Srikalahasti Tourism
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Srikalahasti Tourism

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  • State: Andhra Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • District: Chittoor
Srikalahasti, a town on the banks of River Swarnamukhi, is one of the holy centres in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. The township is close to Tirupati and is a part of the Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA). Srikalahasti is one of the Pancha Bhoota Sthalams of Lord Shiva, the other being Tiruvannamalai, Chidambaram, Thiruvanaikaval and Kanchipuram.

The name of the town is a combination of three words, 'Sri' meaning a spider, 'Kala' meaning a serpent and Hasti meaning an elephant. As per mythology, these three creatures are believed to have worshipped Lord Shiva at the site to attain salvation. The religious centre known as Kalahasti or Dakshina Kailasam is referred to as a spiritual abode of Lord Shiva.

There are several testimonies in the form of religious shrines that date back to the pre-Christian era. Most of the Hindu shrines in and around the town have been constructed during the reign of Pallava, Chola and Vijayanagara kings.

The temple town is a combination of traditions, customs, myths and folklore, which is famous for the Srikalahasti shrine. The religious centres are a fine example of South Indian architecture, featuring well carved gopuram and delicately carved Dravidian structural designs. The religious centres are situated on high altitudes, providing a beautiful sight of the surroundings. 

Srikalahasti has an ancient Shiva temple that has several mentions in Skanda Purana, Shiva Purana and Linga Purana. Several Tamil Shaivite saints had visited the shrine for seeking the blessings of Lord Shiva. The famous shrine of Srikalahasti was built by Kulothunga Cholan I, II and III during the 11th century. A huge mandapam was later added in the 16th century by Krishnadevaraya.

The festival of Maha Shivaratri is celebrated with great zeal in the Tamil month of Maasi, between February 15 and March 15. There are several processions of the deities during the festival, which are considered to be of high religious significance.

Travellers can reach Srikalahasti through air, rail and road from various parts of the country. The airport closest to the destination is located in Tirupati at a distance of 60 km from Srikalahasti. It is connected with Madurai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Chennai International Airport is nearest international airport to Srikalahasti.

The railhead of the town is situated on Tirupati-Vijayawada broad gauge rail, which is connected with all the major cities of India. Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation operates buses from Bangalore, Chennai, Naidupet, Nellore, Tirupati and Vijayawada for Srikalahasti.

October to March is the ideal time to explore Srikalahasti and pay homage at the shrines due to several festivals being celebrated during these months.

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Harilal Pillai

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  • Harilal Pillai
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 17 photos
  • 20 Reviews
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"Spiritual Destination"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Sri kalahasthi temple is famous for 'Rahu Kethu Dosha Pooja'. I think this is the only temple where this ritual is performing.
Start early around 4:45AM
Visit ganpathy temple (temple ia in underground)
Then go to the temple take 600rs ticket for Rudrabhishekam. 2people can go with a single ticket. With this you will be taken very near to the temple and you can have very good visual of the god. You will be able to see the devi's abhishekam and lord shiv's abhishekam very closely.
Then take the ticket for rahu kethu pooja. It is the main pooja. Tickets available for Rs300, Rs750, Rs1500. The only difference among these tickets are the location of performing the pooja. You will get a hall with lots of people in 300rs ticket. While for 750rs ticket you will get a small hall with AC. I got the 750rs ticket as 1500was sold out. Only limited seats available for the time slot.
All do the sane pooja. Main thing is priest will guide you to do the pooja. You will be doing the pooja.
Really a spiritual place.
Transportation is a little problem as there is no private bus service. Have to take APSRTC or bus to reach there. Or take your own cab.
Best way to reach there is from Chennai.
3hr drive.
Accommodation : You will get cheap decent accommodation nearby temple.
Will attach the visiting card of 2 hotels.
I stayed in Sai Teja Residency with my family.
Good service, Every staff will come for tips while you leave the hotel, even the cleaning staff also. They will literally ask.
Also if you need guidance to perform everything in ease and quickly, I can provide you a number who will help you to do everything on time quickly without any hazzle. Ofcourse he is not doing this for charity :).
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Prabhu

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  • Prabhu
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 5 Reviews
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"Great temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 8, 2016
Amazing architecture one can not miss it. The temple is very old one but maintained well as new as. It is one of the pancha bhuta lingas (VAYU). You can find a oil lamp which always waves like air. The Shiva Lingam is taller with impressions of Serpent, Elephant and Spider on it.

The temple is also popular for various pujas like Rahu-Ketu.
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Bhargav Reddy

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  • Bhargav Reddy
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Religious place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 31, 2016
Visited this temple in September 2015 and January 2016. One of the beautiful temple in Andhra Pradesh. Temple has three entrances. Swarnamukhi river flows near this temple. Many hotels are present near this temple we can have a pleasant stay and area is peaceful area. Temple architecture is good. Temple maintenance is very good.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Abuts the holy town of Tirupati - Tirumala"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Apr 15, 2016
I had been to Sri Kalahasti in the month of September 2015. Srikalahasti is a neighbour to Lord Venkateswara as it abuts the holy town of Tirupati - Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh. The must-visit attractions in and around Srikalahasti include the Srikalahasti temple, Talakona waterfalls, Gudimallam and the Sahasra linga temple. The Srikalahasti temple is around 35 kilometers from Tirupati and was constructed by the Cholas in the 5th century and the outer temple was constructed in the 10th century. The Talakona waterfalls is around 270 feet high and is the highest waterfalls in Andhra Pradesh. This waterfalls is found in the Sri Venkateswara national park in Chittoor. Lot of flora and fauna abuts this natural wonder. Gudimallam is located near Renigunta railway station. The Parasurameswara temple located here is over 2300 years old. 1000 carved lingas can be found in the Sahasra Linga Temple. The best time to visit Srikalahasti is between September to February.
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Inturi Sivanaraya

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  • Inturi Sivanaraya
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  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 10 Reviews
  •  29 helpful votes
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"Nice to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 30, 2016
Very nice place to visit and have Darshan of Lord Shiva at Srikalahasti. Nearer to Wonderful and historical temple Tirupati, those who are visiting Tirupati must visit this temple. From Tirupati it is just 40kms just away and frequent buses are also available. Rahu Kethu pooja is done on daily basis and those who done this puja in Rahukalam timings is very much beneficial for couples.
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Prasenna .nadeson

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  • Lives in Kollam
  • 3 Reviews
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"Auspicious destination!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 26, 2016
To go to Srikalahasti from Kollam we took the Jayanthi Janatha express to Ranigunta and from there to Srikalahasti by metre gauge. This station is deserted except for the auto rickshaws. We paid Rs. 50 to go to the temple premises and later came to know about buses which will drop you at the temple gate for far less the amount. The best place to stay is Sri Sai Teja Residency. Which shares the same compound wall with that of the temple. We could hear the Om Namah Shivaya mantra going on in the temple whenever we are in the room of this hotel! We felt it most auspicious staying here. At the temple we visited the Padala Ganapathi first before entering the queue to worship Srikalahasti. The crowd is well disciplined. But inside the shrine it is better to have a guide on how to arrange the puja materials to be seated in front of the idols of ketu and rahu which is possible only through a guide... The language spoken is Telugu. The priest speaks through a mike. To arrange the puja materials, to repeat mantras and offer flowers to silver figurines of ketu and rahu which are are to be placed in-front of us and also to be seated in front of the idols of ketu and rahu which is possible only through a guide.
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Natarajan

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  • Natarajan
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 5 Reviews
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"A happy trip to Srikalahasti"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 15, 2016
It was sudden short trip which started during a warm day and we travelled for nearly seven to eight hours and finally reached Sri kalahasti. Then booked room at Sri Sai Teja hotel and had a comfortable stay. Then we started to temple early next day which was located in short distance had nice feel in the temple got some foods at temple which tasted quite well. Then started back home. Thus an easy plan and go trip was made and had a nice family time.
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Jagan Devarakonda

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"A Destination of Heritage"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 4, 2016
A holy place & heritage cum tourist destination with lot many attractions and places around, nearest place is Tirupati, etc. South Indian food is available in mini hotels, like puri, idly, dosa etc. We visited the main Shiva temple along with other temples like Sahasra linga temple, Bharadwaja theertham, Durgambika temple, Bhakta kannappa temple, Subramanya swamy temple. A perfect place to visit with friends, couple, family.
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Mohan kumar

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  • Lives in Tumkur
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"Holy place for Rahu Ketha pooja"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jan 9, 2016
The temple is famous for Rahu Ketu Seva. We can visit the Temple in all seasons. Here the seva are conducted in 3 ranges 300, 750 and 2000. And regular Girija Kalyanostava also conducted here. Some other religious temple are also there near by this place.
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Prabhu r

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"Best of religious place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 30, 2015
The Kalahasti temple is very Old Temple, It is one of the most important God shiva Temples in south Asia, Everyday hundreds of devotees visit Sri Kalahasti for Kaal sarp dosh puja or Rahu – Ketu Puja. The Rahu ketu Pooja completes in 40-45 minutes, and it is always better to perform this pooja during Rahukal, if possible on Saturdays
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