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ABOUT THE TEMPLE

Sri Kapileshwara Swami Temple is the temple dedicated to Lord Siva located at the foot of Tirumala Hills. Lord Siva is the presiding deity of this temple and it is said to be the only Shiva temple amidst the Vaishnava temples. The Linga (incarnation of Lord Shiva) present in here was originally worshipped by Kapila Muni, a sage of Paatala Loka (under-world) and hence the place got its name as Kapila Teertham. There is a sacred waterfall located in this place, also called as Kapila Teertham or Alwar Teertham.

Kapila Muni was blessed by Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, when they appeared before him. The Kapila Lingam, which he worshipped in Patala, pierced up through the earth to its surface and the Suras/Devataas (Gods) started worshipping it. It is also said that even before the Linga forced itself up, the ‘Kamadhenu’ (celestial cow) made her way through a hole to the earth and took form here. The Shiva Lingam is made of brass in one of the shrines of Kapila Teertham.

A very sacred lake lies in front of the Kapila Lingam, which is said to be the ‘Bilam’ or cavity, through which Kapila Muni came to the earth. A spring also falls on the temple and is considered to be more religious. There is another belief that during Karthika month (in the month of November), on the full moon day, all the teerthas (holy places or Pilgrimage centres) situated in the three worlds merge into this Kapila Teertham at noon for ten ‘Ghatikas’ (Indian measure of time equal to 24 minutes). Hence, bathing in this teertham during that auspicious time is considered holy. It is said one will attain salvation from the cycle of births and deaths. Though a Shiva temple among the temples of Lord Vishnu, Kapila teertham has its own importance.

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LOCAL INFO AND ACCOMMODATION

There are some Sevas (Serving God) conducted at the temple where devotees can take part paying some amount. The temple opens early in the morning and closes down in the afternoon for sometime and then reopens in the evening. There are some festivals conducted at the temple like Vinayaka Utsavam, Annaabhishekam, Karthika Deepam, Maha Shivarathri and many other for which thousands of devotees take part.

There are good number of hotels, lodges and budget rooms in Tirupati. There are also accommodations provided by government.

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GETTING THERE

There are plenty of buses to Tirupati from other major towns and cities. There are trains that take you to Tirupati from where you can take the local transport to reach Sri Kapileshwara Swami temple.

There are regular city buses and autos that provide the means of conveyance to reach Kapila teertham.

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