Srinivasa Mangapuram temple is regarded as the lord-prescribed alternative for Tirumala Devastana, and has been bestowed with great divine power. It is an ancient Hindu Vaishnavite temple located at Srinivasamangapuram which is 12 km from Tirupati in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh, India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, a form of Vishnu and is referred to as Kalyana Venkateswara Temple. The presiding deity of the temple is Venkateswara who is referred to as Kalyana Venkateswara. The deity will be facing west and is in standing posture with four hands with left two hands one in varada mundra and one holding Chakra and right two hands one in kati mudra and the other holding Shanka.
History of Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple
The temple itself is believed to have I existed from very ancient times and it is said that Sri Venkateswara is referred to even in the Rigveda. ‘Sri Venkatachala Mahatrnyam’ contains Puranic lores from the twelve Mahapuranas. After celebrating the marriage of Lord Venkateswara Swamy with Goddess Padmavathi, he did not immediately return to the Tirumala hills. But instead he visited the sage Agasthya’s ashram to seek blessings. Yes, even the lord is humble enough to seek blessings from elderly and wise. As it was scientifically wrong for the newlyweds to scale the hill for six months, the lord was unable to immediately return to the Tirumala mountain-temple. At this situation the sage Agastya suggested that Swamy Venkateswara along with his wife could stay at his humble ashram. The Lord graciously accepted this request and blessed with the ashram with his presence for the entire six months.
About the temple history, this is no substantial indication about its construction. It is believed that the ancient was ruined in 1324, during the reign of Sultans. As per the inscriptions on the temple, it is said that the grandson of Sri Annamacharya, Sri Tallapaka Chinna Tirumala Acharya had renovated this temple during 16th Century. It was maintained by the Tallapaka Family over a long period of time. Later it came under the administration of Archaeological Department, Government of India. Finally in 1967, it came under the control of TTD.
Significance of Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple
- Considered next to only Tirupati Balaji Temple, Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Temple is considered as an alternative to those devotees who are unable to visit the Balaji Temple on the Tirumala Hills. It is also visited by many newly-wed couples who come here to seek the lord’s blessing for a happy married life.
- Sri Rama Temple, Sri Ranganayaka Temple, Sri Padmavathi and Sri Andal Temple are other shrines in this complex. Devotees can also find small shrines including Sri Sakti Vinayaka Swami, Sri Veerabhadra Swami, Sri Avanakshamma, Sri Parasareswara Swami and Sri Agastheeswara Swami.
- According to Vaikhanasa Bhagavat Shasthram Lord Venkateswara’s idol is described as ‘Sthanaka yoga Viraha Murthy’. Sthanaka means Standing, Yoga means this idol is mainly for Rishis who wish to attain Mukthi, Viraha means without Sanka and Chakra. Here Panchamurhty Aradhana is followed which is the best amoung the Temples around world.
- The idol at Srinivasa Mangapuram is consecrated by Srikrishna Devaraya with the help of Vaikhanasa Priests at Tirumala so that He will be always in touch with the Lord Balaji as he is a diehard devotee of him. So it is a Pratista made by Humans. Whereas in the Tirumala Temple Lord Balaji has self manifested himself and it is said that a self manifested idol is more powerful than a Pratistitha idol.
Timings of Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple
- General Darshan timings are from 5:30 a.m to 7:30 p.m.
- The Kalyanotsavam Timing: 11 AM – 12 PM every day.
- Sahasranamarchana takes place at 7:30 a.m.
- Sarvadarshanam takes place throughout the day at regular intervals.
Festivals at Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple
- The premier focus of the Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy temple is the “Kalyana Utsavam” every day.
- The “Bramhostav” held during the months of February and March. On this occasion the Lord Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy ascends on a Simha Vahanam (Lion Carrier Ratham) to be a drawn-along with the devotees.
How to Reach Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple
- By road: it is 12km from Tirupati. Local buses and autos are available making the journey easier.
Hotels nearby Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple
- Hotel Fortune Select Grand Ridge is one of Tirupati’s five star hotels located at the intersection of Chennai-Bangalore highway, on the Tiruchanoor road. This hotel is located just beside Shilparamam Theme Park..
- Situated at a distance of 17 km from Tirupati Airport, KVP Residency provides ample car parking space. Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vaari Temple is situated at a distance of 25 km from the place.
Places to visit nearby Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple
- Kanipakum Temple:- You may visit one of the most important Vinayaka temple in south India, located at a distance of 86 KM from the Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple.
- Tirumala Venkateshwara Swamy Temple:- Is located at a distance of 12 KM. These are connected with frequent buses at a frequency of 10 minutes. Or you can reach through private vehicles.
- Srikalahasti Temple:- Is located a distance of 60 KM. This distance could be covered under one and half hours with a private vehicle or taxi cab.