Raghavendra Swamy Temple, Mantralayam

Sri Raghavendra swami turned into born as Venkatanatha inside the town of Bhuvanagiri, Tamil Nadu into a Deshastha Madhva Brahmin own family of musicians and students.His incredible-grandfather Krishnabhatta became a train to Vijayanagara king Krishnadeva Raya, his grandfather changed into Kanakacalabhatta and his father Thimanna Bhatta became an done pupil and musician. After the fall of Vijayanagara empire, Timmanacharya migrated to Kanchi along with his spouse Gopikamba. Venkatanatha had two siblings: Gururaja and Venkatamba. Venkatanatha’s education was undertaken by his brother-in-law Lakshminarasimhacharya at Madurai, after the early loss of life of his father, and he became sooner or later married.

In keeping with Raghavendra Vijaya, his triumph in debates at Thanjavur attracted the attention of Sudhindra Tirtha, the erstwhile pontiff of Kumbakonam mutt. Even though to begin with unsure approximately the possibility of renunciation, Venkatanatha relented to Sri Sudhindra Swamy’s needs and become ordained as a monk in 1621. After the dying of Sri Sudhindra Tirtha in 1623, Venkatanatha succeeded him because the pontiff of the mutt and took on the name Sri Raghavendra Tirtha. He undertook a pilgrimage journeying locations which include Udupi, Kolhapur and Bijapur.He received grants from Dodda Kempadevaraja and settled down inside the village of Mantralayam, which become offered to him through the Governor of Adoni. He died in 1671 and his mortal stays are enshrined in Mantralayam. Traditional money owed record that Sri Raghavendra swamy asked his tomb (Brindavana) to be built round him as he entered into a nation of samadhi. He turned into succeeded via his disciple Yogeendra Tirtha.In 1801, whilst serving because the Collector of Bellary, Thomas Munro is thought to have stumble upon an apparition of Sri Raghavendra swamy.

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How to reach

  • By Road: Regular bus service is available from all the major South Indian cities such as Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Tirupati, and Bellary.
  • By Train: The Mantralayam Road is the nearest railway station to the Raghavendra Swamy Temple. It is about 12 kilometers from Mantralaya. It lies on the railway route of Mumbai-Chennai, Delhi-Bangalore, and Hyderabad-Tirupati. It takes about an hour to reach the Mantralayam Temple from the railway station. Private Cabs, Auto Rickshaws, Vans, and Buses are available at the railway station, which can take you directly to the shrine.
  • By Air: The Hyderabad Airport is nearest to the temple at a distance of 236 kilometers from Mantralayam. Once you disembark the flight, you can rent cabs for reaching the temple.
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How to reach

  • Nearest airport is Tirupati(Renugunta)
  • Nearest railway station is Mantralayam Road
  • Nearest bus stations are Tirupati, and Bellary
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