This temple was built in the early 11th century by King Chola Kulothunga Chola I and the temple expanded in 1336 by the emperors of the Vijayanagara dynasty. Kanipakam Vinayaka temple, the idol continues to grow in size! At this moment we can see the knees and the abdomen of the idol.
Kanipakam temple has an interesting history and according to a traditional mythological story, there were three handicapped brothers who are blind, deaf and dumb are living in this place. The earn their lively-hood by cultivating a small piece of land. They used to draw the water for cultivation from nearby well. Once the water in the well got dried up completely and the brothers have left no choice but to go into the well and start digging it up.
One of them got into the well and started digging it up with his iron digging tool. Immediately he stopped digging after his tool hit a hard stone like formation.Suddenly the stone started oozing the blood and filled the well completely. Surprisingly all three brothers were miraculously cured and became normal by the divine power.All villages came to see this miracle and started offering coconuts to the Swayambhu Varasiddhi Vinayaka Swamy.
The coconut water offered by the villagers flowed into the dry lands and hence the place got its new Tamil name “Kaniparakam”, which was later pronounced as “Kanipakam”.
Even today, the idol is in the original well and the well sources are eternal and eternal. During the rainy season, the holy water of the well still overflows. The holy water of the well is offered to devotees like Tirtham (holy water).