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Kalahasti Naathar Temple
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Pooja Cost : US$ 9.00 Leadtime : 5 Days
Location : Sri Kalahasti near Tirupathi.
Main Deity : Kalahasti Naathar, Vandaar Kuzhalaal, Gnanaprasoonambika
Nearest Town : Sri Kalahasti District : Chittoor State : Andhra Pradesh
Sree Kalahasti is one of the most revered Saivite shrines just outside Tamilnadu, near Tirupati. It is considered to be a Navagrahastalam where Rahu & Ketu worshipped Shiva. and a Vayu Kshetram (Wind) one of the Panchabhoota Stalams signifying the 5 elements of wind (Kalahasti), water (Tiruvanaikka), fire (Tiruvannamalai), earth (Kanchipuram) and space (Chidambaram).

This is a vast temple adjoining a hill on the banks of Swarnamukhi. Sambandar composed hymns in honor of Kailasam, Gowrikundam & Sreesailam from here. Muthuswamy Deekshitars Kriti Sree Kaalahasteesa celebrates this shrine. The Gopurams and mandapams that adorn this vast temple are contributions of the Cholas & the Vijayanagar Empire who patronized this temple The inner precincts of the temple are very similar in construct to the other 4 Panchabhoota Temples in Tamilnadu.

Shiva here was worshipped by a spider,snake & elephant as in Tiruvanaikkaval. Kannappa Nayanar a hunter is also associated with Kudumidevar-Shiva atop the adjacent hill. It is believed that the 3 Saints Appar, Sundarar and Sambandar, worshipped the Shivalingam on the hill.Content source : templenet