Mantralayam, also known as Manchale or Mantralaya is situated in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. It is a holy town situated at a distance of 256 km from the capital city of Hyderabad. Mantralayam, the house of the Samadhi of Vaishnava saint Shri Raghavendra Swamy, is a famous pilgrimage destination in South India. Mantralayam is considered as a holy place of ancient origin. Mantralayam is situated near the border of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh along the banks of River Tungabhadra, a chief tributary of River Cauvery. This small is synonymous with the Tomb Temple of Shri Raghavendra Swamy, which is known by the name ‘Vrindavana’. This place is also popular for Manchalamma Temple and Venkateswara Swamy Temple.
Places to visit and Sightseeing
Manchalamma Temple: Manchalamma Temple of Mantralayam is located near the Samadhi Temple, inside the Mantralayam Mutt. Goddess Manchlamma is the presiding deity of Mantralayam Village. This deity is another manifestation of Goddess Parvathi. It is a practice for people to worship at this shrine before proceeding to Sri Raghavendra Brindavan.
Raghvendra Swamy Brindavana: Samadhi Temple is the place where Raghavendra Swamy entered alive into Jeeva Samadhi (tomb), also called Brundavan. The shrine of Manchalamma is next to it, both lying near the Tungabhadra river.
Panchamukhi Anjaneya Temple: Panchamukhi Anjaneya Swamy Temple is located about 23 km away from Mantralayam, atop rocky terrain near Bichchali. Panchamukhi is said to be the place where Raghavendra Swamy has performed meditation for 12 years before settling in Mantralaya. This is an important pilgrimage site for devotees visiting Mantralayam.
Venkateswara Swamy Temple: It is beleived that Sri Raghavendra himself worshipped the idol of Venkateswara during his tenure. The garden here serves as the source of Thulasi after the original one behind the temple was moved out due to temple construction and expansion.
Bichhali: Situated on the banks of River Tungabhadra, it is about 20 km away from Mantralayam. Bichchali, also known as Bikshalaya, is a pilgrim destination near Mantralayam. This place is famous as the meditating site of Sri Appannachar, who was the prime disciple of Sri Raghavendra Teertha.
Chinna Tumbalam: The Narasimha Swamy Temple which is about 200 years old can be found in Chinna Tumbalam. At a distance of 25 Kms from Mantralayam, Chinna Tumbalam situated on Adoni road.
Urukunda: Urukunda situated on Adoni road is famous for Narasimha Swamy Tample, also known as Veeranna Swamy Temple. A unique feature of Urukunda Temple is that the swayambhu (self created/manifested) idol of Sri Lakshmi-Narasimha Erranna Swamy is found below an Aswatha Vruksha (Banyan Tree).
Alampur: Located in the Mahboob Nagar District of Andhra Pradesh, Alampur is a popular temple town. Alampur has rich historical and pilgrimage importance, it is situated on the banks of River Tungabhadra close to the place where the mighty rivers of Krishna and Tungabhadra merge.
Adoni Fort: Adoni fort is one of the largest forts in India with the fortification walls running beyond 50 km in length. The fort was believed to be established between 14th to 16th centuries when the Vijayanagar Empire ruled the area.. The fort stands on rock granite hills and is visited by a large number of travellers.
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