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Kanipakam, Andhra Pradesh, India



Kanipakam Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka is the main deity of the temple. The significant feature of the Moola Vigraha (Main deity) is that it faces towards North, which is a rarity. The first rays of the sun, fall on the feet of the Lord. Gradually the sun rays disappear after reaching the head of the Lord. A very interesting fact is associated with this temple is that Sri Vinayaka Idol size is increasing day by day. As Lord Vinayaka looks like Elephant. As Diety is sitting and legs and stomach are increasing and they are visible. The "Swayambhu" idol of Sri Varasiddi Vinayaka emerged from the well. Later, people built a temple around the well.


Goddess Siddhi and Buddhi are consorts of Vinayaka.

Interesting Facts

  • Temple Located Banks of River Bahuda.
  • This idol of Lord ganesh is still growing in size even today as the silver armour donated 50 years ago by an ardent devotee is not fitting to the idol today.

Best Season To Visit

The best season to visit this temple is Winter season. The best months to visit are October to March.


Highest - April to June (40 °C during day and 20 °C during night)Average - May (35 °C during the day and 20 °C during night)Lowest - October to February (27 °C during day and 18 °C during night)Monsoon season - August to September

Dress Code

  • For men the dress code is Shirt & Trouser, Dhoti or Pyjamas with upper cloth.
  • For women the preferred dress code is saree or half-saree with blouse or chudidhar with pyjama and upper cloth.
  • Shorts, mini-skirts, middies, sleeveless tops, low-waist jeans and short-length T-shirts are not allowed.

Do's & Dont's

  • Do bathe and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do respect ancient customs and co-piligrims while at temple.
  • Smoking and drinking is prohibited in temple premises.
  • Chewing betel leaves, tobacco, gutka and spitting inside temple is strictly prohibited.

transport connections

Name Distance Contact Number
APSRTC Bus Station, Chittoor
12 KM 18002004599
Chittoor Railway Station
11.5 KM 08572-231988
Tirupati International Airport
83 KM 0877 - 2275354


Kanipakam Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple "Kani" means wetland and "Pakam" means flow of water into wetland, hence this place is called as Kanipakam, Lord Ganesh named as Kanipakam varasiddhi Vinayaka. The Lord is an incarnation of Lord Ganesh. The temple is East facing temple with Dravidian Style of Architechure. Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple 7 Tier Raja gopuram. Behind the Nandimandapa is a large Monolithic Dhwajastambha with a couchant Nandi on the top. The adhistana of the garbhagriha and antarala contains upana, tripattakumuda, gala cut into compartments, patta, gala and alingapattika. The vimana above is of the dvitala type with a circular griva and sikhara. The vimana contains the various forms of Ganapati, Nritya Ganapati, Lakshmi Ganapathi, Sthanaka Ganapati and Heramba Ganapathi.

The outer walls of the garbhagriha contain three empty kostas which are flanked by pilastures and surmounted by a semicircular torana with kirtimukha at the top. Above wall portion is a cornice decorated with simhalalata gables. Above the cornice is the vyalavari. The Mukhamandapa is square on plan. The mandapa has four pillars and contain three square blocks with two octogonal shafts in between. The Mahamandapa has sixteen pillars with Vijayanagara capitals. The Mukhamandapa, Mahamandapa and Prakara with Gopura are appear to have added to the temple complex during the 14th – 15th century AD. The temple tank is to the east of the temple. It has a small four pillared mandapa in the centre with a four sided Nagara-Sikhara.

Religious Significance

Legends of the place : Once upon a time there lived 3 farmers with physical deformities and they were dumb,deaf and blind by birth. They owned a 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 pull water out of the well. 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, the farmer was shocked to see blood oozing out from it. Within a few seconds the entire water in the well turned blood red in color. Thus, startled by this divine experience all the three became normal getting rid of their deformities. As soon as the villagers came to know this miracle, they thronged to the well and tried to deepen the well further. But their attempt proved futile because the ‘Swayambhu’ idol (self manifested) of Lord Vinayaka emerged from the swirling waters of the well. After this miracle, coconuts were offered and the thirtham from the coconuts covered the entire area. This led to the modification in the usage of the word ‘Kaniparakam’ and was later pronounced as ‘Kanipakam’. Even today the idol is in the original well and the springs of the well are perennial and eternal. 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 Tirtham (Holy water). After the self elevation of Lord Vinayaka Swamy at Kanipakam, two brothers namely, Sankudu and Likhithudu wanted to have Darshan of Lord Swayambhu Sri Vinayaka and they made their journey by walk. After having Prolix journey, the younger Likhitudu became very tied, hungry and wanted to take mango fruit from the tree, and asked his brother to help him. The elder brother warned him not to take the fruit, since it belongs to the king. But the younger brother who was too tired, hungry and thirsty took the Mango fruit and ate it. The Elder brother Sankudu dragged his younger brother to the king and narrated the theft of fruit committed by his brother and requested to impose punishment. Unfortunately, the king became angry and vehemently ordered cut off the both hands of the younger brother who had stolen the fruit without permission, and the punishment was implemented. The Elder brother became very sad for this unfortunate incident which resulted loss of hands of his brother and at last he desired to take a holy bath in the river near the Swayambhu Vinayaka Temple before going to darshan, and when both the brothers immersed in to the river by praying the Lord Vinayaka. Surprisingly, the hands of the younger brother Likhitudu have come out as existing early. Then both the brothers have taken the darshan of the Lord Vinayaka Swamy and offered their vows blessing them.


The temple was built by Kulothunga Chola-I in 11th Century (1070 - 1122 C.E.) of Chola dynasty. Later, the temple was renovated and expanded further in 1336 by Vijayanagara dynasty Emperors. Chola Kings,Vijayanagara Kings and Kulothunga Chola-I was contributed to built this temple.

Temple Timings

Day Timings
All Days 04:00 AM - 09:30 PM

Darshanam Details

Darshanam Price Estimated Time Entrance From
Special Entrance Darshan 10.00 1 Hr


Suprabatham & Bindu Teerthabishekam
All Days
04:00 - 05:00
1 Hr
551.00/ Person
Panchamrutha Abhishekam
All Days
05:30 - 06:00
30 Mins
All Days
07:30 - 08:00
30 Mins
All Days
11:00 - 12:30
1 Hr 30 Mins
616.00/ Person
Poolangi Seva
09:00 - 09:30
30 Mins
SankataHaraGanapati Vratham
All Days
09:00 - 12:00
3 Hrs 30 Mins
151.00/ Person
Ekantha Seva
All Days
21:30 - 22:00
30 Mins
150.00/ Person
Vunjala Seva
All Days
18:30 - 19:30
1 Hr 30 Mins
250.00/ Person


Ganapathi Patra Pooja
All Days
11:30 - 12:00
1 Hr 30 Mins
58.00/ Person



Airport Name Distance
Shamshabad 40 KM
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Railway Stations

Railway Station Name Distance
Secunderabad 10 KM
Nampally 12 KM
Begumpet 6 KM
Lingampally 20 KM

Bus Stations

Bus Station Name Distance
kukatpally 20 KM
Lingampally 30 KM
Uppal 35 KM

Private Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Private Transport 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757

Local Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Local Transport 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757

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