Srikalahasti Shiva Temple

October 27, 2022 by admin0

Legend

All the 27 Nakshatras and 9 Rashis integrated into the self-manifested Lord Shiva idol in Srikalahasti Temple. Surprisingly, only Srikalahasti Shiva Temple remains open during the entire eclipse. Priests do not touch the linga with their hands on any day. The temple, which is famous as one of the Panch Bhoot Sthalas, houses a linga dedicated to the Vayu element or the wind god.

Kalahasti Vayutattva Linga is one of the five elements considered to be the five elements of Lord Shiva in South India. There is also a Shaktipeeth out of 51 Peeths. The right shoulder of Sati had fallen here. Srikalahasti Temple is on the banks of river Swarnamukhi. There is little water in this river. This temple is situated on the bank of the river.

Srikalahasti Shiva Temple

Skanda Purana, Shiva Purana, and Linga Purana all mention the old Srikalahasti Shiva Temple. Many Tamil Shaivite saints have come there in search of the blessings of Lord Shiva.

Two legends well known associated with Srikalahasti, one about the devotee Kannappa and his fervent devotion to Lord Shiva. This linga collectively known as Sri Kala Hasti Ishwar because at one time an elephant, a snake, and a spider worshiped Lord Shiva here and attained salvation here.

There a legend associated with a tribal hunter named Thinna who a devotee of Shiva. He decided to offer daily worship to the Lord one day after being impressed by the worship being done in the temple of Lord Shiva. As the days passed, he became so deeply in love with Lord Shiva, that he started feeding the meat of hunted animals to the Lord. Enraged by this incident, the temple priest reprimanded Thinna. But one day when one eye of the Lord started bleeding, Thinna took out one of his eyes and offered it to the Lord.

The blood is no longer flowing from the eyes of the Lord. Lord Shiva gave his darshan to Thinna and named him Kannappa. God gave him salvation. The priest then understood what true devotion was like and saw how qualified Kannappa was. The hill named after Kannappa, a great Nayanmar who created history (Shaiva saint).

 

 

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