Kalahasti is one of the most revered Saivite shrines just outside Tamilnadu, near Tirupati. It is considered to be
a Navagrahastalam where Rahu & Ketu worshipped Shiva. and a Vayu Kshetram (Wind) one
of the Panchabhoota Stalams signifying
the 5 elements of wind (Kalahasti), water (Tiruvanaikka), fire (Tiruvannamalai),
earth (Kanchipuram) and space (Chidambaram).
This is the 19th of the 32 Tevara Stalams in the Tondai region of
The Temple: This is a vast
temple adjoining a hill on the banks of Swarnamukhi. Sambandar composed hymns in honor of
Kailasam, Gowrikundam & Sreesailam from here. Muthuswamy Deekshitars Kriti Sree
Kaalahasteesa celebrates this shrine. The Gopurams and mandapams that adorn this vast
temple are contributions of the Cholas & the Vijayanagar Empire who patronized this
temple The inner precincts of the temple are very similar in construct to the other 4 Panchabhoota Temples in Tamilnadu.
Legends: Shiva here was worshipped by a spider,snake & elephant as
in Tiruvanaikkaval. Kannappa Nayanar a hunter is also associated with Kudumidevar-Shiva
atop the adjacent hill. It is believed that the 3 Saints Appar, Sundarar and Sambandar,
worshipped the Shivalingam on the hill.
Please visit a special Templenet feature on Sree Kalahasti
for more information.