For the Devotees of Shree Kalahasthi Temple
There will be lot of touts selling pooja Articles.
Do not purchase ANY POOJA ARTICLE outside the temple or in the temple compound.
Purchase the Pooja articles from the temple official counter which comes after the second temple gopuram when entering through the south face entrance. If entering thro the west face entrance the counter comes to your left side. Entering in the south - west entrance you can see the counter to your right side.
The sellers outside and inside the temple compound always try to sell unnecessary pooja articles and tips to the devotees, charging around Rs.250 to 300 or above, so do not get fooled on their talks.
Avoid these folks, enter the temple complex (south face entrance only) with Footwear, and just walk in further a little, you will find the Free footwear safe keeping counters maintained by the temple devasthanam. You can find the cell phone safe keeping counter near the main Entrance of the main temple after purchasing the ticket for the required pooja.
Reach the Ticket Counter one of two hours before any sort of pooja you want to perform.
On buying the ticket from the Temple ticket counter you will be give the required things for the pooja and nothing else to purchase from outside shops.
The Temple priest will make you sit in a row and a priest explains what to be done with the items you buy.
About Rahu Kethu Pooja Performing Details:
For Rahu Kethu pooja you will be given items such as two small silver idols of Rahu & Ketu snakes form, Kumkum (Vermilion), two types of horse-grams, betel nuts and leaves, coconuts etc.
The Temple Priest will announce some instructions through a microphone in Telegu, Tamil, Hindi & Malayalam about how to perform the pooja to Rahu & Kethu idols on your own. It takes 45 mins for a batch to finish the Rahu Kethu Pooja.
After finishing the Rahu Kethu pooja, you are allowed free to go to have the darshan of Lord Shiva and Goddess Gnanaprasunambhika Devi idols. The duration to have dharshan will be around 20 to 30 minutes as per the crowd. Devotees throng into the temple more on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
Regarding the cost of Tickests for the Poojas at Sree Kalahasthi Please click Here