***Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple ***Legend/Purana of the Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple***
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
Legend/Purana of the
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
Once the entitled Maharshi Bhrigu came to visit at Vaikunth to see Lord Vishnu. At the time, the Maharshi entered the Vaikunth, the Lord Mahavishnu was sound asleep. The Maharshi took this as a direct insult and avenged this self-assumed offense with a kick to the chest of Lord Vishnu. The awakened Lord Mahavishu graciously accepted his fault, and afterwards paid proper homage to Maharishi. But the Goddess Lakshmi was a silent spectator to the entire affair. Unable to carry the burden of witnessing the abuse of the Lord Vishnu at the hands of Maharshi Bhrigu, Goddess Lakshmi alighted from Vaikunth, seeking penance in a humble location at Earth near Swarnamukhi river.
After 12 years of hard tapas, she emerged from the Golden Lotus on the 13th year on Panchami day during the last fortnight of Karteeka month. At this time the bright Uttarashadha Nakshatra was shining towards the earth. Here the Goddess Lakshmi was reincarnated as a Divine Child, capturing the King Akashraja who took here as a daughter and naming her after the Lotus as Sri Padmavathi.
At this time, Lord Maha Vishnu also alighted downwards the Earth, seeking Goddess Maha Lakshmi. As Mahavishnu’s Lord Vekateswara Avatar, he was able to find and marry Sri Padmavathi.From Tirpurati, the Alamelu Mangapuram temple is situated at a comparatively close-by distance of 5 KM. The temple is devoted to the Goddess Padmavathi, the consort of Sri Venkateswara Swamy. Here the Goddess prevails at the glory of the marriage attire of being united to Sri Venkateswara Swamy. This temple is also manifested in the significance of femininity in the Hindu tradition. It is also a shrine of love between the Lord Mahavishu and Goddess Lakshmi. The temple city of Tirupati, is known for its many temples and compelling architecture. But among these the Sri Tiruchanoor Alamelu Mangapuram temple needs to be compulsorily visited and paid homage, as the Tirupati Darshan gains total fruition only through the blessings from Goddess Padmavathi.
Timings: 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Distance: 5 kms from Tirupati RTC Bus stand 5.5 Kms from Tirupati Railway station
At Alamelu Mangapuram, you can witness important celebrations throughout the year. Some of them are famous Devi festivals while some are special occasions dedicated to the Purna of Alamelu Mangapuram temple.
During the Navarathri Festival (Dussehra), the Alamelu Mangapuram temple also takes part in the nationwide celebration of good over Evil.
At the Kartheeka month festival, the Lord presents precious gifts to his beloved. During this time the lord sends costly sari, blouse piece, holy tulsi, turmeric leaves and exquisite delicacies offering birthday presents to the Goddess Padmavathi atop a splendidly decorated Elephant. This is followed with a celebrated procession in an ivory palanquin for a holy bath in Padma Sarovar.
The Theppotsavam (boat festival) is an important celebration, which occurs in the five days during the month of Jyeshtha month (June month).
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple and Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple are historically interconnected and conditional on each other. During the festival of Vasanthotsavam, we devotee's celebrate this with the procession atop the golden chariot during the 2nd day of the festival.
The festival of Sri Padmavathi Parinayam is held during Navami, Dasami and Ekadasi in the month of Vaisaka month. During the three-day festival, the majestically decorated idol of Sri Malayappa Swamy of Lord Venkateswara, arrives in grand style on the Gaja vahanam, Aswa vahanam and Garuda Vahanam on the three consecutive days.
Nearby Places to visit
At a close proximity to the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, you can plan and align your Alamelu Mangapuram temple with a number of other temples. Among them here are a few obligatory visits for a true devotee.
Srinivasa Mangapuram: These historically two intricately connected temples are located apart at a distance of 14 KM. And the Tirumala Venkateswara Swamy temple is located at a distance of 27 KM. During a day of normal rush, you can comfortably visit the three temples in a single day.