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Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple

Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple

By: Hari Prasad Doddi On: 2015-08-14 Category: Ancient Temple Views: 5236
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Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple or Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple is a Hindu temple of Ganesha. It is located in Kanipakam. "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 in 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.

Ultimately they offered many number of coconuts with all prayers- modesty kneeling before the new idol afford “MAGALHARATHI” etc. They declared the ideal of “SWAYAMBHU” and tendered number of coconuts. The coconuts water flowed into the channel to a distance of more than one and a quarter acres. The indication of this led to the modification in the usage of the Tamil word “KANIPARAKAM” and later pronounced as KANIPAKAM. Even today the idol is in the original well and the springs of the well are perennial and the eternal. During the rainy season, the holy water from the well overflows even today.

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.



The annual Brahmotsavam commences from Ganesh Chaturthi. It goes on for 20 days with all traditional pomp and gaiety. The utsavamurthi (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 pilgrims from all over the country.


·         Gramotsavam

·         Hamsa Vahanam

·         Peacock Vahanam

·         Mooshika Vahanam

·         Shasha Vahanam

·         Vrishabha Vahanam

·         Gaja Vahanam

·         Rathotsavam(Chairot)

·         Thiru Kalyanam

·         Vadayathu Utsavam



Seva/Pooja Details

04.00 A.M

Suprabatham, Binduteerthaabishekham

09.00 A.M

SankataHaraGanapati Vratham

09.00 A.M

Ganapathi Homam

11.00 A.M

Nithya Kalyanotshavam

Before 12:00 Noon

Ganapathi Modaka Pooja

Before 12:00 Noon

Ganapathi Patra Pooja

Before 12:00 Noon

Shodasa Ganapathi Pooja

Before 12:00 Noon

Moola Mantraarchana

06:30 P.M

Vunjala Seva

09:30 P.M

Pavalimpu Seva (EkanthaSeva)

For other pooja/seva details please refer: http://www.kanipakam.com/darshan&sevas.html

Nearby Places:

·         Sri Manikanteswara Samy Devasthanam(Shivalayam)

·         Sri VaradaRajaSwamy Devasthanam


City                        : Kanipakam

Dist.                       : Chittoor

State                       : Andhra Pradesh

Country                : India

PIN                        : 517131

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