Sri Kalahasti temple is situated 36 km away from Tirupathi, Chittoor district of Andhra Pradhesh, India. This beautiful temple is located in pleasing surrounding at the bank of river Swarnamukhi flowing close to the temple. As devotees enter the premises, there is a beautiful deity dedicated to Annapurni and Kasi Vishwanatha. On the way to corridor, there is beautiful Bal Ganapathy enshrined. The interior temple is constructed in around 5th century and in the 12th century, the outer surface temple was constructed. Srikalahasti is one of the Pancha Bhoota Sthalams of Lord Shiva, the other being Chidambaram, Thiruvanaikaval, Kanchipuram and Tiruvannamalai. There are two wells, known as Surya Pushkarini and Chandra Pushkarini. There are also deity dedicated to Surya, the Sun God, Sadyo Mukti Ganapath and Subramanya.
The name of the city is a grouping of three terms, ‘Sri’ means a spider, ‘Kala’ means a serpent and ‘Hasti’ means an elephant. As per legends, these three living things are believed to have worshipped Lord Shiva at situate to attain salvation. The religious centre known as Dakshina Kailasam or Kalahasti is referred to as a spiritual abode of Lord Shiva. The Linga in the sanctum faces west and one can see impressions of a spider, snake and an elephant on the deity. The Linga, from a distance from the ground, appears like the five hoods of a serpent. It is interesting to note that a figure of tribal devotee Kannappa is also worshipped in the sanctum. There is also an ancient Shiva shrine of Manikanteshwara. Adi Sankara had worshipped the Lord here and sung in praise of him in Sivananda Lahari.
Srikalahasti has an early Shiva temple which has some mentions in Skanda Purana, Shiva Purana and Linga Purana. Numerous Tamil Shaivite saints had visited the holy place for seeking the blessings of Lord Shiva. During the 11th century, the holy shrine of Srikalahasti was built by Kulothunga Cholan I, II and III. A vast mandapam was presently added in the 16th century by Krishnadevaraya. Sri Kalahasti is also measured as a Navagraha Sthala which is dedicated to Kethu and Rahu. Navagraha Sthalas are the place from where the nine planets are said to have adored Lord Shiva. They are revered as Parihara Sthalas. There are two hills on both sides of the temple, known as Kannappamalai and Durgagiri or Dakshina Kailasam. There are deities dedicated to Devi Durgamba and Lord Kannappeshwara.
Mahashivrati Occasion is one of the prominent festivals held in this temple. Near about thousand of devotees visit here on this special occasion to get the blessing of Lord Shiva. The Sri Kalahasti temple is about 36 Km away from Tirupati. There is a direct railway service is also available from Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.