Who is Guru Raghavendra?
Guru Raghavendra (1595-1671), is a great Indian saint whose
followers number in the millions. The saint, an exponent of the
Dwaita School, is particularly revered by the Madhwa sect of
Photo by : Raghavendra Vishnu on SRI
RAGHAVENDRA SWAMY JAYANTY March 12, 2011
Mantralyam is a Hindu
religious place where the Moola Bridavanam of Sri Guru Raghavendra
Swamy is located. Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy, (1601-1671), was an
influential saint in Hinduism. He advocated Vaishnavism (i.e.
worship of Vishnu as the supreme God.) and Dvaita philosophy
advocated by Sri Madhwacharya. He is considered to be a
reincarnation of Prahallada, the devotee who was saved by Vishnu, in
his avatar of Narasimha. Shri Raghavendra Swamy is said to have
performed many miracles during his lifetime and is believed to
continue to bless his devotees to this day and will continue to do
The town is located in
Karnataka border of Andhra Pradesh on the southern bank of
Tungabhadra river. Majority of people here are conversant with both
Telugu and Kannada languages. You can also find people speaking
How to Visit Mantralayam ?
Mantralayam is around
250 km from Hyderabad, the journey from Hyderabad takes about 6-8
hours by road. It takes about 10 Hours by road from Bangalore.
If you are driving from
Hyderabad, you need to take the NH7 - the highway to Bangalore and
take a diversion at Jadcherla. Various state roads will take you to
Mahboobnagar and Raichur in Karnataka.
Mantralayam is around
600 km from Chennai. It can be reached through the route of Chittor.
It is around 650 km from Mangalore. By road, one can take private
buses from Mangalore to Bellary and from Bellary one can get ample
number of KSRTC buses to Mantralayam. The journey takes almost 15
The nearest rail head
is Mantralayam Road. It lies on the Mumbai-Bangalore,
Delhi-Bangalore and the Mumbai-Chennai train routes. Regular rail
service is available for this route. Apparently, many trains like
Karnataka Express, Rajdhani, etc. stop at Mantralayam Road to refill
water, even though the station is not on their official list of
stops. Mantralayam is a techical stop for all long distance trains
going through the the Mumbai-chennai, Mumbai-chennai, and all
towards the down south routes . Trains stop there to fill up water,
since The station is jst near the tungabhadra river, This is the
only source of fresh drinking water on the entire 900km route. Even
if the train doesnt have a scheduled passenger stop, but it has to
stop for refilling there water for passenger compartments. It a
There is one train that
goes from Hyderabad Deccan station to Mantralayam Road en route
Tirupati. Mantralayam Road is about 16 km away from Mantralayam. You
can travel to Mantralayam from Mantralayam Road station by private
Jeeps, taxis, autorickshaws or public bus. Approximate cost of
travel per person is Rs.50 for private transport and Rs.10 for
The place is small enough to be covered on foot. If you drive into
the temple complex, there is a charge of Rs. 15 for parking. The
collection of parking charges is inconsistenly done, however.
Rickshaws are available all over the place.
Sri Raghavendra Swamy Temple
Raghavendra Swamy temple,
6 AM-8AM, 10AM-2PM, 4PM-8PM.
The temple and "Mutt" complex is the main
attraction here, but most people here are believers, not sightseers.
If you go in the evening on special occasions ( of course it is a
regular event around 8.00 PM) , you can see chariots carrying the
deity being drawn around the temple and the temple elephants paying
obeisance to the deity. It is quite a spectacular sight. There are
three chariots, one plated in gold, the other in silver and the
third in sandalwood. Behind the temple the Tungabhadra river flows,
which is also worth seeing.
is a must to wear dhoti for gents and indian attire like sari,
salwar kameez for ladies to enter the sanctum if you want to go near
to the Brindavan or do aarthi on your own.
Before entering the sanctum sanctorium of
mutt, you are advised to take a bath (or atleast wash your feet) on
the banks of Tungabhadra river (or at the tap in front of the mutt).
Have the darshan of Manchalamma, the godess who blessed the place
for Shri Raghavendra Swamy's Vrindavanam. Then, you need to enter
the sanctum of mutt through the queue complex in front of mutt. If
you are lucky enough and there's no rush for the darshan, you can
enter the sanctum directly (ofcourse, you have to bear with queue of
smaller length). After the darshan, you can quietly move around the
sanctum chanting the stotras of Sri Raghavendra Swamy or simply
chant OM Sri Raghavendraya Namaha.
If you are offering sevas exceeding Rs.
50/-, you are required to assemble in the seva hall on the right
side of the sanctum before 8.00 am. Hence you are required to
purchase the seva tickets the previous day. Please note that the
seva timings might vary or sevas might be cancelled on auspicious
days like Rama Navami, Madhva Navami, Aradhana days and on the days
of eclipse. Parimala prasadams are unique kind of prasadams prepared
and offered to deity in Mantralayam only which are available in the
counters outside the sanctum.
Mass feeding of meals takes place in a
large dining hall on the left side of the sanctum during afternoons.
During nights you can purchase food items like puliogare, pongal
from Annadaata counter in front of the mutt by paying a small
A new scheme is introduced with the
offerings from one of the devotees. During night(sometime after
8PM), ouside the temple, they provide two differnet rice items(rice
bath, curd rice) which each plate of rice costs @ Rs2/- only. The
quantity as well as the taste is also good. Two plates will be
sufficient for one member.
Places in Mantralayam
Good food is available easily and at affordable places. Please
take care, as the cleanliness is missing on various eating places.
- Hotel Pannaga, +91-8512- 279460.
MTR Fast Food Opposite to Temple (front
view) is good. especially for Breakfast & Dinner
- Sri Udipi Krishna Hotel on the main road.
Lodges & Hotels in Mantralayam
Lodges & Hotels are
available in Mantralayam easily but it is always better to book in
advance especially if visiting during weekends, Thursday and public
holidays. Devasthanam (Temple authorities) is providing Cottages (
Rs: 200 to 750) those who are performing special sevas or it can be
booked in advance.
Sri Guru Sarva
Bhouma Lodge, Mantralayam Office - 08512-279898
Lodge, +91 8512 279446,+91-9440591707.
Holiday Home .
A decent lodge
lodge +91-(0)8512-255461 AC and non-AC deluxe rooms
A/C and Non-A/C rooms available at reasonable rates. +91 8512
280077 , +91-9885247362, +91- 9885247216
Residency for AC and non-AC deluxe rooms call us at
+91 8512 279594.
Theertha Nilayam - Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt +91 8512 280071,
09440591611, For Ac rooms for Rs: 750 +.
Twenty kilometers away across the state line in Raichur is a
temple called Panchamukha that commemorates the spot where
Raghavendra is said to have meditated for twelve years before Sri
Its a must visit place near mantralaya.
Lawrence built Raghavendra temple on 7 acres of land.
Choreographer-Director- Actor lawrence raghavendra is a true devotee
of Lord Raghavendra. Many in film industry don’t spare time to
praise their trusted god after reaching the success mark. Contrary
to all of them, lawrence raghavendra has built a wonderful temple
for Lord Raghavendra on outskirts of Chennai on an area of 7 acres
of land. Speaking about this temple, lawrence raghavendra said that,
it was his dream to build a temple for Raghavendra Swamy and it is
fulfilled now. Temple is opened on 1st January 2010 and lawrence
raghavendra has taken care that he hasn’t invited any cinema related
personalities to this temple opening ceremony as it would divert the
attention of the devotees.