Today we traveled through pre-bifurcation Andhra Pradesh, and met people very different from each other, yet bound by their common love for India.
Distance Covered: 376 kms
States Covered: Andhra Pradesh
Districts Covered: Nellore, Ongole, Guntur
Sri Kalahasti Temple:
We drove to Kalahasti and visited the Siva Temple there. Sri Kalahasti temple, situated 36 km away from Tirupati is famous for its Vayu linga, one of the Panchabhoota Sthalams, representing wind. The temple is also associated with Rahu and Ketu (of the nine grahams or celestial bodies in the Indian astrological scheme). The river Suvarnamukhi takes the northerly course at Sri Kalahasti almost washing the west wall of the famous temple . Inside this very large temple, situated between two steep hills Sripuram and Mummidi-cholapuram, is the Sivalinga set to represent the element of Vayu.
This temple is considered as the Kailash of the South or Dakshin Kailash. Saivaite saints of the first century sang about this temple. The entire temple is carved out of the side of a huge stone hill.