Srikalahasti Temple

Srikalahasti Temple

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Srikalahasti Temple (;; ) is located in the town of Srikalahasti, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is one of the most famous Shiva temples in South India, and is said to be the site where Kannappa, one of the 63 Saivite Nayanars, was ready to offer both his eyes to cover blood flowing from the Siva linga before the Lord Siva stopped him and granted him mukti.

Sri Kalahasti temple, situated 36 km away from Tirupati is famous for its Vayu deva temple, which is the only shrine for the God of Wind in India. Constructed in the 12th century by the Chola king, Rajendra Chola, Vayu is incarnated as Lord Shiva and worshipped as Kalahasteeswara.

Pancha Bootha Sthalam

It is one of the five major Shiva temples (Pancha Bhoota Sthalam), representing one of the five major elements - Wind. The five elements are,

  1. Earth – Telugu: భూమి (bhoomi),Tamil: நிலம் (Nilam) - Kanchipuram - Ekambareswarar Temple
  2. Water – Telugu: జలము (Jalamu), Tamil: நீர் (Neer) - Thiruvanaikaval - Jambukeswara Temple
  3. Fire – Telugu: అగ్ని (Agni),Tamil: நெருப்பு (Nerupu) - Tiruvannamalai - Annamalaiyar Temple
  4. Wind – Telugu: వాయువు (Vaayuvu),Tamil: காற்று (Kaatru) - Srikalahasti
  5. Sky – Telugu: ఆకాశం (Akaasam), Tamil: வான் (Vaan) - Chidambaram - Chidambaram Temple

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