Sri Kalahasti Temple

Sri Kalahasti Temple:

Srikalahasti temple is a very famous Shiva temple located in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. It is one of the most well known temples of South India. Vayu is incarnated as a Lord Shiva and Worshipped as Kalahastheeswara. This can be seen from the other miraculous feature of Srikalahasti Temple – the Vayu-linga. In the temple there is lamp which a wavering flame throughout day and night without any traces of wind to facilitate its flickering. This indicates the presence of Lord Vayu. The Shiva linga is of white colour and is said to be self-manifested- Swayambhu. Goddess Parvathi Devi is worshiped as Gnanaprasunambika. This temple is also considered as “Dakshina Kasi and Rahu-ketu-Kshetra”. The main lingam is not touched even by the priest, even till date it remains untouched. Hence, abhishekam is not offered to the main lingam but the holy mixture of water, milk, sandalwood, flowers, camphor and other key ingredients are offered to the Utsava murthi.

The Kalahastheswara temple is built on the banks of the river Swarnamukhi. This temple is constructed for worshipping Lord Shiva, for him being embodiment of one of the five primary elements in the form of water, fire, earth, space, air. Srikalahasti 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. Rahu-ketu Pooja is very famous in Sri Kalahasti. Rahu-ketu Pooja will be performed during Rahu Kalam timings.

Sri Kalahasti is named after the great devotees of Lord Shiva. They were Spider(Sri), The Serpent(Kala) and the Elephant(Hasti). For their pleased devotion, Lord shiva gave them a boon that their names be merged with the vayu linga and called as Sri Kalahasteeswara

Sri Kalahasti Temple History:

According to Indian mythology, the temple was named after 3 great devotees of the Lord, the snake, spider and elephant. The Spider(Sri) his web built a thick web in the form of temple and the walls of shrine in order to worship Lord Shiva. The spider protects deity from external damage by weaving his web and continuously worships Lord Shiva. One-day Lord Shiva tried to test spider, and burnt the temple built by its web using lamp. By looking at this spider went to swallow the lamp, in the meantime Lord Shiva appeared and offered a boon to him. Then the spider wanted to make him without birth. So Lord Shiva agreed to spider and make spider united in him.

The Serpant(Kala) brought precious gems from the underworld and worshipped Shiva every day.

The Elephant(Hasti) used to clean Shiva Linga by carrying water with its trunk and offers Bilva leaves to the Lord Shiva

The elephant throws the gems brought by snake and places Bilva leaves and flowers on top of Shiva Linga and worships the Lord. The next day snake came and see the flowers, throw them and worships Lord Shiva by precious gems. This causes war between them. The snake punishes the elephant by entering its trunk and in the process kills itself, while the elephant runs and hits its trunk and head against Shiva Linga. This Incident Leads to the consequences, the frontal part of Shiva Linga is a five-string snake shaped (Panchamukhi Shakti), the head part of Shiva Linga is in the shape of elephant’s two teeths and the below part of Linga is in the shape of Spider. All these symbolic shapes of Lord Shiva are in the form of “Linga” as a Srikalahastheeswara.

Another legend connected to the glory of the temple. Parvati who was cursed by Lord Shiva to discard her heavenly body and assume the human form. To get rid of the above curse Parvati did a long penance here. Pleased with her deep devotion Lord Shiva again recreated her body a hundred times better than her previous heavenly body and initiated various mantras including the Panchakshari. Consequent to this, Parvati gained fame and came to be known as Shiva-Gnanam Gnana Prasunamba or Gnana Prasunambika Devi.

Sri Kalahasti Temple Timings:

Day Timings
Monday 4:00am – 10:00pm
Tuesday 4:00am – 10:00pm
Wednesday 4:00am – 10:00pm
Thursday 4:00am – 10:00pm
Friday 4:00am – 10:00pm
Saturday 4:00am – 10:00pm

Sri Kalahasti Temple Seva/Pooja Timings

Name of the Pooja/Seva Timings Cost Persons Allowed
Aksharabhyasam 05:30am – 11:54am Rs.216 2
Namakaranam 05:30am – 11:56am Rs.216 2
RahuKethu Pooja 04:00am – 07:00pm Rs.1500 2
RahuKethu Pooja 03:00am – 09:30pm Rs.2500 2
RahuKethu Pooja 03:01am – 10:13pm Rs.5000 2
RahuKethu Pooja 01:49am – 08:46pm Rs.500 2
Saswata Nitya Kalyanam 02:31am – 11:32pm Rs.6000 2
Saswatha Sahasranamarchana 03:26am – 11:26pm Rs.4400 2
Saswatha Trishathi Abhishekam 01:38am – 11:38pm Rs.4000 2
Sri Saneswara Swamy Saswatha Abhisekam 09:30am – 10:30am
05:00pm – 06:02pm
Rs.300 2
Sri Saneswara Swamy Saswatha Abhisekam 04:05am – 11:59pm Rs.4000 2
Sri Swamy Ammavarla Saswatha Abhisekam 03:00am – 10:00pm Rs.10000 2
Sri Valli Devasena Sametha Subramanya Swamy Abisekam 03:44am – 06:44pm Rs.100 2
Vastra katnam 03:13am – 11:39pm Rs.20 1
Ammavari Unjal Seva 07:05pm – 08:06pm Rs.58 1
Ekanta Pooja 09:00pm – 10:00pm Rs.100 1
GoPooja 04:00am – 05:26am Rs.50 1
Chandi Homam 10:00am – 12:30pm Rs.1116 2
Trisathi Archana 10:00am – 11:12am Rs.400 2
Nitya Kalyanam 10:30am – 12:15pm Rs.501 2
Nityothsavam 11:00am – 12:15pm Rs.58 1
Pradosha Nandi Seva 05:30am – 07:30pm Rs.120 1
Mahanyasa Purvaka Ekadasa 03:30pm – 06:00pm Rs.1500 2
Mrityunjaya Japam 10:17am – 12:17pm Rs.216 1
RahuKethu Pooja 05:30am – 05:00pm Rs.750 2
Rudra Homam 10:00am – 12:19pm Rs.1116 2
Vahana Pooja 06:20am – 05:00pm Rs.100 1
Sri Gurudakshina Murthy Abhishekam 05:53am – 11:59am Rs.300 1
Sri Swamy Ammavarla Abhisekam 05:30am – 06:30am
06:31am – 07:31am
09:30am – 10:31pm
Rs.1000 2
Special Ashirvadam 05:30am – 09:31pm Rs.500 2
Swarna Pushpa Archana 04:00pm – 05:00pm Rs.1000 2
Sahsranamarchana 10:00am – 11:00am Rs.400 2
Suprabhatham 04:00am – 06:23am Rs.50 1

Distance Between Tirupati to Sri Kalahasti:

Distance from Tirupati to Sri Kalahasti is 37kms, 0hr 56mns drive.Distance from Chittoor to Srikalahasti is 105kms, 2hrs 15mns drive. Distance from Chennai to Sri Kalahasti is 116kms, 2hrs 36mns drive. Distance from Bangalore to Sri Kalahasti is 281kms, 6hrs 10mns drive

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