Srikalahasti

Overview

Srikalahasti is a holy town near Tirupati. It is located on the banks of the river Swarnamukhi, a tributary of the river Pennar. It is one of the important ancient Shiva Kshetras (Shiva Temples) of South India. The temple occupies the area between the river bank and the foot of the hills and is popularly known as Dakshina Kailasam. The three lofty Gopurams of the temple are remarkable for their architecture. This temple was built during the period of King Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagar. A huge hundred pillared mantapam is another important feature of this shrine. The temple is an architectural marvel where the Lingam is known as Vayulingam and the famous Rahu-kethu poojas are performed here. Kalahasti is also the place of origin of the popular textile painting art called kalamkari. The name of the place comes from three animals, Sri (spider), Kala (snake) and Hasti (elephant) who worshipped Shiva and gained salvation here. A statue that shows all three animals is situated in the main shrine  
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