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Saranya Devanathan

Saranya Devanathan2.5/5

462 reviews

Simple place with food for all

As a group of doctors, we arranged a visit to Mantralayam in 3 big SUVs. We entered local hospital near the temple and took the doctor along to arrange the darshan . The men who brought dhotis changed there with a angavastram to cover their upper body. Those who did not bring any dhoti bought a set for Rs. 400, wore them and took it home. The ward boy who accompanied us told me to remove my socks also before entering the sanctum sanctorum. A Goddess was the prime deity. Later Raghavendra swamy and another disciple. Many more swamijis were a little outside in a row. They gave colored rice - not for eating - for putting on your head. All of them fell on the ground when I knelled outside in the praghara. We met a swamiji who blessed us with a colorful shawl and parimala prasadam 4 pieces wrapped in a paper and coloured rice. Since it was Dhanur month, the lunch will be served before 12 noon it seems. We rushed to VIP dining area. It had chairs, tables and washing basins. The food was simple with sweet pongal, white rice, sambar, rasam and buttermilk with something like a pickle. It was tasty and fulfilling. Few doctors wanted more parimala prasadam to take home. Rs. 20 for 4 pieces at the entrance of the temple. We came out and had sugarcane juice outside in a shop - freshly squeezed with lemon and ginger. Used the toilet of the hospital, changed dress and proceeded to Panchamukhi Anjaneya temple nearby.

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  • Simple place with food for all
  • Simple place with food for all
  • Simple place with food for all
  • Simple place with food for all

Ajith G a

Ajith G a5.0/5

143 reviews

Famous temple !!

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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Mantralayam Overview

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.

Photos of Mantralayam

Raghvendra Swamy Brindavana, Mantralayam

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Srinivasan Hari

Raghvendra Swamy Brindavana, Mantralayam
Raghvendra Swamy Brindavana, Mantralayam

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Srinivasan Hari

Raghvendra Swamy Brindavana, Mantralayam
Manchalamma Temple, Mantralayam

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manchalamma temple
Vedic Pathashala, Mantralayam

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infront of temple

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