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Pilgrimages of Andhra Pradesh - Chittoor district

  1. Tirumala (Swayam Vyakta Kshetra and a Divya Desam)
  2. Srikalahasti (Famous pilgrimage of Shiva and a Pancha Bhoota Sthalam)


Tirumala (Venkatachala):

Sri Venkateswara - Swayam Vyakta Kshetra: Tirumala is one of the 8 Swayam Vyakta Kshetras.
(Swayam Vyakta Kshetras are: Srirangam, Tirumala, Sri Mushnam, Thotadri, Shalagram, Pushkara, Naimisharanya, Badrinath)

- Divya Desam: Tirumala is one of the 108 Divya Desams known as Thirupathi Divya Desam.
(Refer to the list of Divya Desams)

- Venkatachala Mahatmya: The Skanda Purana - Venkatachala Mahatmya describes the story of the marriage of Srinivasa and Padmavathy. Refer to excerpts from Venkatachala Mahatmya.

- Tirumala is located in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.


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Srikalahasti:

Srikalahasti Srikalahasti Srikalahasti Temple - Famous pilgrimage of Shiva: Srikalahasti is associated with the legend of Sri, Kala and Hasti who worshipped Lord Shiva and attained salvation. According to this legend, a brahmin's son called Karamba was born as a spider called Sri due to various sins committed by him in life. However due to a merit of gifting a cloth for decorating a Shiva Linga, he was born devoted to Shiva. He regularly took bath in river Swarnamukhi and decorated the vicinity of Shiva Linga with cobweb. One day Lord Shiva to test the depth of his devotion reduced all creations of the spider to ashes. The spider in great dissappointment ended his life by entering into the flame of a lamp. Lord Shiva appeared before him and granted the boon of salvation. The spider merged in the Vayu Linga.

According to anther legend, two brahmins were born as a serpent called Kala and an elephant called Hasti. The serpent used to worship the Vayu Linga every morning with precious stones and the elephant used to worship the Linga at noon time with tender leaves and fragrant flowers. Both removed each other's offerings. One day the serpent hid and saw who was removing his offerings of precious stones. He saw the elephant, and in anger entered inside his trunk, reached his head and bit him with poison. With great pain, the elephant dashed his head on the rock and both died. Lord Shiva appeared before them and granted the boon of salvation. They merged in the Vayu Linga. Refer to the story of Srikalahasti from Srikalahasteeswara Sthalapurana.

- Kanappa Nayanar: Srikalahasti is the place where Kanappa Nayanar worshipped Lord Shiva.

- Pancha Bhoota Sthalam: Srikalahasti is one of the Pancha Bhoota Sthalams, the Srikalahasteeswara temple representing the Vayu Lingam (Air).
(Pancha Bhoota Sthalams are: Kanchipuram Ekambareswara [Prithivi Lingam], Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswara [Jala Lingam], Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswara [Agni Lingam], Srikalahasti Srikalahasteeswara [Vayu Lingam], Chidambaram Nataraja [Akasha Lingam])

- Srikalahasti is located in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.

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