Srikalahasti Temple: is located in the city of Srikalahasti, in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is one of the most important God Shiva temples in South India. Sri Kalahasti temple situated 36 km away from World famous Tirumala Tirupati, and one of important places to visit in Andhra Pradesh. This is a Vayu linga, one of the Panchabhoota Sthalams, representing Air (Vayu).
This is the place where Kannappa was prepared to tender both his eyes to cover the blood flowing from the Siva linga, but before to that Lord Siva stopped him and given Salvation or Mukti.
The inner temple was constructed in 5th century by the Pallava Empire and the outer temple was constructed around 12th century by the Chola kings and the Vijayanagara kings. Vayu is incarnated as Lord Shiva and worshiped as Kalahasteeswara.
Legend says, Sri Kalahasti is named after the loyal devotees of God Shiva. They were the Spider (Sri), the Serpent (Kala) and the Elephant (Hasti). Pleased with their persistent devotion, God Shiva rewarded them a boon, their names will be combined with the Vayulinga and called as Sri Kalahasteeswara.
According to Ethics in Hindu Srikalahasti is one of the panchamahabhoota places – representing five basic elements of universe. Srikalahasti is the Vayu Sthalam representing Air element. The other are – Tiruvannamalai (Agni, Tejo sthalam – Fire), Kanchipuram (Prithvi sthalam – Earth), Tiruvanaikaval ( Jal sthalam – Water), Chidambaram (Akasa sthalam – Space).
In Srikalahasti Temple, Lord Shiva is worshiped in the form of as Vayu Linga, the God of Vayu ( wind). A light up present in the Garbhagraha of the temple flickers even though no wind can enter the shrine. This is the skill of Yadav architecture of the temple indicates the presence of a shaft of wind nears the God and hence the fire in the lamp flickers.
This temple features a huge, ancient gopuram (entrance tower) over the main gate. This main gopuram is 36.5 m (120 ft) high. 100 pillar mandapam were constructed by Krishnadevaraya, the Vijayanagara king in 16th Century. The entire temple is carved out of the side of a huge stone hill.
Srikalahasti is popularly known as “Dakshina Kaashi”. This is the only Hindu temple which remains opened in the Solar Eclipses and Lunar Eclipses time in the Universe.
The major festivals celebrated in Srikalahasti Temple- are Mahashivratri, which falls in the month of February and March and lasts for 10 days.
Sri Kalahasti Temple Guide to Rahu Ketu Puja
Everyday hundreds of devotees visit Sri Kalahasti for Kaal sarp dosh puja or Rahu – Ketu Puja . Most of them are visiting for the first time. This is guide lines to help those who are visiting for perform the Rahu Ketu puja.
Best Time: to visit and perform the Kaalsarp dosh puja during the Rahu Kaal is treated as the best time to visit Sri Kalahasti. Performing the Rahu Ketu puja during Rahu kaalam is considered to be very powerful and effective compared to other day timing.
This Puja begins in the temple at morning 6.30 am and it will continues till 6pm in the evening.
It takes about 45 minutes to complete the Rahu Ketu puja. So plan yourself so that you could perform this puja exactly during the Rahu Kaal.
Kaal sarp Dosh (Rahu Ketu ) Nivaran Puja at Srikalahasti
Srikalahasti Temple is mostly suggested for Rahu Ketu or Kaal Sarp dosh nivaran Puja other than normal Darshan. This temple hosts various pooja, there are specific counters for getting tickets for Kaalsarp dosh pooja.
Ticket Charges: Rs 600 per person. Only 3 people are allowed on one ticket of Kaal Sarp Dosh Pooja. This charges includes Puja ingredients also.
A special Rahu Ketu puja can be performed by paying Rs 1500 (excluding the dakshina).
Puja Samagri: Two metal image of Rahu and Ketu, Prasad of Laddu and Vada, Flowers (from next counter), Vermillion (Sindoor) and Turmeric (haldi)
The Pooja: The Rahu ketu Pooja completes in 40-45 minutes, and it is always better to perform this pooja during Rahukal, if possible on Saturdays. Unlike other pooja consisting of hawan or homa (Agni ceremony), the Rahu-Ketu Nivran Pooja is done by chanting mantras for two metallic snake strips which represents Rahu and Ketu. Flowers and vermillion are sprinkled over the Rahu-ketu and the mantra is cantillated to complete this puja. Mantras are recited with ones Gotra, Name and Janamnakshtra. The person, in whose name the puja is offered, is required to discard their clothes and take bath after the pooja. This act is in representative of doing away with the ill effects.
Rahu Kal Timings:
Monday 7.30 am to 9 am
Tuesday 3 pm to 4.30 pm
Wednesday 12 O’clock to 1.30 pm
Thursday 1.30 pm to 3 pm
Friday 10.30 am to 12 noon
Saturday 9.00 am to 10.30 am
Sunday 4.30 pm to 6 pm