Srikalahasti Temple is located 37 km east of Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.
One of the Panchabhoota temples knoen for its Vayu (Air) Lingam the temple is also regarded as Rahu-Ketu kshetra.
The temple finds references in the songs written in 1st Century CE. The inner parts of the temple was constructed in 5th century CE and the outer parts in the 11th century by Rajendra Chola. Temple was later renovated during Vijayanagara times. Especially, the 120 feet high main gopuram, and the hundred pillared hall with intricate carvings were commissioned during the regime Krishnadevaraya (1516 CE).
There are many shrines within the temple complex including that of Vallaba Ganapathi, Mahalakshmi-Ganpathi and Sahasra Lingeswara.
The legend of Kannappa, who was a hunter, turned into an ardent devotee of Shiva, is associated with the temple.
(photography not allowed inside the temple).
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