Srikalahasti Temple

Srikalahasti Temple

Srikalahasti Temple is located in Chittoor district of the Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh. The temple town of Srikalahasti is popular among devotees who visit the temple along with the highly revered Tirupati Temple, which is just 36 km away. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva is of immense religious importance for Hindus and was constructed in the year 1516 by Krishnadevraya, a king of the Vijayanagara empire. The elaborate structure of the temple complex is a breathtaking view right from the entrance and has intricate carvings of numerous mythological illustrations that one can explore in the divine surroundings. It is often referred to as the Kailasa and Kashi of the south.

Built in 10th Century during the Chola reign and improved during Vijayanagar Empire, Srikalahasti Temple is located about 36 km from Tirumala Temple, on the banks of River Swarnamukhi. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva, in the form of one of the primary elements of nature that is air/Vayu as it is one of the Pancha Bhoota Sthalams, a few temples that worship Lord Shiva as a representation of nature’s prime elements. The holy Vayu-linga in the temple’s sanctum sanctorum is also said to be self-manifested and of having miraculous powers.

Along with this, SriKalahasti Temple is also linked with Rahu and Ketu, two of the nine important celestial bodies of Indian astrological system. Many pilgrims visit here to offer their prayers to Rahu and Ketu, considered be immensely powerful.

Timings : As it is well connected with the temple town of Tirupati and easily accessible by road, most of the devotees on their trip to Tirupati also plan their visit to SriKalahasti temple and seek lord’s blessings. Srikalahasti temple pooja timings are from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Though there is no official site, timings of Srikalahasti Temple for sevas and darshan are easily available online.