|Vehicle||Seating Capacity||Only Kalahasti||Day Package|
|Swift Dzire||4 + 1 (Driver)||1800||2370|
|Etios||4 + 1 (Driver)||1800||2370|
|Innova||7 + 1 (Driver)||2000||2870|
|Tavera||9 + 1 (Driver)||2000||2870|
|Traveller||13 + 1 (Driver)||2400||3920|
Only Srikalahasti package is applied for 4 hours. More than 4 hours it will be converted to day package.
Vehicle will be assigned 12 hours per day. Extra hour is charged 100/- for Dezire and Etios, 150/- for Innova, 200/- for tempo traveller.
Srikalahasti TempleThis is a renowned temple of Lord Shiva which is famous for its special pooja’s offered to Rahu and Ketu (supposed to be unfavorable planets) and for reducing the unfavorable effects of Sarpa Dosha. This temple is located in Chittoor District at a distance of 37 kilometers from Tirupati.
Location and History:
The Temple is located on the banks of river Swarna Mukhi and hold a great significance in Hindu mythology. According to Brahma Puranam, three animals a spider (Sri), an elephant (Hasti) and a snake(Khaallam) fought among themselves over worshipping Lord Shiva and died. Lord Shiva along with his wife Goddess Parvati have appeared and given Moksha (Eternity) for these three animals and hence Lord Shiva in this sacred place is called Sri- Kala-Hasthiswara and the name of the town Sri Kalahasthi.
According to Shiva Purana, Lord Shiva is worshipped in five forms namely Air ( Vayu lingam), water(Jala Lingam), Sky( Akasa Lingam), Earth( Prithvi Lingam) and fire( Teja lingam) together known as Pancha Lingalu ( five basic elements of nature) to restore positive energy and eliminate the negative energy. This temple has Vayu Lingam and you can see the flickering of lamps inside the temple without any air.
In Ancient days people used to visit this temple along with other 4 temples located in Tamilnadu (remaining 4 temples of Pancha Lingalu) for Sadhana (Meditation) to attain moksha and to experience spiritual bliss. But as the days passed and invasions from various cultures took place, this type of spiritual atmosphere has been destroyed and the five temples have become only as the place for worship.
Lord Shiva in the form of Vayu Linga and Goddess Padmavathi in the form of Gnanambikadevi are worshipped by hundreds of pilgrims daily. It is said that the effects of unfavorable planets like Rahu and Ketu along with Kuja Dosham, Kala Sarpa Dosham, and Navagraha Dosha can be nullified by performing special pooja in this place. The pilgrims, who visit Tirupati to worship Lord Balaji, also visit this place to worship Lord Shiva and restore peace in their homes.
The great devotee of Shiva, Bhakta Kannappa hailed from this place. The story goes that, Kannappa who was a cruel hunter and robber, was blessed by Shiva and so, he became a staunch devotee of Shiva. He has shown to people that devotion is the only thing that matters in the eyes of God and not the inequalities based on caste and wealth.
Srikalahasti Temple Timings
The Temple opens at 4:30 A.M in the morning and closes at 9:00 PM at night after EkanthaSeva. On Mondays and Saturdays, it closes at 9.30 P.M. The specialty of this temple is that one can visit and worship the presiding deity even at the time of an eclipse. It is believed that the ill effects of an eclipse in one’s planetary positions are nullified when they meditate at the time of eclipse in this temple.
Srikalahasti Temple Pooja Timings
All the tickets for the Seva’s can be booked on the temple premises. The pilgrims can pay for Sasvatha pooja to perform all the pooja’s once in a year by informing to the temple management 1 month before on normal days and 3 months before on auspicious days.
|Srikalahasti Arjitha Sevas||Cost/ticket||Pooja Location||Timings|
|Suprabhata Seva||50/-||5.30 am|
|Gomatha Pooja||50/-||All time|
|Sahasranamarchana||200/-||6 AM and 6 PM|
|Rahu Ketu Pooja||500/-||Sri Krishna Devaraya Mandapam||6 AM - 6 PM|
|Special Kala Sarpa Nivarana Pooja||750/-||Gnanambika Mandapam||6 AM - 6PM|
|Rahu Ketu Kala Sarpa Nivarana Pooja||1500/-||Outside temple near Dwajasthambham (Addala Mantap||6 AM – 6 PM|
|Special Aseervachana Rahu Ketu Kala Sarpa Nivarana Pooja||2500/-||Kalyanotsavam Mantap premises||6 AM – 6 PM|
|Rudra Homam and Chandi Homam||1116/-||11 AM|
|Niranjana Mantra Pushpam||100/-||7 PM|
|Ekantha Seva||100/-||9 PM|
For Rudra Homam, Chandi Homam and Rahu Ketu Kala Sarpa Nivarana pooja, the devotees will be honored with Shesha Vasthram, a blouse piece,5-Laddus, 5-Vadas and a small Photo(laminated) of Srikalahasthiswara and Gnanambika Devi.
For Rahu and Ketu pooja, though the temple offers it from 6.00 AM to 6.00 PM daily, it is recommended to perform the ritual in Rahu kalam on Sundays and Tuesdays, as those two days are considered as auspicious to Rahu and Ketu. It is believed that one should sleep on the floor (Katika Nidra) a day before the Rahu Ketu pooja and after taking bath in the next morning, perform pala Abhishekam( milk bath) for the idols in Rudra Padam(which is located near Pathal Ganapati temple) before Rahu Ketu pooja. Offering food to the poor after completion of ritual is considered as the best method to gain the complete effect of the pooja performed. Though these things are not mandatory, some people perform them as these are our ancient customs.
How to Reach:
Kalahasthi can be reached both by train and bus. The nearest town with Airport is Tirupati at a distance of 37 Km. Many Taxis and Buses are available from Tirupati.
The temple is located at a distance of 3 Km from Kalahasti railway station. Auto’s will be available and they charge around Rs.50/- and 1 Km from Main Bus stand. Try to visit the temple in the morning, so that you can have a look of pathala Ganapathi and Bhaktha Kannappa temple which gives a nice view of the overall town.
There are two major attractions in Kalahasti. One is located at a distance of 6 Km from Kalahasti called Veyi Lingala Kona, a wonderful place with lush green forest and small waterfalls. The temple has to be reached by ascending and descending around 150-200 steps in the forest. In Karthika Masam (November- December), the Aghoralu(devotee’s of Shiva) are seen in the forest offering their prayers.
Other is located at a distance of 1 KM from Kalahasti called as Bharadwaja Tirtham, a sacred place where you can see the idol of Lord Ganesh in the middle of a small lake.
Price In Detail
- Above package details include driver charges.
- Includes parking charges.
- Includes toll charges.
- Includes fuel charges.
Number Of Kiometers and Journey Time
|Number Of Kilometers||Travel Time|
|80 KM From Tirupati (Up and down)||1 hour|
- Tirupati Railway station
- Tirupati Bus Stand
- Any Hotel/ Residence In Tirupati