Kanipakam Varasiddhi Vinayaka Swamy
Sri Swayambu Varasidhi Vinayaka Swami at Kanipakam is one of the popular Lord Ganesh temples in India. The word swayambu describes that it is self-manifested/ self-created. Even the location Kanipakam has its own meaning, ‘kani’ means wetland and the word ‘pakam’ means flow of water in the wetland.
There is a glorious history for this temple. According to the data, it is said that it was constructed in the early 11th century. In later period, emperors of Vijayanagara dynasty expanded it. It was popular only within the surrounding areas of Chittoor. Because of AP tourism development programmes, it became famous and widely known from the past 10- 15 years. Kanipakam temple is near to Tirupati. You find number of buses running from tirupati.
Legend of Kanipakam temple: In olden days due to scarce water, people used to cultivate their farm by drawing water from wells. According to temple history data, their used to live three brothers who were handicapped, they used to live by cultivating a small piece of land. Once the water in the well they used to use for cultivation dried up. In order to continue cultivation, one of the brothers got into the well and tried to dig the well deeper. Surprisingly he stuck with a stone like formation where he saw blood oozing out of the stone, within no time the well turned red with blood. With the sight all three got cured with their abnormalities. By seeing this miracle the villagers started digging the well deep then they found “Sri Swayambu Varasidhi Vinayaka Swami”. Villagers started offering coconuts and prayers. It is said that whoever the devotee leaves his liked/addicted work (smoking, drinking etc...) his wish will get fulfilled.
Miracle: The idol of the lord Vinayaka is said to be increasing day by day.
Connectivity: Even though there is no direct connectivity to Kanipakam temple, you find “Chittor” is the nearest connectivity spot. You have air, bus and rail connectivity to Chittor. Now there are number of buses from Srisailam and Tirupati. It is around 65 kms from Tirupati
Accommodation: You have room build by Kanipakam devastanam and TTD choultries
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