Nestled by the three hills of Durgambika in the north, the Kannappar in the south and the Kumaraswamy in the east, the Sri Kalahasteeswara Temple is located in the Chitor district of Andhra Pradesh. It is positioned in close proximity to the renowned temple town of Tirupati. This is definitely a very advantageous location because the large number of devotees who come to offer their prayers to Lord Balaji at Tirupati can easily come and pay a visit to the Sri Kalahasteeswara Temple in the same trip.
Sri Kalahasteeswara Temple in Andhra Pradesh dates back to several centuries. The fact that it is referred to in pre Christian Tamil literature speaks volumes about its antiquity. It finds mention in the Chola inscriptions as well.
According to legend, Rahu and Ketu, two of the nine planets in Indian Astrology offered their prayers at the Sri Kalahasteeswara Temple. The importance of this Sri Kalahasteeswara Temple in Andhra Pradesh also lies in the fact that it is one in the group of five temples that worship Shiva as a personification of the five primary elements of fire, earth, water, wind and space.