Shri Mantralayam Raghavendra Swamy Temple

Overview of the Matralayam

The shrine of Raghavendra Swamy is located in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, which is around 250 km from Hyderabad and takes 10 hours to reach from Bangalore by road. The Mantralayam is a small and quiet town where the shrine is situated on the banks of the river Tungabhadra while bordering the state of Karnataka. History holds no such records as to who build the Matralayam. Swamy chose the Mantralaya to be his Jeeva Samadhi. And it is believed that he walked into his Samadhi alive, and he is still seated there in the yoga Nidra pose to bless his many devotees who walk into his shrine to pay tribute to him.

Presiding Deity Of The Mutt:

The mutt is Mantralayam Raghavendra Swamy AP, which is dedicated to the worship of the Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy, who lived between the years 1595 to 1671, and was a popular saint and philosopher of Hinduism. He encouraged the teachings of Vaishnavism, which is the worship of Lord Vishnu as the supreme God. He advocated the teachings of Sri Madhwacharya through the philosophy of Dvaita. Guru Raghavendra Swamy was considered as the devotee of Lord Vishnu, Prahallada whom the Lord saved in his incarnation of Narshimha. Before becoming a Swamy, he was a renowned scholar and is known for his Sanskrit and Vedic texts. The Swamy is said to have performed many miracles in his whole lifetime and continue to bless his devotees till the present day.

About The Idol Of Swamy:

The Mantralayam Raghavendra Swamy image is worshipped in the form of an idol, that is situated both in the main temple and at the entrance of the temple. The idol inside the temple is made of gold. And the statue that is mounted at the entrance of the temple is made of white marble.

Other Shrines That Is Present Within The Mutt:

Matralayam mutt complex included the Manchalamma Temple, which is near the Samadhi temple of the Swamy. It is a tradition in the temple that devotees pay their tribute to the Manchalamma Temple and then visit the Samadhi Temple. There is also a Hanuman temple located in the mutt complex. The Swamy was a keen devotee of both Lord Hanuman and Lord Venkateshwara. Sree Mrutyenjaswara Mahalingam or Shiva temple is also located a few lengths away from the main temple.

Rituals Of Worship In The Temple:

The temple is open from 6 in the morning till 2 in the afternoon. And in the evening the temple opens at 4 in the evening and stays open till nine at night. There is a strict rule for the men to wear dhoti without wearing a shirt while offering homage to the Swamy and similarly, the females must wear sari or salwar kameez for worshipping. It is strictly instructed to all devotees to take a bath on the banks of the river Tungabhadra. Meals are distributed on a mass basis in the large hall for dining in the sanctum’s left side during the afternoons.

Special Religious Festival Related To The Mutt:

There are three main dates, which is notable as per the mutt’s calendar and calls for special celebration here. First one is the Phalguna Shukla Sapthami or the Sri Raghavendra Theerthara Jayanthi. On this day Sri Raghavendra swamy, Kaamadhenu, Poojyaaya, Kalpavruksha, Guru Saarvabhouma, Parimalaacharya of the Mutt was born. Secondly is the Phalguna Sukla Bidigi or Dwiteeya. It is the holy day when the supreme Taaraka manthra Raaghavendra took birth. And also on this day Sanyasa Deeksha was taken by Sri Raayaru before he took the throne of Vedanta Saamraajya, which was founded by Saint Sri Madhvaachaarya. The day is also celebrated as Sri Guru Saarvabhoumara Pattabhisheka Dina. Apart from this two, another celebration also takes place Sraavana Bahula Bidigi that is the sacred day when the great saint Sri Raghavendra Swamy made Sajeeva Brundavana Pravesa dated back to 1671 AD. This day is celebrated as Sri Raayara Aaraadhana.

Among these occasions, the Sri Ramayana Aaraadhana is celebrated in a grand manner in the temple. Various religious and cultural events take place during the time of the festivities.

Pilgrimage Site:

Devotees all across the country pay their tribute to the temple all year round as it is an important sacred place for the Hindus situated in South India.

Reaching The Mutt Complex

The place is well connected with all modes of transportation, and you can easily reach the destination whether you are traveling by air, bus or train. So to reach the Mantralayam Raghavendra Swamy timing must be set according to the route chart.

 

  • By Air: Hyderabad Airport is the nearest airport to the Matralayam town.
  • By Rail: Many trains stop at the Matralayam station and the nearest railway station to the town is the Mantralayam Road Station, which is connected with the Madras-Raichur route, about 15kms away from the Matralayam town. Trains like Karnataka Express and Rajdhani Express also stops at the station. There is also another train that goes from Hyderabad Deccan Station to the Matralayam town station via Tirupati.
  • By Road: The temple has the largest connectivity via road. You can take the NH7 highway if you are driving from Hyderabad and can take the turn at Jadchelra. Chennai is about 600 km away from the town and you can avail the Chittor. There are various private bus services like KRSTC and Volvo buses.
    Matralayam road is about 16km from the town and you can avail taxi, jeeps, rickshaw or auto to reach the town.

 

Nearby attractive tourist hotspots available

After the Mantralayam Raghavendra Swamy Darshan, you can go to the town to see other places and temples. And some the places are listed below:

  • Panchamukhi Anjaneya Swamy Temple: The temple is located approximately 20 to 23 km across the river Tungabhadra atop the hill. The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman in the form of Panchamukhi Anjaneya or the five headed incarnation of Lord Hanuman.
  • Bichhali: It is the place along the banks of the river Tungabhadra. The place is famous for its picturesque beauty. The place is famous for the closest disciple of Raghavendra Swamy, Appannachar. Here he used to do his Japa and Pooja.
  • Kowthalam: The famous Haridasa of the Dwaitha community, Sri Guru Jagannatha Dasaru’s native place is Kowthalam.
  • Urukunda: The temple of Narashima Swamy is found in Urukunda. He was a devotee of Lord Vishnu and an influential sage of Hindu religion.

 

History Of The Mutt

The Mantralayam Raghavendra Swamy history holds the fact that it originally houses the Samadhi of the great Vaishnava saint, Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy. He was named as Venkadanathan and was lovingly called Venkanna. He was the disciple of Sudheendra Theertha, and Lord Sri Venkatesh of Tirupati was his family deity. As a disciple is exceeded the expectation of his guru to become one the best religious gurus of those times.

Only after the death his guru, Venkadanathan was termed as Sri Guru Raghavendra Swami. He gained popularity by performing miracles for his devotees and disciples. He also cured many ailments.

In the last few years, a new golden chariot is added in the temple splendor. Previously there was only a silver chariot and a chariot made of sandalwood. These chariots are exhibited in the temple complex during the time of the festivals.