Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Hara Hara Sankara Jaya Jaya Sankara !!
Sri Kalahasthi Temple is one of the 'Pancha Bootha Sthalangal ' of Lord Shiva, which represents 'Wind'. This temple is situated in a village known as SriKalahasthi, situated 38 km away from Tirupati. This is one of the most famous Temples of Lord Shiva considered as 'Dakshin Kailash' in South India situated on the eastern banks of River Swarnamukhi. The vast structural contributions to this temple were made by the Kings of Chola and Vijayanagara Kingdom. Sri Kalahasthi Sathakam written by Durjeti Kavi in Telugu describes the myth of the temple and it speaks about the life of Kannappa Nayanar ardent devotee of Lord Shiva.
In this temple Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Linga white in color. This swayambu Linga was remain untouched from the begining, not even by the priests. The shrine of Lord Kalahasthiswara and Gnana Prasunambika situated on the raised platform in the third enclosure. The well known fact is that Lord Shiva is 'Abisheka Priya' ( ceremonial bath), the Abishekam for the Lord is performed in the form of Scented water, Ashes, Honey, Rice, Sandal Paste, Flower, Panchamrutham, Tender coconut water etc.. on the Ustava Murthi. There are sannidhis for Lord Ganesha under the ground, Durgamba temple on the northern part of the hill and Sri Kannapeswsara Temple dedicated to Sage Kannapa Nayanar on the southern part of the hill .
Presiding deity - Thiru Kalahasthiswarar/Thiru Kalathiappar with his consort Goddess Sri Gnana Prasoonambikai/Gnanmbikai/
Sthala vruksham - Vilvam
Mangala Sasanam - Appar, Sundarar, Thiru Gnana Sambandhar
Festivals - Maha Shivaratri, Arudra Darisanam, Thiru Karthikai, Makara Sankranthi
The legend has that, Umanabha the son of Vishwakarma (Celestial Architect) was an excellent sculptor. He started creating replica of the creations of Lord Brahma. This made Lord Brahma agitated and cursed Umanabha to become a Spider. Umanabha turned out a Spider, realized his mistake pleaded Lord Brahma. In order to get relieved out of the curse, Lord Brahma advised Umanabha to worship Lord Shiva at Dakshin Kalish. The spider became an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and started to decorate the temple roofs with its beautiful webs. In order to test the devotion of the spider, Lord Shiva set out fire on the webs from a lamp. The bewildered spider attacked the lamp and cried out the help of the Lord. The compassionate Lord Shiva appeared before the spider and offered 'Salvation'.
In Tretayuga a serpent made delay on its way back from netherlands to adorn Lord Shiva's neck, thus it came down to earth at His curse. So as to get rid of the curse, the serpent began worshipping Lord Shiva at Dakshin Kailash with Gem. In Dwapara Yuga, an elephant also engaged in worshipping Lord here, with the aim of get rid of the curse. The serpent continued to worship Lord with the Gem. The elephant remove the Gems and worship Lord with Bilva leaves. This practice continued for several days. At last they confronted each other and ended up in a big fight. Finally, the serpent and elephant got killed each other. At the devotion of the serpent and elephant, Lord Shiva out of mercy granted them liberation. The name of the temple 'Sri Kalahasthiswara' commemorates the incidents took place here. 'Sri' stands for 'Spider', 'Kala' stands for 'The Serpent' and the Hasti stands for ' Elephant' respectively.
This temple remains open from 5.00 AM to 12.00PM in the morning and 4.30 PM to 9.00PM in the evenings.
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!