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Mannarpolur Temple – Where Sri Krishna is worshipped along with Jambavati

Mannarpolur Temple, also known as Azhagu Mallari Krishnaswami Temple, is an ancient shrine located at Mannarpolur 3 km west of Sullurpeta in Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh. Located on the banks of Kalindi River, the 10th century shrine is associated with the famous Syamantaka Mani incident in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. Sri Krishna is worshipped along with Jambavathi as his consort and this makes the temple unique.

Legend has it that the fight for Syamantaka Mani between Sri Krishna took place here.

In the main sanctum sanctorum, Bhagavan Sri Krishna is worshipped along with Satyabhama and Jambavati. The dwarapalakas of the main sanctum sanctorum are Sugriva and Jambhavan.

Just outside the main sanctum sanctorum, there is a murti of Lord Venkateswara.

There is a separate shrine dedicated to Rukmini who is worshipped here as Sundaravalli Thayar.

There is a very important subsidiary shrine dedicated to Sri Rama, Sita and Lakshmana along Hanuman.

There are two dwajasthambams (flag posts) and two balipeetams in the shrine, one in front of the main shrine and other in front of the shrine of Bhagavan Sri Ram.

There is a huge murti of Garuda in the shrine, which is nearly 9 feet high.

A big murti of Jambhavan can also be seen in the temple complex.

There is a separate shrine dedicated to Sri Ramanujacharya in the temple complex.

The shrine is a classic example of shrines made during the Chola period. There is a Rajagopuram and mandapam.