Kapila Theertham at Tirumala Hills

Kapila Theertham at Tirumala Hills

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Kapila Theertham is a famous Saivite Temple and Theertham, located at Tirupati in the Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh, India. The idol is believed to be installed by Kapila Muni and hence Lord Siva here is referred to as Kapileswara.

While all the temples in and around the holy town, Tirupati are dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, there is this one holy place dedicated to Lord Shiva. Tirupati has an ancient Shiva temple at Kapila Theertham. It is the only holy waterfall in Tirupati. The waterfalls host Kapileswara swamy temple dedicated to Shiva. A small Lord Venkateswara idol was established here in 4th cave above the waterfall Kapila Theertham lies north east of Tirupati. The waterfall is situated right in the middle of the temple. A good place to visit during the monsoons as the water fall looks breathtaking.

The temple stands at the entrance to a mountain cave in one of the steep and vertical faces at the foot of the Tirumala hills which are part of Seshachalam Hills, where the waters of the mountain stream fall directly into Temple Pushkarini known as “Kapila Theertham”. A huge stone statue of a seated bull “Nandhi”, Lord’s Shiva’s steed, greets devotees and passersby at the entrance to the temple.

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According to Temple Legend Kapila Muni had performed penance to Lord Siva at this place and blissed with the Muni’s devotion, Lord Siva and Parvathi presented themselves. The Lingam is believed to be self-manifested. Kapila muni is believed to emerged from the Bilam(Cavity) in the Pushkarini(Theertham) on to the earth.

Religious importance
During ‘Kartika’ month on the occasion of its “mukkoti” on the ‘Purnima’ (full moon) day, all the teerthas situated in the three world’s merge into this Kapila Teertham at noon for ten ‘Ghatikas'(one ghatika is equivalent to 24 minutes).[1] It is believed that persons bathing in it at that auspicious time will attain salvation from the cycle of birth and death (‘Brahmaloka’).[citation needed] Moreover, those who have ever offered Pindam (thidhi or thadhhina) to their departed ancestor souls can do it here and wash off your sins for non performance of it in past.

Festivals
The temple celebrates all important festivals of Shaivism which includes Maha Shivaratri, Karthika Deepam, Vinayaka Chavithi, Adikirtika etc. Kapileswara Swamy Brahmotsavams is the biggest event of the temple celebrated by TTD during the month of February.[3] It is a nine-day event where the processional deity of Lord Shiva and Parvathi will taken procession on different vahanams starting with Hamsa vahanam and ending with Trishula snanam(celestial bath to Siva Trident)

Daily Sevas: 

        Name of the Seva Timings
Suprabhatham 5:00 AM to 5:30 AM
Abishekam 5:30 AM to 6:30 AM
4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Alankaram, Archana 6:30 AM to 7:00 AM
Sarvadarshanam 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Sahasranama Archana  4:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Lalitha Sahasranama Archana 5:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Ekantha Seva 8:00 AM to 8:15 PM

Weekly Sevas: 

Name of the Seva  Day Timings
Rudrabhishekam Monday 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Ekantha Seva Monday 9:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Navagrahabhishekam Saturday 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Monthly Sevas: 

Name of the Seva Day Timings
Siva Parvathula Kalyanam Masa Sivarathri 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ekadasa  Rudrabhishekam Masa Sivarathri 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Navagrahabhishekam Saturday 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

 

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