Kanipakam is a popular pilgrimage destination. It is home to the Kanipakam <>bVarasidhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The temple was built in the early 11th century by King Kulathunga Chola I and later on it was expanded during the Vijayanagara Dynasty rule.
Legend / Sthala Purana
The ancient temple in Kanipakam is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. There is a beautiful legend behind the temple existence and it is worth listening or reading. The legend says that there were three brothers and each one had a disability. One brother was mute, one deaf and the other blind. These brothers used to cultivate a small piece of land to earn their livelihood. Using channels, they used to irrigate this piece of land. One day, the brother who used to channel the water found the well they used to use had dried up. So he went inside the well to dig it. During digging, his shovel hit a stone and blood began oozing from it. Soon the well became an ocean of red blood. At the same time a miracle happened – the brothers’ disabilities were cured. On hearing this miracle, the villagers came to the well and tried digging. However, they were constantly stopped a self-manifested idol of Lord Vinayaka.
The villagers realized their folly and offered thousands of coconuts to the idol as penance. The water from these coconuts covered an area of one and quarter acres.
Today too devotees can see the idol resting in the well and there is a perennial spring that flows from the well. During the monsoon season, the waters from the well tend to overflow. Another awe-inspiring feature of the self-manifested idol is that it seems to be growing in size. Devotees can see the idol until its knees. The holy water from the well is given to devotees. The Kanipakam temple holds daily prayers and the first one begins early in the morning at 4.30 am. The different sessions of prayers go on until early afternoon.
The ancient temple was built in the early 11th century by King Kulathunga Chola I
Idol resting in the well and there is a perennial spring that flows from the well
Self-manifested idol growing in size
The holy water from the well is given to devotees
A big temple tank
Sri Manikanteswara Samy Devasthanam(Shivalayam)
Sri VaradaRajaSwamy Devasthanam
Where is Kanipakam
Kanipakam town is located in Irala Mandal in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh state, India - 517131.
How to Reach
Kanipakam town is located 11km away from Chittoor.
Distance From: Chennai - 174 km, Bangalore - 179 km, Tirupati - 68 km
Nearest Airport: Tirupati
Nearest Bus Station: Kanipakam
Nearest Railway Station: Chittoor
Kanipakam is well connected by buses from Chittoor and Tirupati. Chittoor is the major railway station near to Kanipakam.
Where to Stay
Devasthanam Choultries available at Kanipakam. Budget to luxury hotels available at Chittoor city.
Best Season & Time to Visit
Avoid summer because weather will be hot.
Temple Festivals & Events
The temple is also renowned for its festivities, which are celebrated with a lot of fervor. The Brahmotsavams Festival is a 21-day long festival that is celebrated every year. It begins on Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chavithi. This festival usually falls in the month of August or September. It attracts people from all corners of Andhra Pradesh who descend to Kanipakam to offer prayers and pay homage. During the 21 days, the self-manifested idol appears in a different avatar everyday.
Daily Seva & Darshan Timings
Suprabatham, Binduteerthaabishekham (4.00 A.M to 5.00 A.M)
Paalabhishekam (7.30 A.M to 8.00 A.M ,12.30 P.M to 1.00 P.M, 2.00PM to 2.30PM , 3.30PM to 4.00 PM and 5.45PM to 6.15 PM)
SankataHaraGanapati Vratham (9.00 A.M to 12.00 Noon)
Special Abhishekam (5.30AM to 6.00AM, 9.00A.M to 10.00A.M , 11.00A.M to 12.00 noon,1.00PM to2.00PM and 6.15PM to 7.15PM)
Pavalimpu Seva (EkanthaSeva) (9.30 P.M to 10.00 PM)
Nithya Kalyanotshavam (11.00 AM to 12.00 PM)
Vunjala Seva (6.30 PM to 7.30 PM)
Nijaroopa Darshan (Morning 5.00 to 5.30,7.00 to 7.30,8.30 to 9.00,10.30 to 11.00 and Evening 4.30 to 5.00)
Ganapathi Homam (9.00AM to 12.00 Noon)
Ganapathi Modaka Pooja (Before 12.00 Noon)
Ganapathi Sahasra Namarchana (10.00 A.M to 11.00 Noon , 1.00 P.M to 1.30 P.M , 3.30 P.M to 4.00 P.M & 6.00 P.M to 6.30 P.M)
Ganapathi Patra Pooja (Before 12.00 Noon)
Shodasa Ganapathi Pooja (Before 12.00 Noon)
Moola Mantraarchana (Before 12.00 Noon)
Polangi Seva (Every Thursday)
People generally plan Kanipakam along with their Tirupati tour.