Kanipakam Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple in Chittoor

Kanipakam Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple is a famous Lord Ganesh temple present in Kanipakam village, Irala Mandal of Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh.

Kanipakam Temple Info:

Primary Deity: Lord Ganesh
Location: Kanipakam Village
District: Chittoor
Date Built: 11th Century
State: Andhra Pradesh
Country: India
Pincode: 517131
Phone: 085732 81540

In general, pilgrims coming to Tirumala Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple, will normally include Tiruchanur, Kanipakam and Srikalahasti in their itinerary:
  1. Tiruchanur (Sri Padmavathi Ammavaru Temple)
  2. Kanipakam (Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple)
  3. Srikalahasti (Sri Kalahasteeswara Swami Temple)
Kanipakam Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple

The temple was very much renovated in recent years and offers a memorable experience for the devotees. Kanipakam is at a distance of roughly 11.8 km from Chittoor town.

Kanipakam Temple History:

Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple of Kanipakam was constructed in the early 11th Century by Kulothunga Chola I (1070 - 1122 CE) of Chola dynasty.

Later, the temple was renovated and expanded further in 1336 by Vijayanagara dynasty Emperors.

Kanipakam temple has an interesting history and according to a traditional mythological story, there were three handicapped brothers who are blind, deaf and dumb are living in this place.

The earn their lively-hood by cultivating a small piece of land.

They used to draw the water for cultivation from nearby well. Once the water in the well got dried up completely and the brothers have left no choice but to go into the well and start digging it up.

One of them got into the well and started digging it up with his iron digging tool. Immediately he stopped digging after his tool hit a hard stone like formation.

Suddenly the stone started oozing the blood and filled the well completely. Surprisingly all three brothers were miraculously cured and became normal by the divine power.

All villages came to see this miracle and started offering coconuts to the Swayambhu Varasiddhi Vinayaka Swamy.

The coconut water offered by the villagers flowed into the dry lands and hence the place got its new Tamil name “Kaniparakam”, which was later pronounced as "Kanipakam".

Kanipakam Temple Attractions:

In Tamil language "Kani Pakam" means "Flow of water in wetland".

The main attraction of this temple is the idol of Lord Ganesh in Kanipakam temple.

This idol of Lord ganesh is still growing in size even today as the silver armour donated 50 years ago by an ardent devotee is not fitting to the idol today.

Devotees are advised to take a holy dip in Bahuda River before entering Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple and pray the Lord Vinayaka to erase all their sins.

Kanipakam Temple Koneru

Even today devotees can find the Swayambhu Vinayaka Swamy idol in the original well growing in size very slowly.

Swayambhu Vinayaka idol is surrounded by the holy water in the well which sometimes overflow during the rainy season.

The same holy water surrounding Lord Ganesh in the well is offered as Theertham to the devotees.

The sacred "Bahuda River" flowing beside the temple has restored the chopped arms of a devotee named Likhita, as soon as he dip in this sacred water.

Kanipakam Temple Timings:

Kanipakam temple is open for the devotees from Morning 4:00 AM to Night 9:30 PM.

How to Reach Kanipakam:

Pilgrims can easily reach Kanipakam Sri Swayambu Varasidhi Vinayakaswamy temple by road, rail or air networks.

Kanipakam - Lord Ganesha Temple

By Bus:

APSRTC run direct buses from Tirupati to Kanipakam. Pilgrims can easily reach Chittoor first and from there one can easily reach Kanipakam via taxi and buses.

By Train:

The nearest train station to reach Kanipakam is Chittoor Railway Station (12 km approx). Tirupati Railway Station is at a distance of roughly 78 km from Kanipakam temple.

By Air:

Tirupati Airport, which is at a distance of roughly 84 km is the nearest airport option available to reach Kanipakam.

Accommodation at Kanipakam:

Sri Varasiddi Vinayaka Swamy vari Devasthanam, Kanipakam
Kanipakam Devasthanam is offering good accommodation facility for the visiting pilgrims. Following are details of accommodation available at Kanipakam temple premises:-
  1. 100 Rooms Choultry (Includes AC and Non AC Deluxe Rooms)
  2. V.I.P Suites on Annadana Bhavanam
  3. Rooms at Samuhika Kalayana Mandapam
  4. Rooms at Maragadambika Kalyana Mandapam
  5. Sri Vinayaka Sadan
  6. Free Dormitory Hall (Pilgrim Amenities Centre)

Other Temple Attractions in Chittoor:

Tirumala Balaji Temple:

Tirumala Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple is holy iconic Hindu temple situated in the midst of Seshachalam Hills is at an elevation of 2799 feet above the sea level.

It is one of the richest temples in the world dedicated to Lord Venkateswara also called as Govinda, Balaji and Srinivasa by the devotees. Distance between Tirumala and Kanipakam is roughly 85.4 km via NH140.


Sri Kalahasteeswara Swami Temple is also known as Dakshina Kasi. The temple is very famous for its Vayu Linga and Rahu-Ketu Pooja among the devotees. The distance between Kanipakam to Kalahasti is around 104.8 km via NH140.

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Kanipakam Temple Contact Details:

Sri Swayambu Varasidhi Vinayakaswamy Vari Devasthanam
Kanipakam, Irala Mandal
Chittoor Dist
Andhra Pradesh
Office: 08573-281540
Enquiry: 08573-281747

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1 comment:

  1. Good site, Beautiful information about Kanipakam in your site. This is very useful for Devotees. Thanking you sir.


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