There are many temples of Lord Ganesha all over the country, which have become the centre of faith for many devotees. However, there is one temple of Ganesha called the ‘Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple’, located in Kanipakam in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, which is unique in its own way. This huge temple of Ganpati is unique because it is the only temple of his, which stands right in the middle of a river. Not just that, it is said that whoever visits this temple, the Lord frees them from all their sins.
The temple is the storehouse of many secrets not known to the world. The history of this temple is very interesting too.
The legend goes that there were three brothers in a village named viharapuri (today’s kanipakam) all of them were either deaf, dumb or blind by birth. They had a piece of land that they cultivated for their living; the land also had a well that had an old irrigation system to fetch water.
All of a sudden the water level dropped and the utility to fetch the water hit the bottom with a bang sound and the three tried to understand what was happening and by that time the water turned into red in colour indicating blood and the brothers got drenched in that blood water in the process of finding who was hurt.
After some time they realized that they were restored with vision, voice and hearing capabilities. Later, the villagers learned about this episode and paid a visit to the place to discover Ganesha’s Idol and the bleeding was happening because of the utility been hit on the back of the head of the deity.
Villagers then established this temple right in the middle of the river. The temple was established in the early 11th century CE by the Chola king Kulothunga Chola I and was expanded further in 1336 by the Emperors of Vijayanagara dynasty.
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