Mantralaya is one of
the important pilgrimage centers in South India as it houses the
original samadhi of the great Vaishnava saint Sri Raghavendra. Sri
Ragahavendra selected Mantralaya for his Jeeva Samadhi. Devotees
visit Mantralaya to have the darshan of the Brindavan of Sri
Raghavendra. The mutt is situated on the banks of river Tungabhadra
in the state of Andhra Pradesh bordering Karnataka.
Reaching Mantralaya: It is easily accessible by
train as it on the Chennai /Bangalore – Mumbai line. Almost all
train stops at Mantralaya Road station which is just 12 Kms from the
Mutt. For those coming from Mumbai, Mumbai – Chennai Express
starting from Mumbai at 2 PM is most convenient as it reaches
Mantralaya by 4 AM. Bangaloreans can reach Mantralaya by Udyan
Express. KSTDC also runs a conducted tour covering Mantralaya and
Various Buses ply
from Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad etc. It is 595 Km from
Madras and 690 km from Mumbai and around 360 Km from Hyderabad. It
has many tourist facilities for pilgrims to stay. It is situated on
the banks of river Thungabadhra. It can also be reached by train. It
is on the train route between Mumbai-Madras , Delhi-Banglore ,
Hyderbad-Tirupathi. The station name is "Mantralayam Road", it is 16
Kms 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.4 for Public Bus.
Sevas at Mantralaya : For sevas, you need to make a
booking at the temple office by 8 AM. Most popular is the Sankalpa
Seva. Aradhana at Mantralaya is very popular and numerous devotes
reach Mantralaya at the time of Aradhana. Poorna Aradhana for the
year 2007 is on 29th August.
Temple also serves free meals as Prasadam to all devotees visiting
Accommodation :Temple has several guest houses
which are provided to devotees for nominal fee. You can find teh
availability at central booking office at the road junction near the
Mutt. Rooms are clean and well maintained and available for a
nominal fee. Advance booking is possible for the newly constructed
100 rooms guest house and AC rooms
Generally, the temple is
open between 06:00 and 14:00 and 16:00 to 21:00 (IST). Few years
back the golden chariot was added and is an splendor to watch it
come round the prahara. Silver and Ordinary Chariots are also there
and is a divine feeling to watch it roll round the temple's prahara.
The Mutt also has accommodation available at low costs kindly contact
the mutt Manager for reservations and check out the Room Rates Links
too. The Mutt also serves one meal between 11-3 pm (as Prasadam)
free everyday (except Ekadasi). However if you would prefer
luxurious stay with Cable Tv and other facilities kindly check out
the links page for other hotels. We wish you the best, for your
visit to Mantralayam! For any queries contact the webmaster about
suggested travel plans.
Please remember that Mobile phones don't work in mantralayam and
mantralayam is also well connected by phones, however you cannot
make direct international calls through IDD, you can make
international calls only by trunk call booking for an additional
charge. There is also an internet parlour started recently near
Hotel Guru Brindavan, which could be used to check personal
emails (however remember the connection speed is very very slow).
Most People in Mantralayam speak Kannada, Telugu, and Hindi , but
English and Tamil are spoken very rarely by people.
Mantralaya Temple Timings :
06-00 AM to 14:00 PM
16:00 PM to 21:00 PM
Meal Timing :
11:00 AM to 15:00 PM
Contact Address :
Mantralaya, Shri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt, Mantralayam, AP. PH :
08512-279429 / 59.
Shri Vijayendra Swamigal Mutt, Kumbakonam. PH : 0435-2425448.
Contact Numbers in Mantralayam :
|Taxi Near Mantralayam Railway
||9885464840 / 08512 - 279831
|Nava Brindhavanam : Meals /
|Badha Ramacharya Bichali
||09885853864 - 09885761787
|Badha Ramacharya Bichali
||040 - 65942410