Mantralayam Tourism

Mantralayam Tourism

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Mantralayam Info

  • State: Andhra Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • District: Kurnool
Mantralayam or Manchale is a town located in the Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh, at a distance of 256 km from the capital city of Hyderabad. Mantralayam, the abode of the Samadhi of Vaishnava saint Shri Raghavendra Swamy, is a famous pilgrimage destination in South India.

Mantralayam is situated near the border of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh along the banks of River Tungabhadra, a chief tributary of River Cauvery.  Mantralayam is considered as a holy place of ancient origin. According to legend, King Prahalada performed his yagnyas to Lord Rama in this region, during the Dwapara Yuga.

As per records, the barren land around Mantralayam along the river banks of Tungabhadra was handed over to the Mutt of Shri Raghavendra Swamy by Nawaab Siddi Masud Khan of Adoni. Shri Raghavendra Swamy was the disciple and the successor of Sri Sudheendra Theertharu of Kumbakonam, who taught him Dwaita Vedanta, grammar and ancient literary works and Vedic texts.

Later, Shri Raghavendra Swamy came to be known as ‘Manchale Ragappa’ by his ardent followers.  He attained Jeeva Samadhi at Mantralayam in 1671. It is believed that Shri Raghavendra Swamy was the incarnation of Bhakta Prahalada, who was deeply devoted to Lord Vishnu. It is also believed that, by attaining Samadhi, Shri Raghavendra entered in to the Vrindavana (Sajeeva Vrindavana) and that he will fulfill his devotees’ wishes for another 360 years.

Today, the small town of Mantralayam is synonymous with the Tomb Temple of Shri Raghavendra Swamy, which is known by the name ‘Vrindavana’. Mantralayam is also popular for Manchalamma Temple and Venkateswara Swamy Temple.

Maharathostavam/Car Festival and Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy Aradhanostavam are the famous festivals of Mantralayam, which are celebrated with great enthusiasm. Mantralayam tourism also offers pilgrimage trips to Panchamukhi Anjaneya Temple, Chinna Tumbalam, Bichchali, Urukunda and Alampur. 

Mantralayam can be easily reached as it is well connected by rails and roads to other destinations in Andhra Pradesh. The nearest airport to Mantralayam is the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport of Hyderabad, which is at a distance of 253 km. The nearest rail head is 'Mantralayam Road' on Madras-Raichur route, which is about 30 minutes drive from Sri Raghavendra Swamiji's (SRS).

Mantralayam is visited by a large number of devotees of Shri Raghavendra Swamy, irrespective of their religion, all through the year. The vicinity of Mantralayam to destinations like Kurnool, Hyderabad, Tirupati, Warangal, Bangalore and Vijayawada makes it a popular pilgrimage destination.

Mantralayam is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Hyderabad and Kolhapur.

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Travellers from Bangalore, Chennai

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Mantralayam Traveller Reviews

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Ajith G a

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  • Ajith G a
  • Lives in Bengalooru
  • 149 photos
  • 68 Reviews
  •  55 helpful votes
  •  63917 readers

"Famous temple !!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 1, 2016
I had been to Raichur recently and got a chance to visit this famous temple.
The Journey from Raichur to Mantralayam was good as the Roads are very well maintained except for a few stretches where construction is going on.
Reached the temple around 12:15 PM and headed straight to the temple.
I was able to have peaceful darshanam within 10 minutes as there was not much crowd.
There's ample space inside temple to sit and relax after darshanam.
There is also a shop to buy some gifts/souvenirs inside the temple premises itself.
The temple timings is as follows:
06-00 AM to 14:00 PM
16:00 PM to 21:00 PM
Lunch will be provided between:11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Totally Worth visiting the temple.
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Ravi .

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  • Ravi .
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 12 Reviews
  •  91 helpful votes
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"Nice and soothing visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 4, 2016
A nice place and well-maintained temple. A good religious experience and pleasant place to see. Nice small hotels are available for food and on the walking path many people sell food freshly prepared which are hygienic. The people are very helpful. The place is very small and people from all over India come here. The Tungabhadra river was empty.
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Manikandan Muthusamy

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  • Manikandan Muthusamy
  • Lives in Bhavani
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  •  4 helpful votes
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"Religious place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 18, 2016
Its a one of my life wonderful experience. I reached Mantralayam through train, after refreshment we reached temple at evening 6 pm. First we done prayer at Manjalamman temple, then I stepped in to Ragavendrar mutt, in the evening Pallakku Sevai, Gaja Sevai, and gold and silver ratham urchav is taking place at every evening. Gajaurchav is very wonderful one which is a big silver elephant with four wheels carrying pragalatha statue rounding up the temple along with pilgrims. Pilgrims doing prayers with pradakshinam and five types of ratha urchav was conducted. After that unjal urchav is taking place. At night at after all urchav they give sandal and theertham which must be taken by all devotees, because it will clear all our health related problems, it is a myth followed by temple devotees. Next day in the morning i taken religious bathing at Thungabathara river which is 500 mtr from temple.
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Savithri Ramani

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  • Savithri Ramani
  • Lives in Coimbatore
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"Excellent opportunity for religious people"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 28, 2015
An excellent opportunity for religious people, it is nice place on the bank of river Tungabhadra. The place is always seen with religious crowd. The nearest places are Navabrindavan and Panchamugi. Very nice tiffin centres are there, full of small shopping places, a peaceful place for worship. We can go anytime but during August Arathanai Urchavam, lot of hotels cottages are in and around.
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  • Shekar
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Divine destination-Mantralayam"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 16, 2015
Even though I am not a total spiritual person, I developed a kind of attachment to this Divine place since 7/8 years back. This place is exactly 397 Kms from bangalore. The place is to be travelled on Hyderabad highway upto Anantapuram. After travelling 275 Kim's from bangalore on highway we have to take deviation towards Gooti. From Gooti it is 125 Kms single road & bit rough. You get lots of villages in between. Well once you reach Mantralayam all your strain & stress will be over soon you enter the temple area. There are plenty of hotels to stay. Take rest & have darshan of Sri Raghavendra swamy. It's a Divine destination. Lots of hotels for food & temple offers free food in morning. Experience the Divine feeling. Sure one will get a feeling to get back every year. Evening poojas start at 7 pm to 9 pm. Please carry dhotis. Or you can purchase near temple shops.
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Lakshmi Ponnappa

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  • Lakshmi Ponnappa
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
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"Religious place with lot of positive vibes around"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Jul 21, 2015
A very religious temple, with lot of positive vibes all around the place, it a bit difficult to find very good hotel, hence decent budget hotel will do which are mostly located near the bus stand. Streets are filled with small shops where you can shops religious/traditional stuffs with a very reasonable price, bargaining will also do.

Hotels are quite packed as there are not much of them the best is the Udupi hotel. Cameras are allowed inside temple and near by there is place called Punchamukhi [temple] also called cave temple which has a lot of small temples inside it, its believed that God Ragavendra meditated there. Beware of monkeys snatching your belongings. Do not expect good hotels as they have small shops which would serve idlis and mandakkis [puffed rice fried with masalas].
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Ashok g Fai

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  • Lives in Salem
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"Awesome place its one of my sweet memories"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 27, 2014
I visited Mantralayam in my holiday. Awesome place its one of my sweet memories. Very silent and powerful temple. Small river or lake is there, good to take nice bath. I tasted food in temple till now it’s in my mind. Also hotel masal dosa hmm yummmy. Once again have to go. Thank you.
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Sudha Kollu

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  • Sudha Kollu
  • 13 Reviews
  •  375 helpful votes
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"Good temple of Raghavendra swamy"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 21, 2014
This temple build besides of River Tungabhadra,this is a god temple,this temple was very famous in kurnool district of andhra pradesh. This is god Ragavendra swamy temple,the road way little bit not good,we go on rented vehicle, from there Panchamuki Anjaneya swamy temple is very nearer.
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Jyothsna Shetty

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  • Jyothsna Shetty
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Religious visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 14, 2014
A religious visit. You can start travelling in the morning, you will reach by 6 pm. You can visit places like Chitradurga, Shimoga on the way. You can then freshen up and visit temple. In case you reach in mid day, do wait till night, have a look at the golden Rath Yatra. Its just beautiful. We had halted in Hotel Udupi. They have good food, and the rooms are spacious enough for two.
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  • Pramod
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  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Good religious place near Hyderabad"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Jan 25, 2014
It is one of the most opted places by Hyderabadis and Bangalorians, as a religious place to visit for mental peace. For a family with small kids travelling to this place can be very easy, safe and convenient. Best is to board a train as it is a overnight journey. There lodging is easy to find and at economic rates. Once you reach there, you must visit Panchamukhi, Bichchali and Samadhi. They are in close by and easy to reach. Families can spend 2 or even 3 days. Bichchali can be good for kids as there are river banks and one can enjoy being there in the open.
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