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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
English: The Hindu, Deccan Chronicle,Times of India

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By plane[edit]

The closest airport is near Tirupati Airport, which is just 25kms. There are daily flights from Hyderabad,Delhi,Bangalore

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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.Renigunta is just 25kms from srikalahasthi.

By bus[edit]

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...

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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

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  • The Sri Kalahasti temple. Sri Kalahasti is one of the five Panchaboota Sthallas i.e. place representing one of the five elements of nature. Kalahasti represents Vayu (Wind).
  • Pathala Vinayaka - Lord Ganapathi in a temple below the earth.

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  • Rahu Ketu Pooja to overcome the ill effects of the imaginary planets Rahu and Ketu and also other doshas (ill effects) like 'Sarpa Dosha', Kaala Sarpa Dosha etc. You can buy the articles for Pooja by either paying Rs 250 (admints 2), Rs 600 (admits 3 people) or Rs 1000 (admits 5 people). If you pay Rs. 1000 the pooja is performed in the Sanctum Sanctorum. Extra people can be admitted by Paying Rs 30 for each person.

The pooja articles include the following:

  • Sesha Vastram
  • One Blouse Piece
  • 1 Laddu
  • Vada
  • Lotus Flowers
  • Archana - Rs 25
  • Special ticket for Darshan - Rs 30
  • Milk Abhishekam - Rs 100 to 1600
  • Patchakarpuram Abhishekam (Raw Camphor) - Rs 100 to Rs 1200
  • Panchamurthahi Abhishekam - Rs 300 to Rs 3000
  • Nityakalyanam - Rs 501 to Rs. 5000
  • Couples who are unable to beget children pray to the Swing.


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.

Sarpa Dosha Nivarana poojas are performed on all days, morning to evening without any break (lunch break). However, no pooja is performed on Shivrathri days.

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  • Hotel Prakash Park, (Near Temple), +91-9542877599, [1].  edit

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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.

is a one and only three star hotel in the temple town located just 100 steps away from srikalahsteeswara swami vari temple. by sitting in the premises of hotel you can hear pujas and mantras. it is well provided facilities, 200 car parking places

Hotel MGM Grand, Sannidhi St., Phone: 08578 - 222271, 8008200612 @:

  • Hotel Sri Saiteja residency[3], Sannidhi street Phone : 08578-223677
  • Hotel Prakash Park, Near Temple, +91-9542877599, [2].  edit


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