Srikalahasti Temple

Srikalahasti Temple is one the most renowned Hindu temple with the main deity Lord Shiva and Goddess Prasoonambika. It is approximately 6 hours on train from Bangalore. Srikalahasti has been well connected by buses and trains. If you don't find a direct train, then hop off at Tirupati and board a bus to Srikalahasti.

The place has an interesting tale on how it got its name. The spider (Sri), snake (Kala) and elephant (hasti) worshipped Lord Shiva, with selfless devotion and offerings. The spider protected the Shiva Ling from the wind and it sacrificed its life during the fire. The snake prayed offering various gemstones to the Lord. Whilst the elephant would shower the Lord with the water it carried in its truck and place the leaves pushing the gemstones aside. This continued everyday which made the snake angry.

the duo died quarreling with each other whilst.

Another story is about the great devotee, Kannappa, who was a hunter. He offered the water from his mouth and also the flesh that he hunt. When the temple roof collapsed on the idol, the Lord's eyes were hurt and bleed. Kannappa removes one eye and places on the Lord's eye,

The tea staller narrated the story of Bedara Kanappa and how

One would come across the street sellers and shop owners narrating these stories.

The temple is vast and the devotees have to be in queues for a long time.

Place is well connected

Next station after Tirupati - can visit both the places

Lunch is free -

You can buy prasadam after the darshan at a nominal price - laddu

The temple provides the room to the devotees at a nominal price for 24 hours ONLY. In case you wish to stay for two days, then you have to request the receptionist for the extension on a daily basis. You cannot book the room for one week at once. Please note there is no reservation and you would get a room on first come first serve basis only.

Autos - several but remember to bargain

Leave your phones at the room or you can park your phone for Rs 5 at the store. Photography and videography are prohibited at the temple.

The picture frame of the Lord Shiva and Goddess Prasoonambika on the wall at the hotel room

Snake, Spider and Elephant who worshipped the Lord everyday

The great devotee Bedara Kanappa who offered both the eyes to the Lord.

Temple Entrance

Free Dormitory in front of the temple premise

Guest House

Books for sale in front of the shop

Tiffin Center and Canteen

Devotees offering prayer

Train timings on display

Train timings on display

Srikalahasti temple is well known for the Rahu-Ketu Pooja which is performed by the devotees to get rid of the ill effects of the planets. The couple wanting a child or those who wish to marry or some who are facing financial problems etc.. perform the Pooja. 


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