Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple at Kanipakam of Andhra Pradesh
Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple at Kanipakam of Andhra Pradesh

Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple also called as Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple is located at Kanipakam, Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh and also dedicated to Lord Ganesh. The temple was believed to be built by Kulothunga Chola I, one of the greatest kings of the Chola Empire who ruled in the late 11th century and early 12th century. And was later contributed by Vijayanagar Kings. The temple complex has an Annadhanam hall (food offering hall) for serving food for the pilgrims of about 500 in a daily basis. And it also has a Kalyana mandapam (marriage hall).

Specialty

The presiding deity of Kanipakam Vinayaka temple is Lord Ganesha, who is called as the upholder of Truth. The Theertham (temple tank) of Kanipakam Vinayaka temple is considered very sacred and devotees worshipping Lord by taking a holy dip in the temple tank is considered to be the gospel truth. The annual Brahmotsavam of Kanipakam Vinayaka which lies in the month of August or September, is celebrated in a grand manner for 20 following days. The deity of this temple are taken in a procession in diffetrent vahanams (vehicles) around the areas. The festival starts from celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi and continues with float festival which attracts all the pilgrims from various parts of the country.

The Vahanams (vehicles) used for the processions are:

  • Special Utsava Vahanam
  • Adhikara Nandi Vahanam
  • Ravana Bhramha Vahanam
  • Yali Vahanam
  • Surya Prabha Vahanam
  • Chandra Prabha Vahanam
  • Kamadhenu Vahanam
  • Poling Seva Vahanam
  • Kalpvriksha Vahanam
  • Puspha Pallaki Vahanam
  • Vimanotsavam Vahanam

And the different Appearances of Lord Ganesha during the festival are:

  • Dhwajarohanam
  • Gramotsavam
  • Hamsa Vahanam
  • Peacock Vahanam
  • Mooshika Vahanam
  • Shasha Vahanam
  • Vrishabha Vahanam
  • Gaja Vahanam
  • Rathotsavam (Chairot)
  • Thiru Kalyanam and
  • Vadayathu Utsavam

Pooja Timings

  • Suprabatham – 04.00 AM to 05.00 AM
  • Palabhishekam – 5.45 PM to 6.15 PM
  • Ganapathi Sahasra Namarchana – 6.00 AM
  • Panchamrutha Abhishekam – 5.30 AM to 6.00 AM, 9.00 AM to 10.00 AM, 11.00 AM to 12.00PM
  • Ganapathi Homam – 9.00 AM to 12.00 PM
  • Nitya Kalyanotshavam -11.00 AM to 12.00 PM
  • Unjala Seva – 6.30 PM to 7.30 PM
  • Pavalimpu Seva(EkanthaSeva) – 9.30 PM to 10.00 PM

Festivals

  • Annual Brahmotsavam , Vinayaka Chavithi – August or September
  • Ugadi (Telugu New Year Day) – March
  • Pongal – January
By Road

Regular buses are available from Chitoor and Tirupati, Kanipakam is 11 km from Chitoor and 75 km from Tirupati.


By Train

The nearest railway station to Vinayaka Temple is Katpadi railway station which is 27 Km away from Vinayaka Temple.


By Air

The nearest airport to Vinayaka Temple is Tirupati airport, which is 66 Km away from Vinayaka Temple.

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