Kanipakam Vinayaka Swamy Temple

History

About Temple -Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka of Kanipakkam is situated on Chittoor is dedicated to Lord Vinayaka. The legend says that, once there lived three farmers who are dumb, deaf and blind by birth respectively. They used to irrigate a piece of land they owned from a well near it. While drawning the water from the well once it got dried and they could no longer do any work so one of them started digging the well and found the axe hitting an stone like formation. To there surprice blood started flowing from it and filled the whole well with the blood. Watching this divine sight all the three got rid of their deformities. When the villagers came to know this they started to deepen the well further. But an swayambhu' murthi  of Lord Vinayaka emerged from the swirling waters. Then afetr all the people started offering coconuts filling the entire area with coconuts water. Hence the word 'Kaniparakam' arrived which means 'flow of water into the wetland' and later pronounced as 'Kanipakkam'. Even today the full murthi is not emerged, at present we can see till the knees and the abdomen of the murthi. During the rainy season, the holy water from the well overflows even today. The holy water from the well is offered to the devotees as Theertham.
The river beside Kanipakkam temple is now known as 'Bahuda River' because long ago two brothers named Sankha and Likhita were on a pilgrimage to Kanipakkam. Dispite his brother advice likitha felt hungry and plucked a mango from the mango grove, as punishment for the sin committed the both arms were deprived. Later when they took bath in the river near Kanipakkam temple the chopped arms were restored to Likhita as soon as he had a dip in the sacred waters of the river. These incidents led the ruler to rename the river as 'Bahuda' which means human arm. 
It is said that the swayambhu murthi of Kanipakkam is the up-holder of truth. So the instances when the person who committed sin voluntarily agrees as soon as he had the dip and much before entering the temple itself. The promises made in front of the Lord relieves one from errors and protects in times of troubles. It is a tradition that people living in this place follow only truth. The annual festival, "Brahmotsavam" is held for 20 days commencing from Vinayaka Chaturthi. 

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Irala Mandal, Chittoor, Kanipakam, Andhra Pradesh 517131
Temple Timings : 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
085732 81540

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