About Srikalahasti Temple
There's nothing like a good story to add flavor to your tour. It is the
sacred shrine of Vayu the wind God at Kalahasti town. There's a legend that the
Linga here was worshiped by a spider (Sri0, a snake (kala), and an elephant (Hasti).
And that's how Sri Kalahasti got its name. Kalahasti is located near the
pilgrimage town of Tirupati and is visited by thousands of pilgrims. This temple
is also associated with Rahu and Ketu, (of the nine grahams or celestial bodies
in the Indian astrological scheme). Kalahasti is 36 km’s from
Tirupati, between two steep hills on the banks of river Swarnamukhi. The temple
of Lord Shiva in the form of Vayu linga is here.
The Telugu poem 'Sri Kalahasti Satakam' explains the traditions associated
with this temple. Muthuswamy Deekshitar, one of the foremost composers in the
Carnatic Music Tradition has sung the glory of this temple in his kriti 'Sree
Festivals of Srikalahasti
Maha Shivaratri which occurs in the Tamil month of Maasi (Feb 15 through
March 15) is one of the greatest festival seasons here, and the celebrations are
marked by processions of the deities. The fifth day of the festival in the month
of Maasi coincides with the Maha Shivaratri.
How to reach Srikalahasti
- Air: Most convenient base for visiting Kalahasti as it (Tirupati) is
endowed with several modern lodging facilities.
- Bus: Kalahasti is well connected by road with Tirupati and with Chennai
and is only a four to five hour drive from Chennai.
Misc info about Srikalahasti
- A one day trip from Chennai is also possible
- If well planned, Tirupati, Tirumala and Kalahasti can be covered in a
day's trip from Chennai by car.