Sri Chakreswara Swamy Temple, Kalahasti

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Sri Chakreshwara Swamy Temple in Srikalahasti has the distinction of having the biggest enshrined Lingam in south India. The temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and is located on a small hillock near the town. The temple was discovered in the 1960s during an excavation when a farmer sighted a shrine-like structure buried deep inside. Once deeper excavation was carried out the entire Garbhagudi along with the idol of the main deity was discovered. This shrine is believed to be about 1200 years old though the locals argue that it is more than 1500 years old.

The temple is located around 8km from the center of the town. The temple is small compared to the temples in the surrounding areas but Sri Chakreshwara Swamy Temple has a large number of devotees flocking each year to the place to worship the Lingam. Ironically, this small temple houses the largest lingam among all the temples of Southern India.


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