- Chaturbhuja Kesavaswamy Aalayam
is one of the Panchakesava aalayas said to have been built by Mandavya mahamuni
in the bygone past. According to the legend - it is on the bank of the sacred
pond lying to the east of town. Mandavya did penance for long, and lived there
after the accomplishment of his desire. So it was aptly called Mandavya kshetra,
which in course of time became Mandapaka. Ifhe Kesavaswamy Alayam is built in
the Dravidian architectural style with several mini-mandirs for parivaiadevathas
etc. The Mulavirat Chaturbhuja Kesavaswamy made of granite is installed on five
foot high dias and he is holding in his hands panchajanya, lotus, Sudaesana
chakra and koumodaki. It is the same image installed by Mandavya mahamuni, says
the purohit with beaming face. It is in sthanaka posture buffeted by Sridevi and
Bhudevi on his sides. There are the images of the august Sanakasanandas in
this temple worshipped with great reverence, since such representations are
rare. Of the five famous kshetras dedicated to Kesavaswamy at Duvva, Katalaparru,
Tanuku, and Ryali, this has got greater pull on account of its
association with Mandavya Maharshi.
is regularly visited and agamic worship is offered with due zeal. During Palguna
masa Kalyanotsav and car festival, and special pujas in Karthika and Dhanur
masas are celebrated in grandiose manner that lure thousands of persons.
lies 3 km off Tanuku, the taluq headquarters town of the same name in the West
Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh enjoying transport facilities.