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Srikalahasti - Lord Shiva Temple

Srikalahasti temple is one of the most impressive Shiva temples in India. This temple features an enormous, ancient gopuram (entrance tower) over the main gate. The tower is 36.5 m (120 ft) high. The entire temple is carved out of the side of a huge stone hill. The initial structure of this temple was constructed by the Pallava dynasty in the 5th century. The Chola kings and the Vijayanagara kings also gave great help for the temple development. Like other great temples, the construction period of Sri Kalahasthi temple lasted centuries. Around the 10th century, the Chola kings renovated the temple and constructed the main structure.

Srikalahasti Temple Images

Pilgrim Places to Visit

  • Vayulinga Darshan - one of the five Panchabhootha stalams
  • Excellent Architecture of 100 pillar mandapam
  • Constantly flickering lamps inside the sanctum despite the lack of air movement
  • Rahu - Kethu, Sarpa dosha nivarana pooja
  • The Durgama temple is on the northern hill
  • The Kannappa temple is on the northern hill
  • Swarnamukhi River

Where is Kalahasti

Sri Kalahasti town is located near Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh state, India - 517644

How to Reach

Sri Kalahasti town is near to NH3 (29 km from Naidupet).

  • Distance From: Vijayawada - 376 km, Tirupati - 37 km, Chennai - 113 km
  • Nearest Airport: Tirupati
  • Nearest Bus Station: Srikalahasti
  • Nearest Railway Station: Srikalahasti
  • Transport: Frequent buses, trains to and from Tirupati.

Where to Stay

There is no scarcity for hotels in Srikalahasti town. AP Tourism's Haritha hotel & resort would be the best choice.

Best Season & Time to Visit

All seasons particularly Kartheeka masam (Nov to Dec)

Festivals / Events

The Sivarathri Brahmotsavam is a 12 day festival of great importance that attracts lakhs of people from various parts of the country.Maha Sivaratri, Nandi Seva, Lingodbhavam, Rathotsavam, Teppotsavam & Sri Swamy Ammavarla Kalyanotsavam are the important aspects of this festival.

Daily Events & Darshan Timings

  • Suprabhatam   5.30 am
  • Sarvadarshanam   6.00 am
  • Pradhama Kala Abhishekam   7.30 am
  • Dwitiya Kala Abhishekam   9.00 am
  • Ucchi Kala Abhishekam   10.30 am
  • Rudra Homam   11.00 am
  • Chandi Homam   11.00 am
  • Nityotsavam   11.00 am
  • Nitya Kalyanam   11.30 am
  • Prodosha Kala Abhishekam   5.30 pm
  • Nirajana Mantra Pushpam   7.00 pm
  • Ekantha Seva   9.00 pm
  • Temple closing time   9.00pm (9.30pm Saturday to Monday)

Traveller Precautions

Tickets for Rahu-Kethu pooja price ranges from Rs.100 to Rs.2500.Plan to start as early as possible in the morning to avoid heavy rush

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