carved out of a monolithic hill. There is a rock cut shrine of Vinayaka, 9 ft (2.7 m) below the ground level. Vallaba Ganapathi, Mahalakshmi-Ganpathi and Sahasra Lingeswara are some of the rare images found in the temple. There is a large shrine of Jnanaprasanammba, the consort of Kalahatisvara. There are smaller shrines in the temple for Kasi Viswanatha, Annapurna, Suryanarayana, Sadyoganapathi and Subramanya. There are two large halls namely Sadyogi Mandapa and Jalkoti Mandapa. There are two water bodies associated with the namely, Surya Pushkarani and Chandra Pushkarani
Temple opens at 6:30 am in early morning and closes at 9:30 pm at night.
Sarvadoshas Pooja/ Sarpdosha/ Grahadoshas/ Rahu-Ketu
A person who has fault in the planetary positions of Rahu-Ketu has often a life full of worries and stress and he/she goes through many ups and downs in financial, personal and official issues. And the person may be laden with many problems and not able to figure out the cause for the same. The issue can only be found out by a professional astrologer and the person is surely found to be gripped with Kaal Sarp Yoga. The best treatment for the problem is the Sarpdosh Puja performed at the Sri Kalahasti temple where the puja can be performed in the presence of Lord Shiva. In the presence of Lord Shiva, the problem gets obliterate because of his divine power and enlightens every aspect of the person’s presence.
1. Rs. 300 Ticket: For the people availing this ticket the pooja will be done in a large hall present outside the premises of the temple.
2. Rs. 750 Ticket: The Pariharam Pooja is done in this case, in the nearby place to the main temple inside an air-conditioned hall consisting of the Shiva Sannishi.
3. Rs. 1500 Ticket: This one is the VIP tickets of all the three and in this case the Pariharam Pooja will be done inside the temple.
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