During our Tirupati visit, we visited Alamelumangapuram to get the blessings of goddess Padmavathi…
Since it was a Friday, auspicious, it was too crowded. As per my brother’s advice, we took kumkum archana tickets for all.
This temple is very old & well maintained like thirumala Balaji temple. As soon as we entered, we get the spritual & content feeling.
The queue was a little long…. we waited for more than an hour to get our dharshan. Since it was kumkum ticket, we were allowed to enter the sanctum santorium & made to sit in front of the deity. Then, we were made to touch the kumkum bowl and the archaka did the kumkum archana on behalf of us.
The few minutes we sit in front of the deity is all ours. The deity is very much visible, you can have a good dharshan & pray to her peacefully by hearing the archakas chanting her name. After that dharshan, we felt very happy & blissfull.
After the dharshan, when we came out of the temple, we had the chance to have the dharshan of utsav deity being carried back to the temple. A group of ladies dancing kolattam (like dhandiya) in front of her and musician were playing nadaswaram and miruthangam.
Alamelu mangapuram (Tiruchanoor) is the Home of Goddess Sri Padmavati Devi, situated 20 mins from Tirupati Town, This Temple is devoted to Sri Padmavati Devi, the consort of Lord Venkateswara, This ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Padmavati draws a large number of pilgrims every day. The Goddess, is known as Alamelu Manga in Telugu.
Sthala Puranam says, Sri Padmavati is the heavenly consort of Lord Venkateswara Swamy. As Goddess Padmavati, a symptom of Goddess Mahalakshmi had appreaad from Padama mean lotus plant in the pond. Goddess Padmavati was found from the lotus pond and raised by Akasha Raja and later saw and married by Lord Venkateshwara.
Poet Sri Annamacharya, was a great devotee of Sri Alamelu Mangamma. And most of his Kirtanas were either inspired or centers around and glorifying Padmawathi Thayar.
Since we stayed two days in Thiruppathi, we had a chsnce to visit other wonderful temples like, ‘Kothanda Ramar’ temple, ‘Govindharaja Perumal’ temple, ‘Iskcon’ ‘ Kabila Theertham’ ‘Srinivasapuram’, ‘Japali Hanuman’ temple etc…
By gods grace, our trip was wonderful. Wish every one can get a chance to visit Thirupathi and blessed by Lord Balaji and Alamelu Manga Thayar.