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The inner part of this temple dates back to 5th century built by the Pallava dynasty and the outer part was constructed around 12th century by the Chola and the Vijayanagara kings who made valuable contribution to this temple. Cholas laid the foundation and the vast west facing Kalahastiswara temple was built adjoining a hill, and on the banks of the river Swarnamukhi. Krishnadevaraya in 1516 the 100 pillar mandapam (hall).
Prakara (corridor),Sri Kalahasti temple,S.India.saibabayatra.in
This temple is also associated with Rahu and Ketu, (of the nine grahams or celestial bodies in the Indian astrological scheme), hence it is Rahu Kethu Kshetra.The following people come here for performing Rahu – Kethu Sarpa Dosha Nivarana Puja - remedy for their bad period : people whose marriage gets delayed. Couples with no children. People with financial, marital hurdles, etc. After parikara, their worries get removed. Thousands of devotees all over India and abroad come here for dosha nivarthi-removal of blemishes.
Aadi Sankara, a great exponent of Hindu philosophy, worshiped at this holy place. Muthuswamy Deekshitar, Cranatic music trinity sang the glory of this temple in his kriti 'Sree Kaalahasteesa.' Sri Kalahasti Satakam' explains the traditions associated with this temple.The fifth day of the festival in the month of Maasi coincides with the Maha Shivaratri which occurs in the Tamil month of Maasi (Feb. 15 through March 15) is one of the greatest festival seasons here.