--> Skip to main content

Temples To Visit In And Around Mantralayam

The temple town of Mantralayam is surrounded by important temples and devotees who come to have darshan of the Brindavana of Guru Raghavendra Swamy at Mantralayam make it a point to visit these temples. Some of the important temples include Srisailam, Mahanandi, Tirupati, Ele Bichchale, Panchamukhi and Gorkallu.

Pilgrims visiting Mantralayam first pay a visit to Swami Mallikarjuna temple at Srisailam where one of the Jyotirlingas is worshipped (one among 12 important Shiva temples in India). They then travel through the thick Nallamala forest to reach the Mahanandi village which houses the ancient Mahanandishvara temple and the famous nine temples of Shiva – Mahanandi, Shivanandi, Vinayaka Nandi, Somanandi, Prathama Nandi, Garuda Nandi, Suryanandi, Krishnanandi and Naganandi.

Later many devotees go to Tirupati, have darshan of Sri Venkateswara Swamy and finally come to Mantralayam to pay their obeisance to the Brindavana of Sri Raghavendra Swamy.

The Manchalamma temple is located within the premises of the mutt. Goddess Manchalamma is the gramadevata or village deity of Manchala (the previous name of Mantralayam). It is a practice to pray to the deity before going to the Brindavana to worship Guru Raghavendra swamy. The same murti of Manchalamma was worshiped by Prahlada in Satya Yuga.

Devotees then visit Ele Bichchale village on the banks of Tungabhadra River, a great devotee of Guru Raghavendra Swamy, who composed the Sri Raghavendra Swamy Stotra, had consecrated a Mrithika Brindavana here. It is also in this village that Sri Raghavendra did penance on the Japada Katte.

The famous Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple is located a kilometer away from Ele Bichchale and Hanuman gave darshan to Guru Raghavendra Swamy here when he did penance on a hillock here.

A famous temple of Sri Venkateswara Swamy is located at Gorkallu village, which is 40 km from Mantralayam. Unlike other murtis of Bhagavan Balaji, the one at Gorkallu is in sitting posture. A specialty of the temple is that rays of the sun fall at the feet of the murti after sunrise.