Kanipakam Temple

Kanipakam is home to a popular Hindu temple of Lord Ganesha called as Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple. It 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. Local legends claim that the idol of Ganesha continuously grows in size. The temple was too small to be patronized by Chola and Vijayanagara kings. The temples of Cholas and Vijayanagaras are normally magnificent in size and grandeur. Most of the present structures are of recent origin and the present major developmental and construction activities of the temple are well supported by offerings given to the temple by the devotees. Ganesha is popular.

This temple became widely known only in the past 10–15 years. Prior to this it was popular only in and around the Chittoor district, but the AP government has been promoting tourism. In addition, the number of buses which run between Tirupati and the local temples allows pilgrims greater transportation flexibility.


According to the temple legend there were three brothers, each with a handicap: one was mute, one was deaf and one was blind. They earned their livelihood by cultivating a small piece of land. They used channels to irrigate their fields, and as one of them guided the water, the other two drew water. On one such occasion they found that the water in the well dried up and they could no longer continue their work. One of them got into the well and excavated it. He was taken aback when his shovel struck a stonelike formation. He was shocked to see blood oozing out from it. Within a few seconds the clear well water turned blood red. This divine sight cured the three brothers on the spot. As soon as the villagers discovered this miracle, they thronged to the well and tried to deepen the well further but were thwarted when the swayambhu idol (the self-manifested) of Lord Vinayaka emerged from the swirling waters.

Ultimately they offered many coconuts with prayers before the new idol. The coconuts' water covered than one and a quarter acres. This incident led to the modification of the usage of the Tamil word Kaniparakam into Kanipakam. Even today the idol is in the original well and the springs of the well are perennial. During the rainy season, the holy water overflows from the well even today.

Another striking and strange feature of the idol is that it is growing in size. At present, we can see the knees and the abdomen of the idol. The old and present Kavachams are on public display in the temple and the temple is planning an expansion. 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 being deprived of both arms.

Later, they bathed in the river near Kanipakam temple. Lo Behold! 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'.

Darshan & Sevas

Suprabatham, Binduteerthaabishekham (4.00 A.M to 5.05 A.M):

Rs.600/- Single or Couple (Wife & Husband) are Allowed. Devotees will be given 5 laddus, 1½ Kg of pulihora, 1 shesha vastram, 1 blouse piece, 1 silver dollar.

This Seva is for awaking the swamy, its pleasure to have the first Darshan of Swamiji. This can be experienced only by having first Darshan at early Morning.

Paalabhishekam (7.30 A.M to 8.00 P.M)
 Rs. 150/- Single or Couple (Wife & Husband) allowed. Devotees should get minimum of 2 litres of milk.

Paalabhishekam (5.45 P.M to 6.15 P.M)
 Rs. 150/- Single or Couple (Wife & Husband) allowed. Devotees should get minimum of 2 litres of milk.

Special Abhishekam (5.30 A.M to 6.00 A.M, 9.00 A.M to 10.00 A.M & 11.00 A.M to 12.00 noon):
Rs. 550/- 2 persons allowed in the first instance along with children and 3 persons will be allowed later. Devasthanam will supply Pooja samagri.

Special Entrance Darshan: Rs. 10/- per head.

Free Darshan: As Per the Q Line in the Temple

Fast Darshan: Rs. 51/- Per Head

Nijaroopa Darshan
Morning 5.00 to 5.30, 7.00 to 7.30, 8.30 to 9.00, 10.30 to 11.00 and Evening 4.30 to 5.00
Rs. 50/- per head.

Ganapathi Homam (Between 9.00 A.M to 12.00 Noon) Rs. 500/-

In Day to day life there is lot of competition and Objections for all the works, in the same way lot of frustrations in Education, Employment, marriage and Business. By Performing this Homam, One can overcome such Frustrations.

Ganapathi Modaka Pooja (Before 12.00 Noon) Rs. 300/- Devasthanam will supply Pooja samagri.

From the past History, we all know that Lord Vinayaka is Very Fond of Kudumulu; all the Hindus celebrate the Occasions by giving the Kudumulu as Food to Lord Vigneswara.

Ganapathi Sahasra Namarchana Rs. 150/-
10.00 A.M to 11.00 A.M, 1.00 P.M to 1.30 P.M
3.30 P.M to 4.00 P.M, 6.00 P.M to 6.30 P.M

Ganapathi Patra Pooja (Before 12.00 Noon):
Rs. 58/- Devasthanam will supply Pooja samagri.

Shodasa Ganapathi Pooja (Before 12.00 Noon): Rs. 500/- Devasthanam will supply Pooja samagri.

There are 32 Avatarams of Ganapathi. This pooja will be performed by using 16 of those 32 Avatarams. They will give the prasadams to devotees' by performing archana to all the 16 Avatarams. Actually we get more peace and happiness by performing archana to one avataram. The result of performing archana to 16 avatarams can be unbelievable.

SankataHaraGanapati Vratham
Rs. 151/- 1 or 2persons are allowed. Devotees will be given 2 laddus.

In Ganeshaporanam, this Vratham has prominent role. This Vratham was performed by Lord Krishna and Bramha. This Vratham can be performed by the couple those who don't have children, for Business Development, for overcoming all the frustrations and especially for Court Case Salvations.

Moola Mantraarchana (Before 12.00 Noon):
Rs. 300/- per family. It's performed before 12 in the morning.

Ganapathi was Very Fond of Coconuts; this seva can be performed by giving 8 Coconuts to Ganapathi. By this one can get blessings from Ganapathi and all the problems will be solved, they can live peacefully.

Polangi Seva:
Rs. 1000/- per family. Every Thursday.

Sri Ganapathi is decorated by different colour flowers in his Garbalayam and Antralayam. By performing this Seva one can get more wealth through Lakshmi Blessings.

Navagraha Santhi:
Rs. 116/- per head.

By this, the people who are having 'Navagraha Dosam' they can overcome the Dosam. The children's who are having the problems in future can be eradicated by this Seva.

Namakaranam (Naming Ceremony): Rs. 116/-

Akshrabyasam: Rs. 116/-

Anna Prasana: Rs. 116/-

Balasare : Rs.116/-

Utsavamurthula Harathi: 2/-

Utsavamurthula Archana: 5/-

Subhakaryamula Aahvana Poojalu: Rs. 51/-

MahaHarati (Kumba Harati): 6.00 P.M to 6.15 P.M daily
Rs.25/-, one person will be allowed, 1 Laddu will be given as Prasadam.

Sani Dosha Nivarana Seva: Rs. 5/- per head.

Vahana Pooja: Rs. 50/- (Auto & Scooter), Rs. 125/- (Car & Jeep), Rs. 150/- (Lorry & Bus)

Vivaha Kattadi : 540/-

Tala Neelalu: Rs. 5/- per head.
Done near Swami vari Kalyana Katta.

Pramanam: Rs. 516/-
per each Pramanam.Everyday at 5 Pm

Pavalimpu Seva (EkanthaSeva) (9.30 P.M onwords...):
Rs.150/- 2 persons allowed, Devotees should get the pooja samagri.

Sri Ganapathi and Ammavaru will be rested in Addala Mandapam in the temple. The newly married couples, couples to have the children, the couples with problems in married life can perform this seva and can get the problems solved.

Nitya Kalyanotshavam: 616/- (11.00 A.m to 12.00):

1 person or couple will be allowed per ticket. The devotees will be given shesha vastram, 1 blouse piece, 2 laddus and 2 vadas.

The persons who are having KujaDosham (Objections for their Marriage) can get their problems by performing this seva.

Vunjala Seva: 250/- (6.30 P.M to 7.30 P.M)

1 person or couple will be allowed per ticket. The devotees will be given 1 seshavastram, 1 blouse piece, 2 laddus and 2 vadas.

They devotees will be having chance to keep the lord on their Shoulders and can go round the Temple and they send the lord to Sleep by swinging in the Cradle.

Saswatha Poojas:

Swaswatha Kalyanotshavam 15,116/-
Swaswatha Unjal Seva 7,500/-
Swaswatha Abhishekam 7,500/-
Saswatha Ganapathi Homam 7,500/-
Saswatha Pooja 1516/-
Saswatha Nityarchana 1516/-
Saswatha Free Prasadam 1116/-

For Nitya Annadanam Rs. 1116/- is the minimum.
Money should be sent through Bank Drafts, Money orders, or personally

Executive officer (EO)
Sri Vara Sidhi Vinayaka Swami Vari Devasthanam,


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.

Below are the Different Appearances of God.

* Dwagarohanam
* Gramotsavam
* Hamsa Vahanam
* Peacock Vahanam
* Mooshika Vahanam
* Shasha Vahanam
* Vrishabha Vahanam
* Gaja Vahanam
* Rathotsavam(Chairot)
* Thiru Kalyanam
* Vadayathu Utsavam

Morning Abishekam is performed on all the days of Bramhostavam.
Hamsa Vahanam, around 6-7 P.M when Star Chitta enters Kanya lagnam.


Nearest railway station and bus station is Chittor(CTO), although direct bus lines have begun to run from Tirupati and Sri Sailam which do not stop in Chittor.


Sri Swayambu Varasidhi Vinayakaswamy
Vari Devasthanam,
Kanipakam, Irala Mandal
Chittoor. (A.P), India.

Phone : 91-8573-281540 (Office)
91-8573-281747 (EO)
91-8573-281547 (PA)

Fax : 91-8573-281747
Email: info@kanipakamvinayaka.org