Srikalahasti Temple, Among the many Shiva Temples in south India, Srikalahasti Temple is one of the most famous temples. It is located at the Chittoor district in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.
According to the common believe it is the temple where Kannappa, one of the 63 Nayanars or holy Saivite saints was ready to present both his eyes to coat the blood that was flowing from the Siva linga.
However, Lord Siva stopped him before doing so and presented him mukti.
Srikalahasti Temple, Rahu Kethu Details
The temple is situated at a distance of 36 km from Tirupati and is renowned for its Vayu linga. Vayu is commonly known as the wind and according to Hindu mythology is one of the five Pancha Bhoota Sthalams.
Srikalahasti Temple – Lord Vayu
As the legend goes, Lord Vayu executed forfeit for thousands of years to Karpoora or camphor lingam to please Lord Shiva. Finally, satisfied with his penance, Lord Shiva patented before him and granted him three boons.
Lord Vayu asked that he would like to be present everywhere and be an important part of existence and finally he wished the lingam to be named after him.
Lord Siva granted him the wish and thus, the air became an integral part of human existence.
This temple is also known as Rahu-Ketu temple and Dakshina Kasi temple. The preliminary structure of the temple was built by the rulers of Pallava dynasty in the 5th century.
This temple lasted in the former shape over several centuries after which the temple was re-construction period of Chola Dynasty. The main structure was constructed at this point in time along with the re-furnishing the earlier structure.
The temple was constructed and re-constructed by several ruling dynasties like Cholas and Vijayanagar Empire. There are a hundred pillared halls that have intricate carvings which were carved in 1516 AD during the administration of Krishnadeva Raya.
Srikalahasti Temple Timings
The Srikalahasti Rahu Ketu Pooja is commonly performed during the Rahu Kalam Timings. Several people all over the country crowd the temple then.
The pooja is held in the great hall, where the main priest chants the mantras over microphone so that everyone can perform the pooja at the same time.
The devotees don’t have to carry along anything during the pooja, they can buy it from outside the temple. At Mandapam, after the end of Rahu Ketu Pooja, the devotees need to carry the silver idol to the inside temple or The Hindu.
This pooja is also known as Kaal Sarp Dosha Pooja.this pooja takes about 35-45 minutes approximately.
Do’s and Dont’s after performing the Kaal Sarp Dosha Puja
- Bath before performing the pooja.
- Before or after eight days of Menstruation, a woman can perform the pooja.
- It is important to take guidance from an astrologer to know about your Janma Nakshatra before performing the pooja.
- Do not visit Friends or Relatives or anyone else’s house on the way back from the pooja.
- Pregnant ladies should neither perform nor go to the temples where Kaal Sarp Dosha pooja is being held.
- Don’t oil your hair before visiting the temple
- Don’t offer Sastanga Namaskara.
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