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Kalahasti Temple near Tirupati, AP

Holy Kalahasti Temple
Holy Kalahasti Temple (Credit.4880038526)
Kalahasti a small town located in the Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh is famous for a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The proximity of this temple with Tirupati which is another important pilgrimage site in Andhra Pradesh adds to its attraction. The temple is associated with Rahu and Ketu which are two of the nine grahams or celestial bodies in the Indian astrological scheme.


The beautifully carved Kalahastiswara temple is built next to a hill on the banks of Swarnamukhi River. The hills serve as the walls of the temple. To the north of the temple is the Durgambika hill, while Kannappar hill lays to the south and on the eastern side is the Kumaraswamy hill. A small tower crowns the entrance of the temple. There is an underground Ganapati shrine in the outer prakaram, while the shrines of Shiva and Parvati are in the innermost prakaram. The present structure of the temple was built by the Cholas of the 10th century.


Kalahasti attracts thousands of pilgrims during Maha Shivaratri which occurs in the Tamil month of Maasi i.e. from Feb 15 through March 15. During this period large-scale celebrations are marked by processions of the deities.

How to Reach:

By Air: The nearest airport is at Tirupati which is about 30 km from here
By Rail: Nearest railway station is at Hyderabad and the nearest railhead is Tirupati
By Road: 30 km from Tirupati and 4-5 hours drive from Chennai