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SRI KALAHASTHI, ANDHRA PRADESH, is located in the town of  Srikalahasthi is one of the most famous Shiva Temples  in South India, and is said to be the site where Kannappa  was ready to offer both his eyes to cover blood flowing from the Siva Linga  before the Lord Siva  stopped him and granted him Mukthi .

Srikalahasti temple, situated 36 km away from Tirupathi is famous for its Vayu Linga , one of the Panchabhoota Sthalams, representing wind. The temple is also regarded as Rahu-Ketu kshetra and Dakshina Kasi. The inner temple was constructed around 5th century and the outer temple was constructed in the 12th century by the Chola  kings and the Vijayanagara kings. Lord Shiva in his aspect as Vayu is worshiped as Kalahasteeswara. 
Deity:-  There are two major shrines within the temple complex dedicated to Lord Shiva  and Pavathi. Lord Siva exists in the form of Linga facing West . The Linga also bears the name Srikalahasteeswara. Parvati is in the standing posture facing East and is called by the name Gnana Prasunamba. There is a small shrine dedicated to Lord Dakshinamurthy (Guru) at the entrance of the temple who is regarded as one of the forms of Lord Shiva. Other than these there are many deities and idols dedicated to Venkateswara,  Vinayaka , Nataraja, Subhramanya, Surya, Nayanars and also replica Lingas of other famous Shiva temples all over India. 

The deity in the shrine is ornamented with precious stones, which gives it a unique appeal. It is firmly believed that the diety is so benevolent that he grants the wish of anyone who offers him something.

Note:- This temple is always crowded with Rahu Ketu Pooja, with Devotees coming from different parts of the Country. Sri Kalahasthi Rahu Ketu Pooja is performed at different places within temple premises. Pooja location depends on the cost of the ticket. 

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