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.NoName of the seva/ utsavamsNo. of  PersonsSeva Time       DaysAmount for each Ticket
1Gopooja          1 5.00 AM,10.00 AM, 4.00 pm, 6.00 PM      Every Day50
2Special Entrance          1 5.00 AM to 9.00 PM      Every Day50
3Special Entrance(Inside temple)          1 5.00 AM to 9.00 PM      Every Day50
4Ashtothara Archana          1 6.00 AM to 7.00 PM      Every Day25
5Sahasra Nama Archana          1 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM      Every Day400
6Milk Abishekam(2L By hand)          1 6.00 AM,7.00 AM, 12.00 PM,5.00 PM      Every Day100
7Pacha Karpura Abhishekam          1 6.00 AM,7.00 AM, 12.00 PM,5.00 PM      Every Day100
8Rudraabhishekam          26.00 AM,7.00 AM, 12.00 PM,5.00 PM      Every Day1000
9Sri Seneswara Swami Abhishekam          1 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM      Every Day150
10Panchamrutha Abhishekam          1 6.00 AM,7.00 AM, 12.00 PM,5.00 PM      Every Day300
11Sri Ammavari Unjala Seva          1 6.00 PM         Friday58
12Vivaha Katnam   200
13Akanda Deeparadhana Katnam          1 6.00 PM      Every Day200
14Nityothsavam          1 8.30 AM      Every Day58
15Pradosha Nandi Seva          1 5.30 PM       Every Trayodasi120
16Ekanta Seva          1 9.00 PM      Every Day100
17Suprabhata Seva          1 5.00 AM      Every Day50
18Vahana Pooja    Big Vehicle       Every Day100
19Vahana Pooja    Small Vehicle       Every Day20
20Sarpadosha (Rahu-Kethu) Nivarana Pooja           26.00 AM to 5.30 PM      Every Day300
21Sp.Sarpa Dosha Pooja (Rahu-Kethu)           26.00 AM to 5.30 PM      Every Day750
22Sp.Sarpa Dosha Pooja (Rahu-Kethu)           26.00 AM to 5.30 PM      Every Day1500
23Sp.Sarpa Dosha Pooja (Rahu-Kethu)           26.00 AM to 5.30 PM      Every Day2500
24Nitya Kalyanothsavam           210.30 AM      Every Day501
25Rudra Homam           210.30 AM      Every Day1116
26Chandi Homam           210.30 AM      Every Day1116
27Swarna Kamalarchana           24.30 PM      Every Day1000
28Mahanyasa Purvaka Rudraabishekam           24.00 PM      Every Day1500