Theertham : River Ponmuhali (also Swarnamukhi river)
Old year : 2000-3000 years old
Historical Name : Seekalathi
Location : Kalahasthi,Chittoor,Andhra Pradesh.
There are various stories associated with the sacrifice by the devotees of Lord Shiva for showing their devotion and respect for Shiva.
As per many Hindu scriptures the temple is associated with the story of the three ardent devotees of Lord Shiva. The name Sri kalahasti itself is derived from the name of all three devotees; Sri has been taken from spider, kala from serpent and Hasti from Elephant.
It is believed that all the three were ardent worshippers of Lord Shiva and they offered pooja to Lord Shiva in their own way. While the elephant offered Abhishek to Lord Linga with water which he used to bring from the nearby river, the spider used to wrap around the linga, the strong thread so as to protect it from getting deteriorated.
The Serpent on the other hand used to decorate the lingam by placing Naga Manikyam, his dear stone near the lingam. Once, while each of the three were trying to do the pooja in their own way, they crossed each other’s path and the elephant considered the method of worshipping of the spider is disrespectful and so, he splashed the thread the spider had weaved with his trunk full of water.
At the act of elephant, the serpent and spider got angry and to take revenge the serpent entered the trunk of the elephant and spread its venom.
The rage continued and the elephant smashed its trunk against the lingam and killed the serpent and in between the fight the spider also dies. Lastly the elephant dies because of the effect of the poison on its whole body. Looking at the sacrifice of his devotees, Lord Shiva was very much pleased and he gave salvation to elephant and the serpent while the spider got rebirth as King to serve the divine task.
The other story associated with the temple is that of Sri kannappa Swamy who was an enthusiastic devotee of Lord Shiva. It is believed that once, he saw blood coming out of the eyes of the Lord Shiva and so in reaction to that and to stop the flow of blood, he took out his one eye and placed it onto that of the lingam.
Then, he was stopped by Lord Shiva, when he was about to tear down his other eye. Lord Shiva then gave him Divya Darshan as he had already passed the divine test of the almighty.
Starting Our Journey around 08:00 PM from Theni.
Proceeding towards Tiruvannamalai.
On arrival @ Tiruvannamalai.
To visit Annamalaiyar Temple darshan.
Next Proceeding towards Vellore to visit Golden temple darshan.
Srikalahasti Temple darshan.
Alamelumanga Temple darshan.
Overnight stay @ Hotel.
Proceeding towards Meltirupathi, Akasha Ganga, Papanasam Theertham and Venkateswara Perumal Temple darshan.
After Darshan of Lord Venkateswara, the most sought after thing by the pilgrims is the famous, Laddu Prasadam.
Chandragiri Perumal Darshan.
Departing from Tirupathi, next Proceeding towards Theni.
What 's Included
We can provide stay for ( 2*, 3*, 5*, 7* )
2.Double sharing Rooms
5.Royal Suite Rooms
( as per requirement )
From Trip start to till end the Tour Guide will be take care
Local Speaking Guide - ( English,Tamil,Hindi,Telugu & Malayalam ) *