Kanipakam Varasidhi Vinayaka Temple

Sri Swayambu Varasidhi Vinayaka Temple or Kanipakam Ganesha Temple is located in village Irala in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India. The temple enshrines a self-manifested Swayambu idol of Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka. Lord Ganesh is worshipped and revered as the up-holder of ‘Truth’. People come here and take special oath to resolve their day-to-day disputes. They take holy dip in the sacred tank to swear to the lord the true statement. In certain particular cases, people who have committed sin taking a holy dip and agree to the sins as soon as they had the dip, even before entering the temple. Thus the lord makes the sinners regret and feel guilty for their sins committed.

An exceptional feature of the Swayambu Idol of Varasidhi Vinayaka is that it is still growing in size. Fifty years back an ardent devotee Smt. Lakshmamma offered a Kavach (Armour) to the lord which today does not fit. Theertham offered to the pilgrims is taken from the well were the Swayambu idol manifested. The spring of the well are perennial and the eternal and never dries. The temple’s glory spread around and pilgrims from all-over come to offer their prayers to the great lord.

Kanipakam Varasidhi Vinayaka Temple Chittoor Andhra Pradesh


Brahmotsavam festival is celebrated here every year after Ganesha Chaturthi. It is a 20 days festival and goes on with a lot of celebrations and happiness.

Nearby Temples

Varasidhi Vinayaka Temple Kanipakam is in the same district where the famous Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple and Sri Kalahasti Temple is housed.

Contact Address

Sri Swayambu Varasidhi Vinayakaswamy
Vari Devasthanam,
Kanipakam, Irala Mandal
Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh

Phone: +91-8573-281540 (office)
E-mail: kanipak@kanipakam.com

Garjiya Devi Temple Ramnagar Nainital

Garjiya Devi Temple in Ramnagar, Uttarakhand is a popular goddess temple located on the outskirts of the Corbett National Park, in the Garjiya village in Nainital district. Girija Devi Mandir is a sacred Shakti temple constructed on a huge rock in the Kosi River and is one of the important Hindu temples in Nainital District. Garjiya Devi Mandir is located around 14 km from Ramnagar on Dhikala road.

The temple enshrines a 4.5 feet high idol of Goddess Girija Devi, the daughter of Himalaya and wife of Lord Shiva. Other Hindu gods worshiped here include Goddess Saraswati, Lord Ganesha and Batuk Bhairava. A separate shrine of Lord Laxmi-Narayan can be seen in the temple premises.

Garjiya Devi Temple Ramnagar Nainital


Kartik Poornima is the important festival celebrated at Garjiya Devi Temple. The festivals, falls on the fifteenth lunar day of Kartik (November – December) is attended by thousands of devotees from nearby places. Kartika Poornima Festival is also known as the festival of lights of the gods.

How to Reach

Ramnagar Railway Station, managed by the North Eastern Railways, is the nearest railhead. Ramnagar Bus Station operates bus services to Girija Devi Temple. Pantnagar Airport (50 km) is the nearest air base.

Garjiya village is located 65 km from Nainital, 117 km from Ranikhet and 252 km from Delhi.

Significance of Ahobilam Temple

According to legend, the Devas saw the manifestation of Lord Vishnu as half lion - half man. They shouted "Ahobala" (great strength) and "Ahobila" (great cave). It is believed that Narasimha manifested Himself in a natural rock cave and hence this place came to be known as "Ahobilam".

It is believed that Ahobilam is the place where the Lord killed Hiranyakasipu and saved Prahlada (a great devotee of Lord Vishnu). Also, Goddess Mahalakshmi took incarnation as Senjulakshmi among the Senju, tribal hunters of the hills, and married the Lord.

Another legend states that Lord Garuda did penance to see Lord Vishnu in Sri Narasimha form and hence the Lord took nine different forms in this hill. Hence, this hill was also known as Garudadri, Garudachalam and Garudasailam.

The Nallamala hills are personified as Adisesha with his head at Tirumala, middle at Ahobilam and the tail at Srisailam.

Significance of Ahobilam Temple

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