In Hinduism, though all the gods are equal, Lord Ganesha has a special place. We start anything new in our life after taking his blessing as he is the one who gets rid off all the obstacles from our lives. Friends welcome to our post “Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple – Kanipakam Temple- Chitoor – Andhra Pradesh“
Such a important place Lord Ganesha (also called as Lord Vinayaka) holds in our life, that if we tell you that there is a temple near Chitoor which is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is swayambhu , you will definitely like to visit. And the place I am talking about is Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple or the Kanipakam Temple
Yes, the idol of Lord Ganesha at Kanipakam temple ( Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple) is “Swayambhu“, which means it is “self-manifested” or “it is created by its own accord”. This is an interesting background to this temple.
So when we heard of this temple, it became a must visit for us and we also found some information on the history of this temple
(There is lots on internet. Wikipedia has some good information, also http://www.kanipakam.com/ also has a great details about this temple)
Why Sri Ganesha is called Swayambhu at Kanipakam Temple?
According to the legend, there were three brothers and each one had a handicap. i.e Dumb, Deaf and Blind. They were earning out their livelihood by cultivating a small piece of land.
To irregate thier field they use to take water from a well. One day they found that the water has dried up. So one of them got into the well and started digging it. While digging he found that the iron tool he was using for digging has hit a stone and blood has strated oozing out of the stone. With in some time the well water became red.
These three brothers were the wittness to this and they became normal after witnessing this.
zWhen villagers came to know about this miracle, they also gathered and tried to dig the well further and found a Ganesha idol coming out from there and hence the name “Swayambhu”.
It is believed that the idol keeps growing. At present till knees and abdomen is seen.
Major festival at Kanipakam Temple
Brahmotsavam is held in kanipakam vinayaka temple for Lord Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka every year. It starts from Ganesh Chaturthi and goes on for 20 days. During this period there is huge rush.
How to reach kanipakam vinayaka temple
The temple is near Chitoor. It is a very well know pilgrimage center and
hence the directions are well marked.
It is around 180 Kms from Bangalore and route is as below
Bangalore -> Hoskote – > Kolar – > Chitoor – > Kanipakam
It is around 165 Kms from Chennai and roue is as below
Chennai – > Ranipet – > Chitoor – > Kanipakam
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How far is kanipakam from tirupati
Since Kanipakam is also in Chitoor districs, it makes sense to visit this temple if you are visiting the region specifically Shri Tirupati Balaji temple.
By Road – Tirupati to Kanipakam
Kanipakam is around 70 Kms from Tirupati. And can be covered in 1.30 hours by Kanipakam Tirupati road.
By Train – Tirupati to Kanipakam
You can go from Tirupati to Chitoor by train and then you can take Taxi/Auto from there. It is around 12Kms from Chitoor. It is the cheapest way to reach Kanipakam from Tirupathi.
By Bus – Tirupati to Kanipakam
There are regular buses you can get from Tirupati for Kanipakam. Goverment as well as private buses.
Where to Stay at Kanipakam Vinayak Temple
If you plan to stay over night at Kanipakam Vinayak Temple, there are lots of rooms available near by temple.
Remember, Kanipakam is a religious place and hence you do not have fancy hotels there. But definitely you can find rooms near by temple which are good to wind up you day and plan for next day darshan.
People who plan to stay there are people who reach there late in evening or people who are planning to attend early morning aarti.
Note that there is a ticket which needs to be taken in advance for next days early morning aarti and generally hotel gus help with that.
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