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The Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple (Kanipakam Temple) dedicated to Lord Vinayaka in the town of Kanipakam, Andhra is a rare historical temple because here the presiding deity is self-manifested (Swayambhu) - a feature rarely observed in numerous Ganesa temples. Yet another interesting feature about the idol is it grows slowly. It has outgrown the Kavacha - armor on the idol donated by a devotee several decades ago. Earlier, only knee and abdomen were observable.
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Legend has it that once upon a time three physically handicapped farmers were making a living by tilling the land with water available from their well. The brothers were deaf, dump and blind and obviously they were dependent on the income from the land. One day they could not draw the water for cultivation purpose from the well, so one of them got into the well and tried to deepen the well. when dug deeper, blood started oozing from the bottom of the well and the well turned red. That time a miracle had happened and the three brothers were cured of their infirmities. Taken aback, the villagers suspected some divine power in the well, so, they dug the well further deeper and found Swayambhu idol (self-manifested) of Lord Vinayaka in the well.
Since then, the place had become popular as the people experienced some miracles in their lives after their visit to this place. Kulothunga Chola, on a visit here, came to know about the idol of lord Ganesa and the miraculous events, taking place there and later had a temple built in the place where the idol was found..
The annual festival (Brahmotsavam) is a 21 day festival that begins on the Hindu festival of Vinayaka Chavithi (or Ganesh Chaturthi) in the months of August/September. One can see Nijaroopa darshanam (without armor and decoration) during early morning pooja.The temple is just half a kilometer from the Kanipakam bus stand. Temple timing: 4 am to 9.30 pm.