Other Places to visit in Sri Kalahasteeswara Temple, Srikalahasti

Pathala Ganapathi
By the way, do not forget to see the Pathala Ganapathi who is associated with the old Sivalingam beneath the temple. You cannot see the Old SivaLingam (related to the old Story of SriKalaHasti) beneath the temple but you can imagine it (and the real story) when you see the Lord Ganapathi.Patala Ganapati is a small underground temple located in the temple complex. Pilgrims should make it a point to visit this interesting place. One has to bow down carefully to worship this Ganapati 20 feet below on a very narrow staircase.

Bharadwaja Thirtham
It is situated to the east of Sri Kalahasthi temple. It is amidst three hills. It is a pilgrim centre. To the south of the temple, atop a hill there is the sannidhi of Panchamukheswara. Some sculptures can be seen there. Maharishi Bharadwaja is said to have meditated here in the Krtha Yuga.

Suka Brahmaashramam
Bhakta Kannappa hospital, and westward from the temple, Kumaraswami temple. Varadarajasami temple in the centre of the town and Chakreshwara temple are some of the important places.

Dhakshina Kailasam
(The hill with thousand lingas): Here there is a big linga on which thousand lingas can be seen. It is located about 7 km south of Sri Kalahasthi

Durgamba Temple
North of the temple is the Durgambika hill it is located with in wakable distance from Srikalahasti Temple it is famous hill In the season of Navaratri(Dasara), as per the history the main worship was installed by Adi sankaracharya.

Sri Subrahmanya Swami Temple
Ease of the temple is the Subrahmanya Swami. The worship situated on a hill which is in wakable distance from Srikalahasti Temple.

Sri Kalika Mata Temple
Here the main worship named as Kalika mata the worship is around a pleasant nature. It is located at Vedam Village about 5 Kms south from Srikalahasti.

Sri Prasanna Varadaraja Swami Temple
At the center to Srikalahasti the worship Sri Prasanna varadaraja Swami situated.

Other Temples
Also other temples like Mutyalamma Temple, Manikhanteswara Temple, Bangaramma Temple, Ponnalamma Temple are located in Srikalahasti, And Neela Khanteswara swami Temple, Chennakeswara Swami temple are located in Urandur Village 2 Km from Srikalahasti.

Sahasra Linga Teertham, within the Kailasagiri hills are famous and sacred(Kalahasti it is about 5 miles far)
1. Harahar Tirtham, which is three miles from Kalahasti
2. Kalinga Tirtham, which is five miles from Kalahasti towards the east
3. Sahasra Linga Tirtham which is five miles southwest of Kalahasti
4. Markandeya Tirtham, six and a half miles from Sahasra Linga Tirtham
5. Mayura Tirtharn, named after Mayura Maharshi
6. Bharadwaja Tirtham, which is three and a half miles from the main temple
7. Narada Tirtham in the entree of the town
8. Saraswati Tirtham, which is said to have the property of making the dumb people speak if they take the water of this as Prasada for forty days
9. Suka Tirtharn after Suka Maharshi
10. Brahma Tirtham
11. Manikarnika Tirtharn

There is another very interesting and devotional legend connected with Kalahasti, namely the story of a great Saivite Bhakta called Kannappa. Kannappa was a hunter who was called Tinnappa before he became a saint, and be lived in the forest hunting animals. He was a great Bhakta of the Lord, and he used to offer the flesh of the animals to the Lord first as sacrament after tasting if they were good enough to be offered to the Lord. To test his sincerity and devotion, the Lord one day made it appear as if water was dropping from the eye of the Lingam. Tinnappa. Thought that some one had harmed the Lord, and immediately without any hesitation removed one of his own eyes and offered it to the Lord in place of the one from which water was flowing. The water from the eye of the Lord stopped at once. After some time Tinnappa noticed that the other eye of the Lord was also affected. He at once began to remove his other eye also to offer it to the Lord as he did with his first.Since on removal of both his eyes he would become blind, and would not be able to locate the Lord's eye, he with his left foot marked the place of the Lord's eye, so that by feeling the eye of the Lord with his leg he could locate the exact spot where the Lord's eye was and replace it with his own eye. At that time the Lord, pleased with the strength of his devotion, gave him Darsan and restored his eyesight and also gave him the name "Kannappa," that is, one who gave his eyes to the Lord. Pleased with his devotion the Lord also ordained that be should be near the Lingam permanently.

Therefore we find the idol of Kannappa near the Lingam and Pujas are first offered to him and then only to the Lord. On the top of the hill there is another temple of Kannappa Nayanar.

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