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Srikalahasti Temple (Kalathiappar) - Srikalahasti,Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh (276 Shiva Sthalangal)

Srikalahasti is one of the stalam panchabootha and represents stalam vayu. In the town of Srikalahasti, Andhra Pradesh, the Srikalahasthi Temple is located.

  • Moolavar : Kalathiappar, Kalatheeswarar
  • Amman / Thayar :Gnanaparasunambikai,Gnanapoongothai,Gnanasundari
  • Thala Virutcham : Vilwa
  • Theertham : River Ponmuhali (also Swarnamukhi river)
  • Old year : 2000-3000 years old
  • Historical Name : Seekalathi
  • Location : Kalahasthi,Chittoor,Andhra Pradesh.

As per many Hindu scriptures, the temple is linked with the tale of Lord Shiva ‘s three ardent devotees.

The name Sri kalahasti itself is derived from the names of all three devotees; Sri was taken from the spider, kala from the snake, and Hasti from the Elephant.

It is believed that all three were devoted worshippers of Lord Shiva, offering pooja in their own way to Lord Shiva.

While the elephant offered Abhishek to Lord Linga with water he used to bring from the nearby river, the spider used the strong thread to wrap around the linga to shield it from degradation.

On the other hand, by putting Naga Manikyam, his beloved stone near the lingam, the serpent used to decorate the lingam.

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