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Exploring the Holy Town of Mantralayam
Learning about Mantralayam
The holy town of Mantralayam is located on the shores of Tungabhadra River, in Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool district. Also known by the name of Manchale, the town is a major pilgrimage center for the people of the Vaishnavite sect as it houses the Samadhi of the prominent Vaishnav saint Shri Raghavendra Swamy. The town of Mantralayam held great religious significance even in the ancient times, as it is believed to be the place where King Prahalada worshipped Lord Rama, by performing various yagnyas here during the Dwapara Yuga. It is also believed that Shri Raghavendra Swamy himself was an incarnation of Bhakt Prahalada, the legendary devotee of Lord Vishnu.

Some Renwoned Temples of Mantralayam
Kowthalam:  For the followers of the Vaishnavite saint, Sri Raghavendra Teertha, Kowthalam is a pilgrimage centre of great importance. Located nearly 30 kms away from Mantralayam, the place is famous for housing the temple of Shri Raghavendra Swamy. This temple, built during the era of the famous Vaishnavite Guru Jagannatha Dasaru is renowned for featuring the Ek Shila Brindhavana, constructed according to the wishes of Sri Raghavendhra Teertha himself.

Samadhi Temple: This temple is situated inside Mantralayam Mutt complex, on the banks of Tungabhadra River. The temple is also famous by the names of Moola Bridavanam or Raghvendra Swamy Brindavana and is frequented by both the devotees of Shri Raghavendra Swamy and common Vaishnavites. It is held in great reverence for being the place where Sri Raghavendra Teertha took Jeeva Samadhi in 1671. It is believed that the temple will remain the abode of this holy saint up to 700 years from the date of Jeeva Samadhi.

Panchamukhi Anjaneya Swamy Temple: This temple is located at a distance of nearly 23 kms from the town of Mantralayam, on the top of a rocky ground close to Bichchali. The temple is dedicated to Lord Anjaneya, a form of Hanumana having five heads, each of which symbolizes Varaha, Garuda, Hanuman, Narasimha and Hayagreeva.  According to local legend, Shri Raghavendra Swamy worshipped the self manifested message of Sri Panchamukhi Anjaneya Swamy. It is also said that Shri Raghavendra Swamy was a great devotee of Lord Hanuman and worshipped him for twelve years, before the Lord visited him in the form of Panchamukhi Anjaneya.

Urukunda: The place is renowned for housing the well-known Sri Lakshmi-Narasimha Erranna Temple, and is located nearly 30 kms away from Mnatralayam.  What makes the Urukunda Temple unique is the self-manifested statue of Sri Lakshmi-Narasimha Erranna Swamy, which is placed underneath a Banyan Tree.

Manchalamma Temple: This is well-known temple located in the vicinity of the Samadhi Temple, within the Mantralayam Mutt complex.  The temple is dedicated to Goddess Manchlamma, who is also the main deity of Mantralayam Village. According to local legend, Sri Raghavendra Swamy appealed to Manchalamma to grant him land for the ‘Bridavana’, which she acceded to and since then it is a tradition amongst the devotees to first offer prayers at this temple before proceeding to the Samadhi temple.   

Bichchali: This pilgrimage center located nearly 20 kms away from the town of Mantralayam, is also famous by the name of Bikshalaya. The place is situated on the shores of the River Tungabhadra and is famous for being the site where the renowned Sri Appannachar, who was the favored disciple of Shri Raghavendra Teertha, did meditation. The place also features the house of Sri Appannachar, where Sri Raghavendra Teerthais believed to have resided with his favorite disciple for the duration of thirteen years. Both the meditation point and the abode of Sri Appannachar are prominent pilgrimage sites amongst the devotees of Shri Raghavendra Teertha.


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