Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple is a medieval temple with Ganesha as its major deity, also known as the Shrine of Water, and is located in the Chittoor district’s Irala Mandal. Because of its miraculous idol, the regal Kanipakam temple has enormous religious significance and importance. The water in the compound is thought to be holy and capable of curing a variety of abnormalities.
Because it is a Vinayaka Temple, pilgrims visit it before heading to Tirupati. Despite being a significant crowd drawer and a fast-rising complex, the authorities also maintained the Kanipakam temple. This one-of-a-kind Ganesha sanctuary is located in the middle of a river. Its importance stems from its purity and rich heritage.
The magnificent temple was built in the early 11th century by Chola king Kulothunga Chola I and expanded in 1336 by Vijayanagara dynasty monarchs. Because of its proximity to the Bahuda River, the name Kanipakam is a combination of Kani (wetland) and pakam (flow of water into a wetland). When Kulothunga Chola built the temple, he also added a Siva Temple to the complex. It was to demonstrate his devotion to both Bhagwan Shiva and Ganesha.
Kulothunga Chola was a pious man who devoted his life to restoring and renovating old temples as well as constructing new ones. The architecture used during the temple’s growth due to Kulothunga Chola’s increasing power may also be found in Malaysia’s Kedah region. He was a Sun God devotee, and the structure of the Kanipakam Vinayaka temple is quite similar to the Pudukottai temple he built.