Srikalahasti Temple is a very famous Shiva temple situated in the province of Andhra Pradesh in India. It is a standout amongst the most understood temples of South India and is known for being where Kannappa joyfully sacrificed both of his eyes to stop the blood streaming out of the Shiva Lingam and he kept doing likewise so long till the time, he was not ceased by Lord Shiva.
After the rate Lord Shiva being content with his commitment gave him salvation. Kannappa additionally called Kannappa Nayanar and one of the 63 holy people and the enthusiast of Lord Shiva.
This temple is known for having one of the Panchabhoota Sthalams, Vayu Linga which speaks to the wind. Other than that, the temple is additionally considered as Dakshina Kasi and Rahu-Ketu-Kshetra.
The inside of the temple was worked during the fifth century while the external part was worked by Vijayanagara and Chola rulers in the twelfth century.
Master Shiva, he is revered as Kalahasteeswara as Vayu. There is a considerable measure to investigate about theirs, a standout amongst the most devout spots of the immense nation India.
Srikalahasti temple pooja timings are from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
How to reach temple from Tirupati Bus Station:
- Direct buses to Srikalahasthi are accessible from tirupathi Central bus stand.
- S.R.T.C Buses which goes Gudur, Sulurpet, Naidupet goes through Srikalahasthi.
- It takes 1 hour to travel from Tirupathi Busstand to the temple.
- The approximate driving distance between Tirupathi Bus Stand to the temple is 36.5 km or 11.8 miles.
- APSRTC buses are available from Tirupathi.
- It also operates a special package called Yathra Darsinin and Divyadarsini.
- Private taxis are also available for this temple.
How to reach temple from Tirupati Railway Station:
- It takes 1 hour to travel from Tirupathi railway station to Temple.
- The approximate driving distance between Tirupathi railway station to Chandragiri fort is 36.8 km.
- APSRTC buses are also available from Tirupathi bus stand.
- Private taxis are also available for this site.
How to reach temple from Tirupati Airport(Renigunta) Station:
- It takes 40 minutes to travel from Tirupathi Airport to Temple.
- The approximate driving distance between Tirupathi Airport to the temple is 26.1 km.
- Private taxis are also available for this site.
Sri Krishnadevaraya assembled a huge gopuram in 1516, a few feet away from the entrance to the temple. The entrance to the temple is delegated with a smaller tower. There is an underground Ganapati holy place in the external Prakaram, while in the deepest Prakaram are the altars of Shiva and Parvati. This old gopuram over the principal door, which is 36.5 meters (120 feet) high and the whole temple is carved.
The present structure of the temple is an establishment of the Cholas of the tenth century, as affirmed by engravings; upgrades and increments were made amid the consequent years of the Chola leaders of Tamilnadu and the Vijayanagar emperors.
Srikalahasti got its name in light of the fact that in days of yore a creepy Spider (Sri), Snake (Kala) and elephant (hasti) elephant adored Shiva with awesome dedication A spider lived in the internal sanctum and adored the Lord by weaving elaborate temples and pictures of Shiva.
One day a breeze came up and caused the sacred place fire to wreck the creepy Spider offerings. It became angry and was going to swallow down the fire, (understand the Self) jeopardizing its (ego’s) life. Keen to its dedication, Shiva showed up and conceded the Spider a shelter. The Spider requested moksha, discharge from the cycle of births and deaths. Appropriately it wound up one with Shiva, the Self.
A cobra loved Lord Shiva by offering uncommon jewels, pearls, and rubies that it brought from Nagaland, a legendary place where Nagas (serpents) abide. Serpents are one of India’s most obvious images of the profound energy of the Self.
The profound energy of the Self, called Kundalini, the dormant power of Consciousness, is covered up oblivious openings of the oblivious like a snake concealed profound inside the earth. After the snake had adored, an elephant, straight from its cleansing shower in the adjacent waterway, came to revere.
In readiness it showered the holy place with water from its trunk, dissipating the pearls. It at that point continued to design the sacrificial table with leaves from a blessed tree. At the point when the Cobra returned it was infuriated to see its offerings slighted and supplanted by simple clears out.
So it supplanted the leaves with pearls. This act rehashed itself consistently until the point that the cobra progressed toward becoming encouraged up and chose to rebuff whoever was wrecking its offerings.
At the point when the elephant came back to venerate with its leaves the cobra crawled up its trunk and infused its venom. In misery, the elephant dashed its head on the stone sacrificial table trying to murder the snake. The snake dropped out of the storage compartment and kicked the bucket from its injuries and the elephant surrendered to the toxic substance.
Understanding that both had relinquished their lives for their adoration for the Lord, Shiva revived them, gave them freedom and brought them into his own body. At the foot of the linga, one can see an insect, two elephant tusks, and a five-headed (the five components) serpent to help the lover to remember these demonstrations of preeminent dedication.