Although there are many forms of Ganpati Bappa and many such Ganesh temples in the country are the center of faith of the devotees. The Kanipakam Vinayaka Mandir in Chittoor is also one such shrine. This temple is unique in itself from all the other temples because, one, this huge temple is situated in the middle of the river, and secondly the size of the idol of Ganapati situated here is increasing continuously. It is said that obstacles take away the sins of every devotee who comes here. Containing many stories of faith and miracles, this mandir of Kanipakkam Vinayak is present in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.

Story of Kanipakam Vinayaka Mandir

The story of the construction of the temple is also very interesting, it is said that there were three brothers. One of them was dumb, the other deaf, and the third blind. They bought a small piece of land for their house and cultivation together. For cultivation on the land, they required water, So, they dug a well that had dried up. After digging for a long time, the water came out.

Kanipakam Vinayaka Mandir

After digging a little more, a stone appeared. They saw surprisingly that a stream of blood started coming out while removing that stone. That made the water of the well red immediately.  As soon as this miracle happened, all three brothers, who were dumb, deaf, or blind, completely cured. When this news reached the people living in that village, they all started gathering to see this miracle. Then everyone saw the idol of Lord Ganesha himself manifested there, which was installed there in the middle of the water. It was founded in the 11th century by the Chola king Kulotunga Chola I. The temple was expanded in the Vijayanagara Empire in 1336.

It said that the size of Vinayak’s idol present in this temple is increasing day by day. You must be surprised by this too, but people here believe that this idol of Ganapati increasing its size every day. The proof of this is his stomach and knees, which are taking bigger sizes. Sri Lakshmamma, a devotee of Vinayaka, said to have presented him with a Kovach, but due to the increase in the size of the statue, it has become difficult to wear it.

A unique story related to the river

There also a unique story related to the river in which the Vinayak temple situated. There were two brothers named Sankha and Likhita. Both of them had gone for a visit to Kanipakkam. Both tired because of the long journey. On the way, Likhita felt very hungry. When he saw a mango tree on the way, he started plucking mangoes. His brother Sankha stopped him a lot from doing this but he did not agree.

After this, his brother Sankha complained to the panchayat there, where both his hands  amputated as punishment. It said that Likhitha later put her hands in this river located near Kanipakkam, after which her hands reunited. Since then, this river has been named Bahuda, which means the hand of the common man. It is important for this river that Kanipakkam Mandir also known as Bahuda River.

Kanipakam Vinayaka Mandir

All sins are washed away


It said that no matter how sinful a person may be, if he has the darshan of Kanipakkam Ganesha, then all his sins eradicated. There a rule related to darshan in this temple. It believed that only by following this rule sins destroyed.


The rule is that any person must ask God to forgive his sinful deeds. He has to take a bath in the river situated here and take a vow that he will never again commit the kind of sin for which he has come to ask for forgiveness. After making such a vow, all the sins removed by having the darshan of Lord Ganesha.

How to reach Kanipakam Vinayaka Mandir


In the Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh Chittoor district is located. Chittoor district Tirupati is famous for the Kanipakkam temple. After reaching Hyderabad by air, Chittoor can be reached by road from there.



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