Rayalaseema : SriKalahasti
Sri Kalahasti is a temple town. Its about 38 km from Tirupati, The ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva (as Sri Kalahastheeswara) and his consort Parvathi (as Gnanaprasunambika)is one of the Panchabootha Sthalams meaning the temple celebrates Lord Shiva as the embodiment of the primary elements (Fire, Space, Water, Earth, Air), Air being the element here. The temple is also associated with Rahu and Ketu. According to the legend, Lord Bramha was asked by the Lord to create beautiful and enticing hills of Kailasa. As Bramha was struggling with the task, a piece fell on earth and in the south and thus called as Dakshina Kailasam
The other Panchabootha Sthalams
The temple dates back to the pre-Christian era. The structure of the temple was built by the Cholas and improvements were made by other Chola kings and rulers of the Vijayanagara kings. The Pallava, Chola and Vijayanagara rulers have made several endowments to this temple.
The temple is built adjoining the Durgamma hill to the north, Kannappa hill to the south and Kumaraswamy hill to the east.
Telugu: Eenadu,Sakshi,Andhra Jyothy,Vaartha
There is a railway station at sri Kalahasthi. There are trains from hyderabad,vijayawada and kolkata .The closest railway junction is Renigunta and all trains plying between Chennai and Mumbai stop at renigunta.The Renigunta is just 25kms from srikalahasthi.
It takes about 5 hours by road to get to Tirupati from Bangalore. Both KSRTC and APSRTC operate busses during the day and night.
Its about 3 hours by road from Chennai. Both TNSRTC and APSRTC operate busses during the day and night...
You can travel either from Chennai-Tada-Kalahasti or Chennai-Tirutani-Renigunda-Kalahasti from Chennai(110 KMS)
Hyderabad (545 KMS): HYD-Kurnool-Cuddapah-Renigunta-srikalahasthi or HYD-Nagarjunasagar-ongole-Nellore-Naidupet-Srikalahasthi
Bangalore(300 KMS) -Bangalore-Mulbagal-Palmaner-Chittor-Tirupati-Srikalahasthi
The pooja articles include the following:
Sri Kalahasthi is famous for Kalamkari paintings.The Kalamkari paintings can be learnt here from so many skilled people. Kalamkari is the art of painting with vegetable paints.Mythological stories are prominently made by srikalahasthi kalamkari painters.
There are number of private and government guest houses. All these accommodations have limited amenities. Preference should be given to hygiene stay rather than luxury, as the later is not available around the temple. Generally, you will not be staying here for a long time. A day's visit with an overnight stay should be sufficient. The temple itself is more acclaimed for its sacredness than its architectural importance. Hence, guests intending to make a visit also believe to depart for Sri Kaalahasti with the onset of the RAHU KALAM and reach Sri Kaalahasti during the onset of RAHU KALAM. Then the guests are expected to perform a Pooja during the RAHU KALAM.
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