|Sri Kalahasteeswara Swamy Temple, Srikalahasti|
Srikalahasti is one of the ancient holy places of our country. It is believed that many saints attained 'mukthi' (Salvation) at this unique and important Sivakshetra. The presiding deity of this punyakshetra is Srikalahastheeswara. The Sivalinga of Srikalahasthi is one of the five supreme lingas representing the five great fundamental elements namely Fire, Water, Air, Sky and Earth. The lord appears here in his self-manifested form. Among the Panchabhuta lingas, Srikalahastheeswara is worshipped here as Vayulingeeswara. When all the lamps in the sanctum glow steadily, one can notice two lamps flickering now and then, proving the Lord's inhalation and exhalation.
Srikalahastheeswara swamy temple is 40 kms away from Tirupati, situated on the Tirupati-Nellore Highway. It is also known as 'Dakshina Kailasa' and 'Dakshina Kasi'. Amongst the most sacred Shivite temples, the temple of Srikalahastheeswara has a unique position. According to history, the temple was built during the Pallava and Chola period. The temple architecture is rich and splendid. The name Srikalahasthi is a compound of three names. 'Sri' meaning spider, 'Kala' meaning serpent and 'Hasti' means elephant. They worshipped Lord Siva and attained salvation. It is stated that when the lord appeared before them and asked them to express their wish, they requested him that the place be named after them. The marks of all these three are found on the Linga, which is claimed to be Swayambhu (Self-manifested), thus making it all the more sacred. The kavacha (armour) adorning the Lord is stated to have all the Navagrahas on it. Once upon a time a hunter worshipped the lord. It so happened that the Lord's eyes began to bleed profusely and the 'hunter-devotee' spontaneously plucked his own eyes with an arrow and placed them on the Linga. This act of absolute surrender and devotion, earned him the name - 'Bhakta Kannappa'. The river Swarnamukhi which flows on the northern side of the temple adds to its beauty and sanctity. The presiding Goddess here is 'Sri Gnana Prasoonambika' - the flower of divine knowledge. Besides being a 'vara prasadini' (wish fulfiller) she is also 'gnana prasadini' (knowledge provider). On Fridays, the resplendent sight of the Divine Mother, when she is clad in 'Bangaru Pavada' (Golden Robe) permeates the heart of an ardent devotee and fully satisfies ones tender longings to behold the 'Lokamatha' (Mother of the world) within these mortal eyes.
The other deities installed in the temple
'Sri Pathala Vinayaka', 'Sri Balambika', 'Sri Kalimatha' outside the shrine and 'Lord Saneeswara', 'Bezawada Kanakadurga', 'Lord Venkateswara', 'Lord Subrahmanya', 'Sri Kasi Visweswara', 'Sri Ramalingeswara' & 'Sri Dakshinamurthy' inside the shrine make it a complete Pilgrimage. Also 'Sri Saraswathi Theeram' commonly known as the 'Pathala Ganga' is inside the temple. According to the Puranas, the holy water of this well relieves devotees from chronic diseases and physical deformities. Thus a visit to Srikalahastheeswara swamy temple to offer prayers by a devotee makes it equivalent to visiting all the other punyakshetras of great importance in India.
The Sivarathri Brahmotsavam is a 12-day festival of great importance that attracts lakhs of people from various parts of our country. Mahasivarathri, Nandi Seva, Lingodbhavam, Rathotsavam, Teppotsavam & Sri Swami-Ammavarla Kalyanotsavam are the important aspects of this festival.
On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 am to 9 pm and on other days fom 6 am to 9.30pm.
Rahu Ketu Sarpadosha Nivarana Puja
Daily from 6 am to 8.30 pm in batches.
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v Every day four times Abhishekams are performed to Lord Kalahasteeswara and Goddess Gnana Prasunambika in this sacred Temple, renowned as 'Kailasa of the South'.
v Morning: 7.30, 9.30 and 10.30
Daily four times, Rudrabhishekam is performed to the Lord and the Goddess with Rudraparayanam. Devotees can participate in this abhishekam on payment of Rs. 500/-.
This is another abhishekam offered to the Lord and the Goddess. Devotees can participate in this abhishekam on payment of Rs. 100 (two liters of milk should be brought by the devotees). They will be given tirtha prasada.
This is an important abhishekam offered to the Lord and His consort. Devotees can take part in this abhishekam on payment of Rs. 300.
This is a highly sacred seva. Devotees can perform Sahasranamarchana to the Lord and the Goddess on payment of Rs. 200/-.
This abhishekam is offered to Lord Saniswara in the temple of Sri Kalahasteeswara - Sri Gnana Prasunambika temple. Devotees can take part in the abhishekam on payment of Rs. 150/-.
Rahu-Ketu sarpadosha nivarana puja
Rahu Ketu Sarpadosha Nivarana puja is a highly efficacious puja conducted in the temple of Sri Kalahasteeswara, reputed as Rahu-Ketu kshetra. Those who are affected by Rahu-Ketu doshas, Grahadoshas, sarva doshas, those who are unmarried, who are childless and people who are affected with long-standing problems perform this unique puja to remove such doshas and get desired result. Thousands of devotees, who received good results after performing this puja, come from all corners of India and abroad and continue to fulfil their vows again and again.
Every day Nitya Kalyana seva is offered to Sri SivaParvati along with abhishekam to the Lord on payment of Rs. 500/-.
Unjal seva is a special seva offered to the Lord and the Goddess on every Pournami (full moon) day. The seva is conducted in the four-pillar mantapam in the Achutaraya mantapam (Kata Mantapam) within the temple precincts on an elegantly decorated unjal (swing). To perform this seva in which the Lord and the Goddess are adorned with precious ornaments for seven weeks, the devotees may make an endowment of Rs. 5,000. Unjal seva is an ideal seva where the devotees can offer service to the Lord and the Goddess with their own hands.
Nandi seva is another grand seva performed in Sri Kalahasteeswaraswamy temple. Devotees who pay a fee of Rs. 6,500/- can perform this seva on any day, they desire. Abhishekam will be done in their name besides giving tirtha and annaprasadas. The Divine Couple is taken out on specially decorated Silver Nandi and Simha Vahanam in procession at night.
There is no gift superior to Annadanam (donating food). To provide food to the poor and hungry is a noble tradition followed by us since the Vedic times. 'Annadata Sukhibhava' say the ancients. One who performs this sacred service receives several crores of merits.
Sri Gnanaprasunambika devi Nityannadana scheme was set up in Sri Kalahasteeswara swami temple to provide free and hygienic meals to the pilgrims visiting the temple. Not less than 200 pilgrims are provided with free meals under the scheme every day.
Annadanam is offered on the interest accrued on the endowment made by the devotees in their name on any day they prefer. Devotees can send any amount not less than Rs. 1,116/-. Every year on a day Annadanam is performed in the name of the donor on the interest accrued on the endowment.
Those who donate a sum of Rs. 50,000 will be honoured as Maharaja Poshakas. Those who donate Rs. 25,000 will be honoured as Raja Poshakas. Those who contribute Rs. 10,000 will be honoured as Poshakas. Those who donate Rs. 5,000 will be regarded as bhakta sikhamanis. Those who contribute an amount less than mentioned above will be considered as donors.
All donations may be sent to the Executive Officer, Sri Kalahasteeswara Swami Temple Devasthanam, Sri Kalahasti by way of D.D. drawn from any bank.
Sacred places in and around Srikalahasthi
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APSRTC has buses plying very frequently (every ½ hour) from Tirupati. It also operates a special package called Yathra darsini & Divyadarsini.
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It is claimed that a visit to this holy shrine world makes an ardent devotee earn 'peace', 'happiness' and 'prosperity' as it is also a sacred place of Rahu Ketu. This place is also known as Satyavrata Bhaskara Kshetram, Sadyomukti Kshetram and Sivanandaika Nilayam. This place has received tremendous popularity in the able supervision and administration of the present Executive Officer Sri B Rama Rao and the guidance of the Board of Trustees headed by Chairman, Kondugari Sri Ramamurthy, the other members being PJ Chandraiah, Muni Ranga Reddy, Renuka Devi, Gangaiah, Chandra Babu Naidu, Venkata Krishnaiah, Venkatakrishna and Venkatramana Reddy.
Sri Kalahastheeswara institute of technology
Sri Kalahastheeswara Institute of Technology, (referred as SKIT), came into existence under the sponsorship of Srikalahastheeswara Swamyvari Devasthanam Educational Society, under the initiative of Hon'ble Minister & Local M.L.A Sri B. Gopala Krishna Reddy along with the active support of the then Trust Board Members of Sri Kalahasteeswaraswamy vari Devasthanam.
It started during the academic year 1997-1998, with following Branches (I) Mechanical Engineering, (2) Electrical & Electronics Engineering, (3) Electronics & Communication Engineering and (4) Computer Science Engineering with an intake of 60 seats in each branch.