Some useful instructions
and directions for devotees who are visiting Mantralayam
A popular Devara Nama (Hymn) says that God will not be pleased
without us getting into the company of His sincere devotees. This
means that to please God, we have to accord importance to His
devotees. It is universally acknowledged that Sri Raghavendra
Swamy or Rayaru is one of the greatest devotees of Lord Narayana.
The administration of the Sri Raghavendra Swamy Matham has
dedicated itself to the service of Rayaru and his devotees. In
order to make the pilgrimage that devotees undertake to Mantralaya
very meaningful and spiritually worthwhile, the following 18
guidelines have been developed. If devotees adhere to these
guidelines then the hard work put in by the administration would
have been worthwhile and have reached Rayaru.
Before beginning the
pilgrimage to Mantralaya:
Please pray to your family deity.
Please spend some time and effort
analysing your objectives and goals for the trip, and plan
Please give up smoking, drinking
(alcohol) and other bad habits well in advance of your trip. If
this is totally impossible, then make an effort to at least give
them up while you are in Mantralaya.
After you come to
Please reside in the houses,
cottages, guest-houses set up by the Matha for the benefit of
Please observe and respect the
traditions and rituals followed by the Matha.
Please take a bath in the holy
Tungabhadra river and visit Manchalamma’s temple before entering
the premises of the Matha.
Please cooperate with the
authorities and other volunteers of the Matha who may be in Madi.
Please remember that like you, they are also devotees of Rayaru,
who are serving him in their own way and that their special form
of service requires them to be in Madi.
Before having darshana of the
Brindavana, perform pradikshane in the courtyard silently, as
much as you can.
When you are in the queue for having
darshana, do not push or shove others in the queue. Please await
your turn with patience and move with the flow. Everybody in the
queue is a devotee like you, and everybody is as anxious as you
are to obtain the darshana. Please remember that having dharma
darshana (free viewing) by going through the queue patiently is
the most meritorious thing you can do. Hence do not approach
somebody for jumping the queue, or for doing something that will
get you out of turn darshana quickly. Remember that getting
darshana out of turn means committing injustice to the people
who came much earlier than you and are patiently waiting their
turn. Such acts will not please Rayaru.
When you are approaching the
Brindavana please do not shout or cause any form of commotion.
Keeping your voice low, you may recite the shlokas you know. Or,
if you do not know any shloka, just chant with devotion “Sri
While having the darshana of Rayaru
it is totally inappropriate to wear different types of headgear,
cooling glasses or weird types of clothes.
In order to obtain the darshana of
Rayaru, men should remove their shirt and banian and hold it in
their hands.Women should dress in Indian style clothes,
preferably in a traditional dress like a saree.
Women should not perform Urulu Seva
(a form of Seva in which a devotee performs pradakshine around
the courtyard while rolling on his body). Women should also not
perform sashtanga namaskara (where the whole body touches the
floor); they should perform namaskara by kneeling down on their
Please do not bring in external
eatables and eat them in the courtyard. If you are partaking a
coconut offered as naivedya, please do not leave the shell of
the coconut in the courtyard.
If you have resolved to perform a
certain Seva to Rayaru (Sankalpa Seva), it is best to do this
Seva early in the morning, between 5 and 7 AM.
When returning from
Mantralayam or after returning from Mantralayam:
Please place the mantrakshate given
in Mantralaya on to your head and pray for your success of your
Make a genuine effort to practice
whatever good thoughts, ideas, practices were adopted by you in
the divine presence of Rayaru.