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Sri Kalahasteeswara Swami Temple
Located in a town with the same name as that of the temple, it is one of the prime temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in southern India. Trhis is the same place where Kannappa became ready to sacrifice both his eyes to stop the Shoiva idol from bleeding. In the final moment Lord Shiva himself appeared and stopped the incident and granted Kannappa mukti. This is one of the Panchabhootha Sthalams and is known for the Vayulinga oresent out here. The place is a few kilometers away from Tirupathi and was constructed in the 5th century. The outer temple was a 12th century addition by the Chola and the Vijayanagara kings. The temple is also known as "The Kailash of the South" and is famous for the Rahu and Ketu pujas performed here. The initial part of the Kalahasthi Temple which was constructed during the time of the Pallavas was built in their style of architecture but the later part is a fine blend of the Chola and Vijayanagara styles. This style diversity is another reason which makes this temple even more attractive.
Srikalahasti in the Chitoor district is a holy town and is popularly known as ‘Kalahasti’. The Srikalahasti temple, which is an important old ‘Shiva Kshetra of Southern India’ and a part of the ‘Saiva’ pilgrimage, is located here. The temple stands out owing to the magnificent hundred pillared ‘mantapam’, built by the ancient kings of the Vijayanagara dynasty. Tourists come here from all parts of the country to pay their respects to this alluring temple. Located on the banks of Swarnamukhi River in Andhra Pradesh, this holy city finds a significant place in ancient Tamil and Telugu poetry and literature. The city is a complex of several temples, of which Gudimallam Temple, Bhakta Kannappa Temple, along with the famous Srikalahasti Temple are the most significant. The fascinating architecture of these temples embroiled in a spiritual essence attracts tourists every year. The beautiful Talakona Waterfalls in the vicinity adds to the beauty of this antique city and is a must visit if you'd like to spend a quiet evening amidst nature.
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