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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 main Lingam has a pedestal and is in the shape of the trunk of an elephant with tusks on either side or a figure of the spider at the bottom. Looked at from the top, it presents the appearance of a snake with five hoods. The name of the spider is 'Sri', the serpent is called 'Kala' and the elephant is called 'Hasti'. Hence these three forms combined into one goes by the name, Srikalahasti which is held to be one of the Panchabhutalingas of the South. As stated above, the Pancha Bhutas is the Earth, the Water, the Fire, the Wind, and the Ether. Corresponding to these there are five Lingas, which are worshipped, in five famous Kshetras of which Kalahasti is one, representing the element of Vayu. The Pancha Bhuta Kshetras are Kanchipuram representing Prithvi or earth, the Jambukeswara representing Appu or water, Arunachala representing Tejas or light, Sri Kalahasti representing Vayu or air, and Chidambaram representing Akash or ether. There is a light in the innermost Garbhagriha of the temple, which is always flickering, as if it is being blown by wind, even though there are no holes or windows anywhere there. This is said to represent the Vayu element from which the temple is derived.

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