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Kanipakam Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple Timings, History

Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple is situated in Kanipakam Village within Chittoor District. This ancient Ganesha Temple is also referred to as Kanipakam Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple. The main deity of this temple, Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka Swamy, is a self-manifested idol, known as Swayambhu. An intriguing detail about this temple is that the size of Sri Vinayaka’s idol is gradually increasing.

According to belief, the idol will continue to grow in size until the end of Kaliyuga, after which Sri Vinayaka will supposedly manifest in person. The well from which Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka emerged still exists within the temple premises. The sacred water from this well is shared among devotees as Prasadam in the temple.

Kanipakam Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple Timings:

4:00 AM to 9:30 PM on all days.

Kanipakam Darshanam Timings:

Darshan NameTimings
Nijaroopa Darshan 5.00 AM to 5.30 AM
7.00 AM to 7.30 AM
8.30 AM to 9.00 AM
10.30 AM to 11.00 AM
Athi Seeghra Darshan5.00 AM to 5.30 AM
7.00 AM to 7.30 AM
8.30 AM to 9.00 AM
10.30 AM to 11.00 AM
4.30 PM to 5.00 PM

Sri Swayambu Varasidhi Vinayakaswamy Kanipakam Temple History:

Kanipakam Varasiddhi Vinayaka temple is located in Kanipakam which is 12 km from Chittoor and 70 km from Tirupati. “Kani” means wetland and “Pakam” means the flow of water into the wetland. According to the legend of the temple, there were three brothers and each one had a handicap. Viz., Dumb, Deaf and Blind. They were earning their livelihood by cultivating a small piece of land.

In the olden days, water was drawn from the well by way of ‘The 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 had dried up and they could no longer continue their job. 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, he 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 sight, all three became normal getting rid of their deformities. As soon as the villagers came to know about this miracle, they thronged to the well and tried to deepen the well further. But their attempt proved futile because the ‘Swayambhu’ idol (the self-manifested) of Lord Vinayaka emerged from the swirling waters.

Ultimately they offered many coconuts with all prayers- modesty kneeling before the new idol afford “MAGALHARATHI” etc. They declared the ideal of “SWAYAMBHU” and tendered a number of coconuts. The coconut water flowed into the channel to a distance of more than one and a quarter acres. The indication of this led to the modification in the usage of the Tamil word “KANIPARAKAM” and 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.

Kanipakam Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple


Another striking and strange feature of the idol is that it is still growing in size. At present, we can see the knees and the abdomen of the idol. Smt. Lakshmamma, an ardent devotee had offered a ‘Kavacham’ (Armour) to the Lord, fifty years ago but today it is out of size and doesn’t fit the idol. The holy water from the well is offered to the devotees as Theertham.

The legend behind the Bahuda River

Long ago there lived two brothers Sankha and Likhita. They were on a pilgrimage to Kanipakam. As the journey was tiring, the younger brother Likhita felt hungry. Disregarding the advice of the elder brother he plucked a mango from the mango grove. Sankha felt bad and reported this to the ruler of that area and pleaded for punishment for the sin committed during the pilgrimage. Thus Likhita was punished severely being deprived of both arms.


Later they took a bath in the river near Kanipakam temple. Lo Behold! The chopped arms were restored to Likhita as soon as he had a dip in the sacred waters of the river. These incidents led the ruler to rename the river ‘Bahuda’ (Bahu means human arm). Thus the river beside Kanipakam temple is now known as the ‘Bahuda River’.
Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka as up-holder of ‘Truth’
The Swayambhu idol of Kanipakam is the up-holder of truth. Day-to-day disputes between people is resolved by taking a ‘special oath’. The people in the dispute take a holy dip in the temple tank and swear before the lord. It is taken as gospel truth.

There are instances when the person who committed that sin voluntarily agrees as soon as he had the dip and much before entering the temple itself. It seems the Lord lawns invisibly on the sinner and makes him repent & feel guilty for his sinful deeds.

Thus the glory of Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka spread far and wide and the honorable courts upheld the ‘special oath’ in their judicial pronouncements.

During Archana Seva, Abhishekam, Pala Abhishekam, Nijaroopa Darshanam (Darshan without Ornaments), Maha Harathi, Temple Cleaning all the Free and Special Darshan will be stopped. Devotees are requested to cooperate with the temple staff.

Paroksha Seva:

People from all around the globe can receive the divine blessings of Swayambhu Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka Swamy by participating in Paroksha Seva, either for themselves or on behalf of others. This special offering allows individuals to worship God through the “Worship from Home” approach. Devotees can conveniently book Paroksha Seva through the website and witness the live performance at the designated time through Kanipakam’s official YouTube channel.

Sevas List:

1) Sankatahara Ganapathi Vratham Paroksha Seva
2) Swami Vari Ganapathi Homam Paroksha Seva
3) Swami Vari Kalyanosthavam Paroksha Seva

Pratyaksha Seva:

Ganapathi Homam: Three Laddus are offered. Report 15 min before the Seva.
GoPooja: Couples or Single Person will be allowed.
Kalyanotsavam: Couples or Single Person will be allowed. One Shesha Vastram, One Blouse piece, and Three Laddus will be presented as prasadam.
Ksheerabhishekam (palabhishekam): Couples or Single Person will be allowed. Milk should be brought by the devotees not less than 2 liters.
Maha Harathi: Single Person will be Allowed.
Panchamurtha Abhishekam: Couple or Single person will be allowed, One Uppercloth, one blouse piece, lamination photo of Sri Ganesha Presented.
Sahasra Naama Arachana Seva: Couple or Single person will be allowed.
Sankatahara Ganapathi Vratham: Saamuhika Sankatahara Ganapathi Vratham SankataHara Ganapathi Vratham (at Addala Manapam) Single person will be allowed.
Special Ganapathi Homam: Individual Seva Ganapathi Homam (In Anaueti Mandapam). Two devotees are allowed for Homam and Darshan. Kanduva, Jacket Piece and One Laddu Prasadam Will be Presented.
Suprabatha Seva(Bindu Theerta Abhishekam): Suprabatha Seva(Bindu Theerta Abhishekam) Couple or Single person will be allowed. One upper cloth, one blouse piece, Lamination photo of Sri Ganesha Presented.
Udayaasthamaya Seva Seva Details: Binde Teertham at 4:00 AM, Go pooja at 4:15 AM, Suprabhatham at 4:30 AM, Nijaroopa Sarshanam at 5:00 AM, Panchamritha Abhishekam at 5:30 AM, Sahasra Naamaarchana at 6:00 AM, MahAMangala Haarathi at 6:30 AM, Saamoohika Ganapati Homam at 10:00 AM, kalyanotsavam at 11:00 AM, Ksheerabhishekam at 5:45 PM, Unjal Seva at 7:30 PM, Veda Aseervachanam at 8:00 PM, Ekantha Seva at 9:00 PM.

Pooja Dress Code:

Male: Dhoti.
Female: Saree / Half Saree / Chudidar with Dupatta.

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Kanipakam Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple Schedule:

Daily Open / Closing Timings4:00 AM to 930 PM
Suprabatham, Binduteerthaabishekham4:00 AM to 5:05 AM
Paalabhishekam5:45 PM to 6:15 PM
Special Abhishekam5:30 AM to 6:00 AM, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM & 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Nijaroopa DarshanMorning 5v00 to 5:30, 7:00 to 7:30, 8:30 to 9:00, 10:30 to 11:00 and Evening 4:30 to 5:00
Ganapathi HomamBetween 9:.00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Ganapathi Modaka PoojaBefore 12:00 Noon
Ganapathi Sahasra Namarchana10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Ganapathi Patra PoojaBefore 12.00 Noon
Shodasa Ganapathi PoojaBefore 12:00 Noon
Moola MantraarchanaBefore 12:00 Noon
MahaHarati (Kumba Harati)6.00 P.M to 6.15 P.M daily
Pavalimpu Seva (Ekantha Seva)9:30 PM on words…
Nitya Kalyanotshavam11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Vunjala Seva6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

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Kanipakam Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple:

Swayambhu Sri Varasiddi Vinayaka Swamy Vari Devasthanam,
Irala Mandal,
Chittoor District,
Andhra Pradesh – 517131
Contact: +91 – 08573 281747, 281540
email: mailendow-eokani@gov.in

Kanipakam Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple Timings, History

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