Sri Kalahastiswara, Sri Kalahasti

Location

Sri Kalahasti is at a distance of 35 kilometers from Tirupati and is an ancient place on the banks of Suvarnamukhi.

History behind the name of Srikalahasti

Sri Means Spider, kala means Serpent, hasti means elephant. A spider wove its web on a Siva linga. A serpent swept the web away and worshipped the God with gemstones.

When an Elephant brought water in its trunk and bathes the Siva linga the gemstones were washed away. In the sequence of this worship the web was washed away, the spider died.

The Angry snake crawled into the elephant’s trunk. The afflicted elephant hit its head against a boulder and died. The snake also died along with the elephant. As all these creatures died in the course of showing their devotion they attained oneness with God.

This holy place emerged in the name of these devoted creatures. That is SRI KALAHASTI.

Great Devotee- Bhakta Kannappa

Huntsmen called Kannappa filled his mouth with water and emptied it in oblation (a thing presented or offered to God) on the GOD, offered him meat of a pig and were very happy.

Sri Kalahastiswara wanted to test his devotee. He feigned (simulated or pretended) a bleeding eye, Kannappa replaced the God’s bleeding eyes with his own eyes which he plucked out; he won fame as a great devotee and achieved immortality as Bhakta Kannappa.

Krishna Devaraya & Dhoorjati

Dhoorjati – one of the great poets of Sri Krishna Devaraya’s court belonged to Sri Kalahasti.

Sri Krishna Devaraya built the big tower and the hundred pillared pavilion. This tower which was built as a token of his victory of the eastern region has crumbled. It is being built again.

Rahu and Ketu Pooja

This place is famous for Rahu and Ketu and as the place where theses planetary deities are appeased. Sani Deva- the planetary deity Saturn is also worshipped here along with Rahu and Ketu.

Pallavas made a cave pavilion richly adorned with sculptures here. It is called Nataraja Mandapam.

Gnana Prasunamba – GIVER OF WISDOM

The goddess here is Gnana Prasunamba – Giver of Wisdom one can see this after entering into the temple

The image of God Dakshina Murty appears as one enters the temple. The Siva lingas installed Akkanna and Madanna on both sides of the south tower are beautiful to look at Sri Kalahasti is referred to as Mummadi Cholapuram in the sasanas.

Idols

This temple has a beautiful metal figure of Rajaraja Chola’s queen Nabirattiyar Cholamadeviyar.

There are beautiful images of Sundara Nayanar, Kannappa Nayanar and 63 other nayanars, also Kettan Adittan(male) Kaliyanvai(female) figures and festival idols of deities which enhance the splendour of the temple.

List of Sevas

S.No Name of the seva/ utsavams No. of  Persons Seva Time        Days Amount for each Ticket
1 Gopooja           1  5.00 AM,10.00 AM, 4.00 pm, 6.00 PM       Every Day 50
2 Special Entrance           1  5.00 AM to 9.00 PM       Every Day 50
3 Special Entrance(Inside temple)           1  5.00 AM to 9.00 PM       Every Day 50
4 Ashtothara Archana           1  6.00 AM to 7.00 PM       Every Day 25
5 Sahasra Nama Archana           1  10.00 AM to 5.00 PM       Every Day 400
6 Milk Abishekam(2L By hand)           1  6.00 AM,7.00 AM, 12.00 PM,5.00 PM       Every Day 100
7 Pacha Karpura Abhishekam           1  6.00 AM,7.00 AM, 12.00 PM,5.00 PM       Every Day 100
8 Rudraabhishekam           2 6.00 AM,7.00 AM, 12.00 PM,5.00 PM       Every Day 1000
9 Sri Seneswara Swami Abhishekam           1  10.00 AM to 5.00 PM       Every Day 150
10 Panchamrutha Abhishekam           1  6.00 AM,7.00 AM, 12.00 PM,5.00 PM       Every Day 300
11 Sri Ammavari Unjala Seva           1  6.00 PM          Friday 58
12 Vivaha Katnam       200
13 Akanda Deeparadhana Katnam           1  6.00 PM       Every Day 200
14 Nityothsavam           1  8.30 AM       Every Day 58
15 Pradosha Nandi Seva           1  5.30 PM        Every Trayodasi 120
16 Ekanta Seva           1  9.00 PM       Every Day 100
17 Suprabhata Seva           1  5.00 AM       Every Day 50
18 Vahana Pooja     Big Vehicle         Every Day 100
19 Vahana Pooja     Small Vehicle         Every Day 20
20 Sarpadosha (Rahu-Kethu) Nivarana Pooja            2 6.00 AM to 5.30 PM       Every Day 300
21 Sp.Sarpa Dosha Pooja (Rahu-Kethu)            2 6.00 AM to 5.30 PM       Every Day 750
22 Sp.Sarpa Dosha Pooja (Rahu-Kethu)            2 6.00 AM to 5.30 PM       Every Day 1500
23 Sp.Sarpa Dosha Pooja (Rahu-Kethu)            2 6.00 AM to 5.30 PM       Every Day 2500
24 Nitya Kalyanothsavam            2 10.30 AM       Every Day 501
25 Rudra Homam            2 10.30 AM       Every Day 1116
26 Chandi Homam            2 10.30 AM       Every Day 1116
27 Swarna Kamalarchana            2 4.30 PM       Every Day 1000
28 Mahanyasa Purvaka Rudraabishekam            2 4.00 PM       Every Day 1500