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Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple-Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh -

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Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple-Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh -


About the Temple

The temple was constructed in the early 11th century CE by the Chola king Kulothunga Chola I and was expanded further in 1336 by the Emperors of Vijayanagara dynasty.
"Kani" means wetland and "Pakam" means flow of water into wetland.

General Information:

The well from where Lord Vinayakam appeared as Swayambu still exists in the place. The well water is offered as Prasad to the devotees. There is also a Nagar (Snake) shrine in the temple, worshipped by the devotees for relief from snake aspects.


According to the legend, there were three brothers and each one had a some kind of handicap like dumb, deaf and blindness. They were earning their livelihood by cultivating a small piece of land. Usually, 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. Once 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 axe hitting a stone like formation and was shocked to see blood oozing out from it. Within a few seconds the entire water in the well, turned blood-red. Startled by the divine sight, all the three became normal, cured of their deformities. When the villagers came to know about this miracle, they thronged the well and tried to deepen the well further.

Ultimately they offered many number of coconuts with all prayers- modestly kneeling before the new idol (the stone-like formation) offering "Mangalarathi" . They declared the idol of the Lord Ganesha as "Suyambhu". The coconut-water flowed into the channel to a distance of more than one and a quarter acres. Today also,the idol is in the original well and the springs of the well are perennial. During the rainy season, the holy water from the well overflows. Another 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.

The legend behind Bahuda River: Long ago there lived two brothers Sankha and Likhita. They were on a pilgrimage to Kanipakam. As the journey was tiring, the younger brother Likhita felt hungry. Disregarding the advice of the elder brother he plucked a mango from the mango grove. Sankha felt bad and reported this to the ruler of that area and pleaded for punishment for the sin committed during the pilgrimage. Thus Likhita was punished severely by being deprived of both arms.

Later they took bath in the river near Kanipakam temple.The chopped arms were restored to Likhita as soon as he had a dip in the sacred waters of the river. These incidents lead the ruler to rename the river as 'Bahuda' (Bahu means human arm). Thus the river beside Kanipakam temple is now known as 'Bahuda River'.

Greatness Of Temple:

Every evening an event called Satya Pramanam is conducted in the temple. Those accused of cheating others on money matters and cheating women are asked to depose before the Lord if they are really innocent. No one can escape punishment awarded by Lord Vinayaka if they dare speak lies. Andhra devotees regard Kanipakkam Vinayaka as their Chief Justice.

The striking and strange feature of the idol in this temple is that it is still growing in size. At present, we can see the knees and the abdomen of the idol.The idol of the Lord is self formed.


Vinayaka Chaturti in August-September and English New Year Day are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Temple Timings

04:00 to 21:30 (All days of the week)


There is a shrine for serpent planets-Nagar Sannidhi. People pray here for relief from adverse effects of these planets.

Devotees perform milk abishek for relief from prolonged diseases and for solutions for problems among couples, money matters etc. They also perform Ganapathi Homam for which they have to register in advance.

Temple Address
Temple Road, Near Kanipakkam Road,, Arakonda Road, Agarampalli, Kanipakkam, Irala Mandal
Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh - IN

Kanipakkam is 15 km far from Chittoor.


+91- 8573 - 281 540, 281 640, 281 747.

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