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Maonoj samantra
  • Maonoj samantra
  • 3 Reviews

"Liked the atmosphere inside the temple"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Dec 31, 2013
I liked the atmosphere inside the temple and I specially visit this temple every time to see the golden coloured idol of Lord Ganesha placed inside the temple. There is nothing much to shop around the temple.
I had some other official work there so there was not so much time for me to roam around and watch places nearby. Any how u can visit Tirupati from here..
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Pashern
  • Pashern
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Good Spiritual Place"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 16, 2013
The temple complex is vast and beautiful. Despite being centuries old, it is well maintained. Expect long queues for darshan (sometimes even with special passes). Can be a day visit from Tirupati as long as you are not visiting to perform rituals. Has many accommodation options available.
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Somesh
  • Somesh
  • 3 Reviews

"Srikalahasti for pooja"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 22, 2013
Srikalahasti is famous for Sri Kalahasti temple. It is the place for Rahu Ketu nivarana pooja. The temple complex is huge and for first time travellers guides are available (Unofficial though). Rahu Ketu pooja is performed here and tickets are available from the counter inside the temple which is governed by the AP Govt. They will provide the pooja material when you buy the ticket.
The architecture of the temple is also very nice. You can also observe the natural color painting on the ceilings.
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Malla reddy Alimineti
  • Malla reddy Alimineti
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 Reviews

"Wonderful trip!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 3, 2013
Srikalahasti temple is dedicated to Lord Siva and reputed as the Rahu Kethu Kshetra. The overall trip was good and architecture was amazing, feeling to visit soon the temple again. The priests have done puja very professionally. Accommodation was good as we have planned before going only. Thanks to HolidayIQ.com you have helped us for looking of hotels over there.
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Abishek jaiswal
  • Abishek jaiswal
  • 2 Reviews

"Pooja only!"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Oct 1, 2013
The experience was good, since it was a religious trip we did not go anywhere else other than Srikalahasti Temple for Puja purpose..
It was a short but a very decent trip all together
The stay was made even better by the MGM grand hotel as it was a luxurious and comfortable stay there
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D satish
  • D satish
  • 4 Reviews

"Satish - Sri Kalahasti"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 18, 2013
Sri Kalahasti temple is near about to 30 km from tirupati. When visiting to tirupathi, should plan for sri kalahasti also very good place to visit and religious place also. You can get all facilities at sri kalahasti
hotels, food, near by temples. Overall trip is good.
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Murali Guduru
  • Murali Guduru
  • Lives in Vijaywada
  • 2 Reviews

"Temple visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 14, 2013
Good pilgrim centre. People with Raghu-Kethu Dosha in their horoscopes perform pooja in the temple here. Pooja is performed in a very professional way. No need to pay anything extra. Srikalahasti temple is only one temple in India that performs a specified pooja for Rahu-Kethu
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P v roop kumar
  • P v roop kumar
  • 2 Reviews

"Darshan of lord shiva"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Sep 13, 2013
What to describe about the temple town. We come to visit this place to have darshan of lord shiva. Its strong belief that by performing rahu ketu puja doshas if any will be neutralized. This temple is nearby to Tirumala. One can plan divine trip to both temple towns together. Temple location is fantastic and at the banks of the river swarnamukhi. Plenty of hotels and restaurants nearby. We can have a decent stay in this town.
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Mukundan G
  • Mukundan G
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Holy Place"

  • Posted Aug 30, 2013
Good pilgrim centre. People with Raghu-Kethu Dosha in their horoscopes perform pooja in the temple here. Pooja is performed in a very professional way. No need to pay anything extra beyond the prescribed fees to the priest.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Chennnai Saravana Bhavan Hotel is there for food. I have not tasted there. But seems to be a decent place to dine

Activities & things to do: Nothing special.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: You can engage a taxi exclusively from Tirupathi to go to Srikalahasthi. During my trip Telengana agitation was in full swing. But one good taxi driver has taken us to and fro at a decent cost of Rs.2000/.. This is place is nearly 37 Kms from Tirupathi.
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Mahesh Rao
  • Mahesh Rao
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review

"Holiday"

  • Posted Jun 12, 2013
Srikalahasti temple is only one temple in India to make happy of Rahu and Kethu by specified pooja's.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Good Food at Restaurant which is located in lower basement.

Activities & things to do: None !

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Small town and whole temple area will close down after 11pm
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Srikalahasti Info

  • State: Andhra Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
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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