Wednesday , 28 June 2017

Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple – Kanipakam

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About Temple

Sri Swayambhu Varasiddhi Vinayaka Swamy in Kanipakm, Chittoor Dt, Andhra Pradesh. Background Story of Kanipakam Temple: Temple is located in a small village called Kanipakam. This historic temple is in Kanipaakam in Irala Mandal, Chittoor District. It is about 11 km from Chittoor town. The swayambhu idol of Kanipakam known as the up-holder of truth. Disputes are solved between people is resolved by taking a ‘special oath’. The people in the dispute take a holy dip in the temple tank and swear before the lord. It is taken as gospel truth.

There are instances when the person who committed that sin voluntarily agrees as soon as he had the dip and much before entering the temple itself. It seems the Lord lawns invisibly on the sinner and makes him repent and feel guilty for his sinful deeds.kanipakam

Kanipakam – History 

In Tamil “Kani” means wetland and “Pakam” means flow of water into wetland.According to the legend of the temple there were three brothers and each one had a handicap. Viz., Dumb, Deaf and Blind. They were earning out their livelihood by cultivating a small piece of land.
In olden days water was drawn from the well by way of ‘Piccota System’. As one of them used to irrigate the field through the channels, the other two used to ply on the Piccota. On one such operation they found that the water in the well got dried up and they could no longer continue their job. One of them got into the well and started digging it up. He was taken aback to see the iron implement hitting a stone like formation.
Later, he was shocked to see blood oozing out from it. Within a few seconds the entire water in the well, turned blood red in colour. Thus, startled by this divine sight, all the three became normal getting rid of their deformities. As soon as the villagers came to know about this miracle, they thronged to the well and tried to deepen the well further. But their attempt proved futile because the ‘swayambhu’ idol (the self-manifested) of Lord Vinayaka emerged from the swirling waters
Tamil word “KANIPARAKAM” and later pronounced as KANIPAKAM. Another striking and strange feature of the idol is that it is still growing in size. At present, we can see the knees and the abdomen of the idol. Smt. Lakshmamma, an ardent devotee had offered a ‘Kavacham’ (Armour) to the Lord, fifty years ago but today it is out of size and doesn’t fit the idol. The holy water from the well is offered to the devotees as theertham. Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka as up-holder of ‘Truth’ The swayambhu idol of Kanipakam is the up-holder of truth. Day to day disputes between people is resolved by taking a ‘special oath’. The people in the dispute take a holy dip in the temple tank and swear before the lord. It is taken as gospel truth.
There are instances when the person who committed that sin voluntarily agrees as soon as he had the dip and much before entering the temple itself. It seems the Lord lawns invisibly on the sinner and makes him repent and feel guilty for his sinful deeds.
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Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka as up-holder of ‘Truth’


The swayambhu idol of Kanipakam is the up-holder of truth. Day to day disputes between people are resolved by taking a special oath (Pramanam). The people involved in the disputes i.e., both the parties take a holy dip in the temple tank (Pushkarini) and swear before the lord. It is taken as gospel truth. There are instances when the person who committed the sin voluntarily agrees as soon as he had the dip and much before entering the temple itself. It seems the lord dawns invisibly on the sinner and makes him repent & feel guilty for his sinful deeds. Thus the glory of Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka spread far and wide and the honourable courts upheld the ‘Special Oath’ in their judicial pronouncements.

The villagers of Kanipakam believe that the disputes are settled without the interference of the court, police and middlemen. It is all due to the purification of the hearts of the rivals under his divine spell. The guilty accept their guilt and pray to HIM for his forgiveness. Devotees who wish to give up bad habits like smoking, drinking, etc take bath in the pushkarini and take are oath in the temple at Kanipakam by contributing Rs. 516/-. The time of the seva is between 5 pm to 5.15 pm everyday which is called Pramanam.

Importance of Lord Vinayaka 


First letter of all the mantras is ‘Om’. Om symbolizes ‘Ganapathi’ the God of the Ganas, who fought against the demons and the rakshas (the evil doers). When the yagnas could not be continued and Rishis were not let to live in peace and to continue to perform the rituals they approached Lord Siva. Lord Siva was pleased with the penance of the Rishis and assured them that they would be relieved of their suffering. That was the advent of Lord Vinayaka as the lord of the Ganas assuming the position of Ganadhipathi. Lord Vinayaka is also called Parvathi Thanaya, Ganesha, Lambodara, Gajanana, etc., related to his birth. There are various versions in the Puranas like Padma Purana, Linga Purana, and Siva Purana about his divine birth and existence who is worshipped by Gods too, to overcome obstacles before their start anything. Even Pooja to other Gods and Goddesses begins with invocation to Lord Ganesha. Lord Vishnu proclaimed that worship revolved to any God is futile, if it is not invoked by the blessings of Lord Vinayaka.

The self manifested idol of Kanipakam (Swayambhu)


The idols are of three types. In some holy places the presiding deities are not man made. They are self manifested. In some places Gods themselves install the idols of other deities. There are some holy places where idols are installed by humans and worshipped. Kanipakam Varasiddhi Vinayaka is a self manifested one.

Soulful prayers of ardent devotees are well received and performing Abhishekam to the self – manifested idol fulfils are wishes. People affected by chronic diseases and Grahapeedas (planetary disorders) offer special sevas to the Swayambhu Vigraha and are sure to get relieved from the problems by His Grace. 

How to Reach: Kanipakam is well connected by road from Tirupathi, Tiruthani, Kuppam, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ananthapur, Cuddapah, Vellore and other places. There are regular bus services operated by the APSRTC. The nearest Railway Station is Chittoor and the next is Tirupathi.

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Important Festivals 


1. Vinayaka Chavithi
2. Annual Brahmotsavam: Commences from Ganesh Chaturthi. It is celebrated with all traditional pomp and gaiety. The Utsava Murthi (festive idol) is taken out in procession on all the days colourfully decked on different Vahanams (Carriages). The soulful participation of the devotees is praise worthy. The Float festival attracts piligrims from all over the country.
3. Ugadi (Telugu New Year Day)
4. January 1 (New Year)

 

Darshans


1. Free Darshan – During temple timings apart from Abhishekam time.
2. Prathyeka Darshan (Special darshan) – Rs. 10/-. Entry through a special “Q” for darshan.
3. Sheeghra Darshan – Rs. 51/- (per person)
4. Nijaroopa darshan – Rs. 50/- (5.00 am to 5.30 am, 7.00 am to 7.30 am, 8.30 am to 9.00 am, 10.30 am to 11.00 am, 4.30 pm to 5.00 pm)

Sawatha Pujas: 


1. Saswatha Kalyanotsavam – Rs. 15,116/-
2. Saswatha Unjal Seva – Rs. 7,500/-
3. Saswatha Abhishekam – Rs. 7,500/-
4. Saswatha Ganapathi Homam – Rs. 7,500/-
5. Saswatha Puja – Rs. 1,516/-
6. Saswatha Nithya Archana – Rs. 1,516/-
7. Saswatha Vuchitha Prasadam – Rs. 1,516/-

Sub Temples: 

1. Sri Veeranjaneya Swamy temple
2. Sri Varadaraja Swamy temple
3. Sri Manikanteswara temple.
The above three temples are very nearer to the main temple and there is a master plan get the three temples in one compound.

Nearby Temples:-


Manikanteswara Temple:

The temple of Manikanteshwara is very ancient. Archaeologists date this to the times of Rajakulothunga Chola. The legend is that he built 108 temples by ordain of Lord Shiva to relieve him from ‘Brahma Hathya pathakam’ (the sin of killing Lord Brahma). The temple is famous for its architecture. The exquisite sculpture is an added attraction to the temple.

Varadaraja Swamy Temple:

The temple of Sri Varadaraja Swamy makes it a Hari Hara Kshetram. The width and height of compound wall of this temple is commendable and it stands as a land mark in the surroundings. The other temples inside are that of Sri Anjaneya Swamy and the Navagrahas.

Ardhagiri Sri Veeranjaneya Swamy Kshetram, Aragonda, Chittor Dist: That Faith can move the mountain is proved at this temple. 15 kms away from Kanipakam is Sri Veeranjaneya Swamy temple of Ardhagiri. The famous temple that attracts devotees from far and wide has a legend. It seems in Treta Yuga, during a battle Lakshmana went unconscious. In order to save his life Lord Hanuman carried Sanjeevani Parvatha. During the Journey, a piece of Sanjeevani Parvatha fell here. Later that place was called Aragonda. It is a belief that the Sanjeevaraya Pushkarini (tank) water here never gets dried up. Devotees carry water from this pond for intake as it is said to cure all diseases and it stays fresh for a long period. It is the belief that the water cures acute cases. This has been proved in the cases of Psoriasis, initial stage of TB, Asthma, Cancer, Joint Pains. The experiences of the patients who were cured have been recorded and they stand as testimony to it.

The striking feature of the Moola Vigraha (Main deity) is that it faces towards north, which is a rarity. The first rays of the sun, fall on the feet of the Lord. Gradually the sun rays disappear after reaching the head of the Lord. It is also believed that the ardent devotees and staunch believers can even hear the ‘Omkaranada’ (chanting of the ‘Om’) at midnight amidst silence. It is deemed that Lord Anjaneya stays to safe guard Lord Lakshmi Narayana as he dwells there.

Festivals and Sevas at Ardhagiri:

Full moon day attracts thousands of pilgrims. It is said that prayers offered overnight on a full moon day are well received by the Lord. Cultural programs one organized throughout the night. Garlands made of betel leaves, black gram and Tulasi adorn the Lord.

Kanipakam Brahmotsavams

The Annual Brahmotsavams Festival will be conducted for 21-days starting on the Hindu festival of Vinayaka Chavithi (or Ganesh Chaturthi) that generally falls in the months of August/September of every year. People from all parts of the state will be taking the darshan of Lord Ganesh during this festive season. Lord Ganesh will appear in a different avatar each day to his devotees. These include Gramotsavam, Hamsa Vahanam, Peacock Vahanam, Mooshika Vahanam, Shasha Vahanam, Vrishabha Vahanam, Gaja Vahanam, Rathotsavam(in which the Lord ascends a traditional Chariot), Thiru Kalyanam and Vadayathu Utsavam.

Distance :

77.5 kms from Tirupati RTC Bus stand
78 Kms from Tirupati Railway station

How to Reach:

By Raod:

Kanipakam is well connected by road from Tirupathi, Tiruthani, Kuppam, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ananthapur, Cuddapah, Vellore and other places. There are regular bus services operated by the APSRTC.

By Train:

The nearest Railway Station is Chittoor and the next is Tirupathi.

 Accomodation:

There are 6 rooms run by the Kanipakam Devasthanam and 14 rooms run by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Choultries.

Contact:

Sri Swayambu Varasidhi Vinayakaswamy
Vari Devasthanam,
Kanipakam, Irala Mandal
Chittoor
Andhra Pradesh India

Telephone: 91-8573-281540 (office), 91-8573-281747 (EO), 91-8573-281547 (PA)
Fax: 91-8573-281747
E-mail: info@kanipakamvinayaka.org

Address : 

Sri Swayambu Varasidhi Vinayaka swamy Temple
Kanipakam, Irala (Mandalam)
Chittoor (Dst.),
Andhra Pradesh

 

Website: http://www.kanipakam.com/contactus.html

Another striking and strange feature of the idol is that it is still growing in size. At present, we can see the knees and the abdomen of the idol. Smt. Lakshmamma, an ardent devotee had offered a ‘Kavacham‘ (Armour) to the Lord, fifty years ago but today it is out of size and doesn’t fit the idol. The holy water from the well is offered to the devotees as theertham.

‘KANIPAKAM’ – a place where even the most demanding prayers of man is dealt with benign fulfillment.

‘KANIPAKAM VARASIDDHI VINAYAKA’ – 1000 YEARS old Magnificient and Mysterious Growing LORD may bless you.

 

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