Shree Raghavendraswamy Temple
Andhra Pradesh , Kurnool
Located at Mantralayam, Kurnool, Raghavendraswamy Temple is a famous pilgimage centre dedicated to Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy. Guru is considered to be a reincarnation of Prahallada. The temple and "Mutt" complex is the main attraction in Mantralayam. Near the entrance of the temple, there is a small shrine of Manchalamma, a form of Goddess Parvati.
According to the legends, the temple is noted for the holy presence of the Vrindavana (sacred burial) of Guru Raghavendra Swami, a Madhwa saint and follower of Sri Madhwacharya. The Guru attained Samadhi in 1671 AD. People believe that Guru Raghavendra Swami will be in the Vrindavana alive for another 700 years thus blessing the devotees.
The main shrine is situated in a large building inside the temple complex. The building has large verandah inside with administrative blocks and Samadhi temple at the center of the building. The main shrine has large hall with queue lines and inner sanctum housing Brundavan of Guru Raghavendra.Picture Courtesy: commons.wikimedia.org
Timings : The temple is open from 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM and from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Male devotees have to wear dhoti and for females it is indian attire like sari, salwar kameez to enter the sanctum if they want to perform pooja themselves.
Andhra Pradesh has a rich and diverse culture. Andhra Pradesh is definitely a priceless gem present in the tiara of Indian glory. The uniqueness of this state is distinctly observed from its diverse religions and communities followed by Andhra people.An affinity for different cultures and a rare open-mindedness cultivated by a rich history allows for a harmonious way of life in the City of Nawabs.
Sri Raghavendra Swamy Matha, Mantralayam, Andhra Pradesh 518345
Raghavendraswamy Temple is well connected by rail and road. The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation operates bus services from Mantralayam bus station. Cab services are also available.
Temple serves free meals as Prasadam to all devotees visiting Mantralaya. Devotees should offer prayers at the Manchalamma Temple before visiting the Samadhi Temple.
Devotees can offer pooja by themselves at the sanctum.
On special occasions, chariots carrying the diety is drawn around the temple.
Maharathostavam / Car Festival (Aug/Sep)
Sri Raghavendra Swamy Aradhanostavam (Aug)