kanipakam Vinayaka temple was constructed in the early 11th century by the Chola king Kulothunga Chola I and was expanded further in 1336 by the Emperors of Vijayanagara dynasty. Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple, the idol is still growing in size! At present, we can see the knees and the abdomen of the idol. An ardent devotee had offered a Silver ‘Kavacham’ to Lord Ganesh fifty years ago, but today it is out of size and doesn’t fit the idol,
Once upon a time, there lived 3 farmers with physical deformities and they were dumb, deaf and blind by birth. They owned a piece of land. In olden days water was drawn from the well by way of Piccota system. As one of them used to irrigate the field through the channels, the other two used to ply on the piccota. On one such operation, they found that the water in the well got dried up and they could no longer pull water out of the well. 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, the farmer 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 experience all the three became normal getting rid of their deformities.
As soon as the villagers came to know this miracle, they thronged to the well and tried to deepen the well further. But their attempt proved futile because the ‘Swayambhu’ idol of Lord Vinayaka emerged from the swirling waters of the well. After this miracle, coconuts were offered and the thirtham from the coconuts covered the entire area. This led to the modification in the usage of the word ‘Kaniparakam’ and was 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. The holy water from the well is offered to the devotees as Tirtham.