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Sri Kalahasti Temple is a Lord Shiva temple in Srikalahasti in Chitoor district of Andhra Pradesh. The temple is around 120 kms away from Chennai and 36kms near Thirupati.

The temple is a padal petra sthalam and is also a pancha bootha sthalam – Vayu. It is also one of the Shakit Peetam as Sri Gnaprasanambikai here is considered as Gnashakti. This temple is also a famous Rahu Ketu Sthalam. It is also known as Dakshina Kailasam.

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Parking Difficulty : Mild
Walking Needed : Less than 300 meters inside the temple
Time Needed : 20-50 minutes
Open Timings : 5.00 AM to 12:00 Noon and from 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM
Still Photography : Not Allowed inside the Inner Sanctum
Video Photography : Not Allowed inside the Inner Sanctum
Moolavar : Sri Kallathiyappar/ Gnaprasunambikai
Sthala Vruksham : Magizham
Theertham : Swarnakukhi River (Gundaaru)
Traditional Name: Sri Kalahasti
Padal : Thirunavukkarasar/Sundarar/Thirugnasambandar
Tropical Climate for most part of the year. Wear Cotton (March-November)
Wear Traditional Dress. Cover yourself decently
Avoid Shoes
Nearest Railway Station : Sri Kalasthi Railway Station
Nearest Airport : Tirupati/Chennai Airport
Nearest National Highway : NH71
Nearest Landmark : Kalahasti Arch

The temple was constructed during 5th century and various kings have contributed to it right upto Rajendra Chola in 11th century and Krishnadeva Raya in 16th Century AD. The rajagopuram of the temple, which was constructed in 15th century collapsed in the year 2010 and a new one was constructed and consecrated in the year 2017.

The Lord Shiva here was worshipped by all saints – Thirunavukkarasar, Thirgnasambandar, Sundarar and Manickavasagar.

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