Govindraja Swamy Temple


Govindraja Swamy Temple Overview

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Govindraja Swamy Temple is one of the important Hindu shrines in Tirupati. It was consecrated by Saint Ramanujacharya in 1130. It is located in the north-western region of Chennai in Andhra Pradesh, on the foothills of the Tirumala Hill.

The main Govindaraja Swamy Temple has two shrines, dedicated to Sri Govindaraja and Sri Parthasarathy respectively. The northern shrine belongs to Sri Govindaraja, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Govindaraja is considered to be the brother of Lord Venkateswara.

The second shrine is dedicated to Sri Parthasarathy, an representation of Lord Krishna as the charioteer of Arjuna during the Mahabharata. The sanctum has beautifully carved idols of Rukmini and Satyabhama, Lord Krishna's wives. Inscriptions and manuscripts carved on the walls date back to the 9th century and 10th century.

The present structure of the temple was constructed by Sri Ramanujacharya, who installed the idol of Sri Govindaraja in the shrine. The temple structure stands on a seven-storey Gopuram, which was constructed in 1628. The entrance is adorned with the first Gopuram of the shrine, which is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. The idol of the Goddess depicts holding a lotus in two of her four hands and the remaining two hands are in the Varada pose, meaning benediction and fearlessness.

The main entrance has a small shrine dedicated to Sri Ramanujacharya. On the other entrance gate, an idol of Kurma is placed on the Gopuram. The walls of the second Gopuram are adorned with carvings depicting events of the Ramayana.

An annual float festival is also organised in the temple. Local buses and taxis are easily available to reach the shrine from the destination.

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