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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

Kalahasti and the hill Kailasagiri are famous in the Puranas. According to the Skanda, Saiva, and Linga Puranas, the idol of Sri Kalahastiswara is said to have been brought by Brahma the Creator from Mount Kailash as a gift from Lord Iswara. According to the instructions of the Lord, he kept the idol and worshipped the same, so that he may by his worship recollect the process of creation, which was forgotten by him. Hence it is that the hill is called Kailasagiri.

In the Kalabasti Sthalapurana it is clearly stated as to which Rishis worshipped which Lingam in each of the four yugas in order to attain salvation. The Sthalapurana, states. That when Brahma the Creator began to perform penance in the presence of this Linga, Lord Siva left Kailash and took his abode in this idol. Goddess Parvati finding that she had been left along herself, also came to this Linga and began her Pujas and penance. During this period Durga was her attendant. After the completion of the penance of Brahma and Parvati, Lord Siva gave Darsan to them. Durga, the attendant, was also granted a boon, and according to her wish she was converted into a Goddess. Hence there is a bill here called Durga hill. The Lord and the Goddess are taken out in procession on two occasions---on the ninth day of Mahashivaratri festival and on Makarasankranti day.

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