Sri Varasiddi Vinyaka Swamy Kanipaakam
About Sri Varasiddi Vinyaka Swamy
According to the legend of the temple there were three brothers and each one had a handicap. Like Dumb, Deaf and Blind. They were earning out their livelihood by cultivating a small piece of land.
In olden days water was drawn from the well by way of 'Picota System'. As one of them used to irrigate the field through the channels, the other two used to ply on the Picota. On one such operation they found that the water in the well got dried up and they could no longer continue their job. One of them got into the well and started digging it up. He was taken aback to see the iron implement hitting a stone like formation.
Later, he was shocked to see blood oozing out from it. Within a few seconds the entire water in the well, turned blood red in colour. Thus, startled by this divine sight, all the three became normal getting rid of their deformities. As soon as the villagers came to know about this miracle, they thronged to the well and tried to deepen the well further. But their attempt proved futile because the 'swayambhu' idol (the self-manifested) of Lord Vinayaka emerged from the swirling waters.
Ultimately they offered many number of coconuts with all prayers- modestly kneeling before the new idol, offered "MANGALARATHI" etc. They declared the idol as "SWAMYUMBHU" and tendered a number of coconuts. The coconuts water flowed into a channel to a distance of more than one and a quarter acres. The indication of this led to the modification in the usage of the word "KANIPARAKAM" and later pronounced as KANIPAKAM.
Even today the idol is in the original well and the springs of the well are perennial and eternal. During the rainy season, the holy water from the well overflows even today.
Another striking and strange feature of the idol is that it is still growing in size. At present, we can see the knees and the abdomen of the idol. Smt. Lakshmamma, an ardent devotee had offered a 'Kavacham' (Armour) to the Lord, fifty years ago but today it is out of size and doesn't fit the idol. The holy water from the well is offered to the devotees as theertham.
The swayambhu idol of Kanipakam is the up-holder of truth. Day to day disputes between people are resolved by taking a 'special oath'. The people in the dispute take a holy dip in the temple tank and swear before the lord. It is taken as gospel truth.
There are instances when the person who committed that sin voluntarily agrees as soon as he had the dip and much before entering the temple itself. It seems the Lord lawns invisibly on the sinner and makes him repent and feel guilty for his sinful deeds.
There are some of the different appearances of God. Dhwajarohanam, Gramotsavam, Hamsa Vahanam, Peacock Vahanam, Mooshika Vahanam, Shasha Vahanam, Vrishabha Vahanam, Gaja Vahanam, Rathotsavam(Chairot), Thiru Kalyanam and Vadayathu Utsavam.
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Brahmotsavam is held in Kanipakam for Lord Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka every year. It starts from Vinayaka Charurti and goes on for 20 days. The Utsavamurthi (Festive idol) is taken out in procession into town on different Vahanams.
The annual Brahmotsavam commences from Ganesh Chaturthi. It goes on for 20 days with all traditional pomp and gaiety. The utsavamurthi (Festive idol) is taken out in procession on all the days colourfully decked on different vahanams (Carriages). The soulful participation of the devotees is praise worthy. The float festival attracts pilgrims from all over the country.