Ranked 3 among Places to Visit in Chittoor
Time Required: 2-3 hrs
Chittoor is a district laden with important temples, one of them being the Kanipakkam Vinayaka Temple. Apart from Tirupati, Tirumala and Srikalahasti, the Vinayaka Temple in Kanipakkam is another reason why pilgrims flock to the district of Chittoor. Situated 56 km from Tirupati, the small town of Kanapakam is the abode of great deity Vinayaka. The temple was ideated and constructed in the 11th century CE by Kulothunga Chola I, a revered Chola king. It was then rebuilt in 1336 by the Vijayanagara dynasty rulers. What makes the temple special are the fables and legends associated with it! It is reported that the idol of Vinayaka grows every year, it has been reported that an armor offered to the deity 50 years ago does not fit anymore! It makes for an ideal weekend devotional trip for city dwellers as well as it is a pilgrimage site as well as a beautiful getaway.
This historic temple with Ganesha as its primary deity is also known as Shrine of Water and is in Irala Mandal of Chittoor district. The regal temple has immense religious significance and importance because of its miraculous idol. The water found in the complex is believed to be holy and can cure various deformities. Pilgrims visit this temple before going to Tirupati since it is a Vinayaka Temple.
The Kanipakam temple is very well maintained by the authorities despite being a major crowd puller and is a rapidly developing complex. It acts as a magnet for devotees of Lord Ganesha during the rainy season when the main historical and legendary well fills up with water. This unique sanctuary of Ganesha is in the middle of a river. Its significance lies in its purity and rich heritage.
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