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Timings : 6:00 AM - 9:30 PM

Time Required : 2-3 hrs

Entry Fee : Entry: Free.
Rahu Kethu Sarpa Dosha Nivarana Puja: INR 300-500 (outer courtyard), INR 1500-2500 (within temple premises)

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Srikalahasteeswara Temple, Srikalahasti Overview

Said to have been built in the 5th century, Sri Kalahasteeswara Temple is situated in the holy city of Sri Kalahasti near Tirupati and is dedicated to God Of Vayu who was an incarnation of Lord Shiva. In fact, Kalahasti is said to be the only shrine for God Of Vayu. A 36.5m huge gopuram towering over the site and built by Sri Krishnadevaraya is the highlight of the holy complex.

Ancient Sanskrit and Tamil sources referred to Sri Kalahasti as 'Kailash of the South' because of the small hill adjoining the temple premises and the small Swarna Mukhi river passing through the town symbolizing the mighty Ganga. The town itself is a municipality and the mandal headquarters of Srikalahasti mandal. Along with Tiruvannamalai, Thiruvanaikaval, Chidambaram and Kanchipuram, Sri Kalahasti is regarded as one of the Pancha Bhoota Sthalams of Lord Shiva. Planning a trip to this town should be preferred in winters as the summers often soar to a whopping 42 - 45 degrees Celsius.

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Tips For Visiting Srikalahasteeswara Temple

1. Best months to visit the temple are from November to February.
2. Do not purchase pooja materials from the stalls outside the temple. You are given all the materials that are needed for the pooja Along with INR 1000 ticket. This ticket also entitles you to an exclusive darshan (glimpse) and archana (special pooja) of the main deities within the temple.
3. Don't forget to see the Pathala Ganapathi underground temple located in the temple complex.
4. Take care if you are in the main sanctum of the temple where the deity is, it is dark and full of roaches. Priests demand money for each and every statue or thing they show.

How To Reach Srikalahasteeswara Temple

Getting around the town is usually done by foot, or else you can avail buses, taxis, rickshaws or the autorickshaws as well.

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