- Sri Venkateswaraswamy Aalayam
much-visited and zealously adored Venkataramanaswamy temple of
Tirumalagiri shares many striking resemblances with the temple of
Tirumala Balaji, occupying the highest place in the temple map of
any religion for that matter. To begin with, he is dwelling atop a
hill of modest altitude; secondly, the archamurti is claimed to be
the Swayamvyakta like that of Tirupathi Balaji; thirdly, there is no
Deve ri in the garbhagriha as at Tirumala; fourthly, there is a
separate well-built temple for Mother Mahalakshmi in Mangollu also
called Mangaprolu as it is with Balaji having a big shrine for
Mahalakshmi at Mangapuram.
such unique features this holy Vaishnava kshetra is luring a steady
stream of devotees throughout the year. Its past too is quite
exciting. According to sthalapurana, Bharadwaj maharshi,
propitiating Lord Mahavishnu did penance in the Tretayuga for long.
When that Greatest appeared to fulfill this desire, he earnestly
prayed that the Lord must dwell here on the hill for ever. Granting
his request, he is here staying in the form of Venkateswara since
then. So the hill is called Tirumalagiri and the village the village
too bearing the same name. Another awe-some feature of this hill
temple is, there is a pond here resembling human foot and it is
believed that the Lord pressed a boulder here with his left foot
which instantly formed into a Konvru-pond. Hence sanctity.
annual festivals, like Kalyanotsav, Krishnaashtami and Devinavaratri
celebrations are the star-attractions, when people in lakhs
congregate to offer special prayer services to the Lord. It is
popularly known as mini-Tirupati in this parts.
lies 5 km Jaggayyapet of Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh
commanding train and bus facilities round the clock.