Sri Kalahasti is well-known for its Vayu linga, which represents the wind. This is a well-known Shiva temple in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, around 36 km from the well-known Tirupati temple.
Lord Shiva is worshipped at this temple as a manifestation of one of the Pancha-mahabhootas (water, fire, earth, space, and air). Sri Kalahasti temple is recognised for the element ‘air,’ while the other four sthalam/divine sites are Chidambaram for space, Kanchipuram for Earth, Tiruvanaikkaval for water, and Tiruvannamalai for fire.
The temple was built in the 5th century by the Pallava dynasty, and the major constructions were repaired and built by the Chola rulers in the 10th century. Huge gifts and contributions were received from the great monarchs of the governing dynasties, including Krishnadeva Raya’s reign. The temple is now maintained by the local government.
Sri Kalahasti is also known as Rahu-Ketu kshetra (holy location of Rahu and Ketu) and is generally known as Dakshina Kashi (Southern Kashi). Rahu is the form of Vayu in vedic astrology, whereas Ketu is the form of Fire. As a result, Indian astrologers highly recommend this temple for treatments for malefic Rahu-ketu aspects in one’s natal chart. This temple is also well-known for its kaal sarpdosh puja, which is tied to Rahu-Ketu and may be conducted extremely near to the Lord. This emphasises the concept that one’s life’s problems and delays may be overcome in the presence of Lord Shiva and the world of his blessings and supernatural powers.