The power of a “wind” is terrific and there is nothing to oppose it – The Lord Shiva is worshiped in his manifestation as “Air/Wind”


This ancient temple dedicated to “Lord Shiva” and One of the Panchabhootha sthalams (Pancha-Five, Bhootha-Elements).

There is a lamp inside the inner sanctum that is constantly flickering despite the lack of air movement inside. When the priests close off the main deity room entrance, one can see the flames on several ghee lamps flicker as if blown by moving air. The linga is white and is considered Swayambhu, or self-manifested.


The main linga is not allowed to touch by human hands, even by the priest. Abhisheka are offered to the utsava-murti, not the main linga. Abhisheka is done by pouring a mixture of water, milk, camphor, and panch amrita. Sandal paste, flowers and the hallowed thread.

Temple History:

The Pallava dynasty in the 5th century was constructed the initial structure of this temple.
The 100 pillar Mandapam were constructed by Krishnadevaraya, the Vijayanagara king in 1516 according to the inscription.
The Chola kings renovated the temple and constructed the main structure on the 10th century.

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Inside view of Sreekalahasti Siva Temple


Legend: The Lord “Vayu Lingam” is worshipped in his manifestation as “Air/Wind” at Srikalahasthi.

– The Legend of this temple closely related with the Jambukeswarar temple located at Thiruvanaikaval, and The Lord “Appu Lingam” is worshipped in his manifestation as “Water”. There were three Shiva’s disciples who live in Kailash, they were the Spider (Sri), the Serpent (serpent-snake) (Kala) and the Elephant (Hasti). Lord Shiva gave moksha to all three of them for their selfless devotion. The spider takes rebirth as a great king as Kochengot Chola (red-eyed king) while the elephant and the snake reach heaven for satisfying all its karma.

– This king Kochengot Chola continues his human life and builds a variety of temples with tons of stones that seeks to protect the underlying deity. It is interesting fact that all his temples, keep the deity beyond the access of an elephant. Read more on:

– There are several other legends connected to the glory of the temple. Goddess Parvati, Mayura, Chandra and Devendra were also freed from their curses.Shiva took Markandeya avathara in Kalahathi only.

Kannappa who protect the linga with his body to prevent it from any damage while all the sages ran away when the temple roof began to fall..

In another incident, One day Linga which was oozing with blood and tears. Kannappa plucked out one of his eyes and placed in the eye of Linga. After sometime the tears and the blood were coming from another eye, Kannappa decided to remove his second eye. Before he could done with the arrow, Lord Shiva appeared and restored his eye while granting him a boon to occupy a place close to him. (Kannappa was the reincarnation of Arjuna and adore the Lord before attaining final liberation).

Temple Special:

The temple famous for Rahu and Kethu Nivarana Pooja.
The beautiful river Suvarnamukhi in the west wall of the temple.
Temple situated between two steep hills Sripuram and Mummidi-Chola Puram.
The ancient tower(gopuram) height is 36.5 m (120 ft). The entire temple is carved out of the side of a huge stone hill.

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Darshan/Pooja Timings:

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 are to 9 pm and on other days from 6 am to 9.30pm. Details


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