Kapila Theertham temple also called as Kapileswara Swamy temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is located near Tirumala hills, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. Kapila Theertham temple is the only sacred temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in and around the holy city Tirupati, which is mostly filled with Lord Vishnu temples. The temple is situated near to a mountain cave and at the base of the sacred hills of Tirumala, where it adds an attraction by a huge waterfall from the mountain stream Paapa Vinasanam.
The presiding deity of Kapila Theertham temple is Lord Shiva, who is worshiped by the name Lord Kapileswara Swamy. And a huge statue of Nandi (bull), the mount of Lord Shiva is located at the entrance of the temple. And it is said that the Kapila Maharishi, a Vedic saint who was considered to be the original proponent of the Samkhya system of Indian philosophy, have lived at this place and have performed mediations very before the installation of the idol of Lord Shiva at this place. And hence the temple is known to be called as Kapila Theertham temple. Theertham is the holy water that falls from the mountain as a waterfall and so it is named as Kapila Theertham (pond).
The Kapila Theertham temple has been supported and donated a lot by the Vijayanagar Kings during the period of 13th to 16th centuries, and very particularly from the emperorKing Saluva Narasimha Deva Raya, King Sri Krishna Deva Raya. Currently the Kapila Theertham temple is under the administration and protection of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam.
- Suprabhatham – 5.00 AM to 5.30 AM
- Abishekam – 5.30 AM to 6.30 AM and 4.00 PM to 4.30 PM
- Alankaram and Archana – 6.30 AM to 7.00 AM
- Sarvadarshanam – 7.00 AM to 4.00 PM and 5.30 PM to 8.00 PM
- Sahasranama Archana – 4.30 PM to 5.00 PM
- Lalitha Sahasranama Archana – 5.00 PM to 5.30 PM
- Ekantha Seva – 8.00 PM to 8.15 PM
- Karthika Deepam – November/December
- Float Festival – February/March
- Maha Sivarathri – February/March
- Navarathri Utsavam – September/October
A number of buses are operated by government operator APSRTC and private operators connecting Tirupati to other major cities and towns such as Vijayawada, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam etc.
Nearest railway station is Tirupati railway station. It is connected to Chennai Suburban Railway’s North Line. The other nearest stations are Renigunta, Chandragiri, Tirupati West, and Tiruchanur.
Tirupati Airport is the nearest airport to reach the temple. It has regular flights to Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam. The nearest International airport is Chennai International Airport which is 130 km (81 mi) from Tirupati.
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