Vinayaka Temple, Kanipakam

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Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Temple
Svayambhu Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Temple
Kanipakam Temple.jpg
Kanipakam temple entrance and koneru in front
Religion
AffiliationHinduism
DistrictChittoor district
DeityGanesha
FestivalsVinayaka Chavithi
Location
LocationKanipakam
StateAndhra Pradesh
CountryIndia
Architecture
TypeDravidian architecture
Completed11th century
Website
Kanipakam Temple

Vinayaka Temple or Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple is a Hindu temple of Ganesha. It is located at Kanipakam in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India.[1] The temple is about 11 km from Chittoor and 68 km from Tirupati.

Legend[edit]

According to legend, there were three brothers who were mute, deaf and blind. They were digging a well to fetch water to their field. The device they were using fell into the well hitting hard object. When they dug further, blood started to gush out of the well and the three got rid of their disabilities. The villagers rushed to the spot and found deity of Ganesha. Villagers dug further, but they were not able to find the base of the deity. The deity sits in the well which is always full of water.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The temple was constructed in the early 11th century CE by the Chola king Kulothunga Chola I and was expanded further in 1336 by the Emperors of Vijayanagara dynasty.[2]

Presiding deity[edit]

The deity of Vinayaka in the Temple

Vinayaka is the presiding deity of the temple. As per legend, it is believed that the deity is Svayambhu(Self-manifested). The deity is seen in the well, full of water always.

Administration[edit]

The temple is under the control of Endowments department of Andhra Pradesh which will appoint a trust board of 15 members to administer the temple.[3]

Festivals[edit]

Annual brahmotsavams will be celebrated for 21 days starting from Vinayaka chavithi day. The processional deity of Vinayaka will be taken in a procession on different vahanams on these days amidst large number of pilgrims across the country.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "index (Devasthanam Official Site) | Sri Varasiddi Vinayaka Swamy Vari Devasthanam". tms.ap.gov.in. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Kanipakam temple board constituted". The Hans India. 4 August 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  4. ^ "All set for Kanipakam temple fest". The Hans India. 4 September 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2018.

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