Kapila Theertham, Tirupati

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Kapila Theertham is a holy water body of the only temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the vicinity of the holy cities of Tirupati and Tirumala. It is a huge temple located at the entrance of the mountain cave at the foot of the Tirumala hills. At the entrance of the temple is a statue of Lord Shiva’s bull ‘Nandhi’.

It is said that saint Kapila Maharshi lived here and meditated before the idol of Lord Shiva and hence the temple derived its name. The word teertham means Holy Lake and that formed near the temple due to the Vinasanam waterfalls.

The temple is said to have been very popular in the ancient times and is said to have received the patronage of the Vijaynagara Kings during the 13th to 16th century. This temple receives protection and sustainance under the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam.

Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple, Parasurameswara Temple, Sri Prasanna Venkateswara Swamy Temple etc are some of the temples around Tirupati worth a visit for a pilgrim as well as a traveller.

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