Srikalahasthi is situated in Chittoor District of Andra pradesh.It is easily reachable by road and railway.This is 40 Km from the Holy Tirupati. The rail station is at a distance of 3 km on the Renigunta –Gudur Track.This Holy place is easy to reach from any place in India by Rail.Road and Air.
Though the holy town exists from time immemorial,the early historic references is in Tamil Literature of 1st and 2nd Century .The Tamil literature euoloize this Holy place as Southern Kailas.Later the Great Saiva Saints Appar .Gnana Sambandar.Sundarar along with equity pious Manikya vachagar visited and sung about place and Lord Supreme.In the third century the poet-laureates Madurai Pandya Kingdom has Sung 100 poems “ kailai padhi katthil padhi “ which says Srikalahasthi and kailas are one and the same. Adhisankara who visited,sung that the place is a seat of devotion par excellence. He worshipped the Sri chakra and the Crystal Lingam.The temple has architecture of Pallava,Chola and Vijayanagara is of high order. Sri Krishna Devaraya bas built Big Gali Gopuram and 100 pillar hall for Festival and discourses in 1516 A.D.
Temple Rituals – Festivals
The Temple daily rituals are performed per Agama and Veda Vidhanamu,Tour times in a day.Abshekams were performed ,3 times in the morning and Fourth is done during evening in pradosha time for Lord Shiva and Mother Goddess Gnanambika.The Abhishekam was performed by sthanika Gurukuls who are the descendents Sage Bharadwaja and belong to Bharadwaja Gotra and who were initiated in this Temple at Gnanambika Sannidhi.The Brahmotsavam Festival is performed during the month Magh(Feb) for Ten days. In the month of Aswiyuja 9 day festival is performed for Devi Gnanamba .In this Holy place Giri Pradakshanam is done one after Sankranthi and other on the 9th day during Brahmotsavam.