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Temples & Legends of Andhra Pradesh
Index of Andhra Pradesh

Kulapati's Preface

Author - Shri. N . Ramesan On Temples
Srisailam

Ahobalam

Alampur Lepakshi
Tadpatri Mahanandi
Tirupati Kalahasti
Chezerla

Amaravati

Mangalagiri Vijayawada
Akiripalli Draksharama
Kotipalli Annavaram
Simhachalam Arasavalli
Srikurmam Bhadrachalam
Yadagiri Vemulavada
Dharmapuri
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KALAHASTI

The Siva Linga of Kalahasti is one of the five supreme Lingas representing the five great Elements. These are installed in five great Kshetras. These Kshetras are dedicated to the five Elements, namely, Water, Fire, Air, Ether and Earth. The Vayu Linga is said to be installed in this Kshetras. In proof of the above, it can be seen that in the Garbhagriha of the temple there is a light which to this day is flickering even though there is no loophole for the air to enter the temple.

The Linga here is said to have been worshipped in the ancient days by a spider, a snake and an elephant. The spider worshipped the Lord by spinning a web over it, the snake by placing a gem over it, and the elephant by washing the Linga with water. These three are said to have attained Moksha in the temple by their devotion to the Lord. The marks of these three are still pointed out on the central Linga which, together with the ancient Nandi in front, is white in color, and hence held to be Swayambu or self - manifest.

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