Mantralayam Railway Station
It is the place where the great Saint SRI RAGAVENDRA SWAMY'S brindavan
(Samadhi) is present. Mantralayam is located 90 km from kurnool
district and nearly 256 km from Hyderabad. It is connected by trains
from most parts of the country and the railway station is named as
"Mantralayam Road". The temple is 15 kms from the station. You can
commute to the temple by hired jeeps and auto's present at the
Mantralayam Central Reception Office
Mantralayam has a "Central Reception Office" which can be contacted
for booking of rooms and for getting updated information about the
place. Their are other hotels and restaurants in the vicinity where
you stay; but if you are looking for cheep rooms with good facilities
then I suggest you to contact this office and they help you in booking
Road towards temple
The Road which leads
to the temple is awesome; the whole stretch is decorated with plants
and trees on both sides. It gives you the atmosphere of “PRAYER”
It also has a small deer park on one side of
the road near the temple.
Deer's in park
Raghavendra Statue in front of temple.
This is the main entrance to the temple.
Temple will be
opened from 6 AM-8 AM, 9.30 AM - 11.30 AM, 12 PM - 2.30 PM, 4.30 PM -
7.30 PM, 9.30 PM - 10.30.
Temple's Main Prahara Gopuram
dharshan is a sacred place; to seek the dharshan of “Raghavendra
Swami” the gents should go bear body with minimal clothes. No Shirts
or banians are allowed. While you stand in the queue, announcement
would be made about this rule and it needs to be followed religiously.
If you are not following the rule then you would not be allowed inside
Devotees standing in queue to see swami's
They have nearly 10
different sevas performed to swamiji. The costliest being the “Gold
chariot seva" which costs Rs.5000 and cheapest will cost you around
Rs.200. These sava tickets can be bought from any one of two seva
counters, present outside & inside the temple. All devotees who have
purchased the seva tickets should assemble in a big hall which seems
to be newly build. Different sign boards are placed for each sevas and
devotees are asked to sit accordingly.
Temple elephant carrying swami's idol
On right hand side of
the temple Sri Manchalamma temple is present.
Devotees sitting for
food inside annadhana mandapam
Thungabhadra river banks near the temple
is situated on the banks of the Thungabhadra in the extreme north of
Many shops are there
in the surroundings of the temple selling swami photos, swami idols
Lord Shiva temple on the banks of Tungabhadra
Small temple near the
banks of Tungabhadra river
The Wooden chapel used by Raghavendra Swami
The Wooden chapel used
by Raghavendra Swami is still being preserved by current generation
families of his trusted shisyas. Now its been preserved by three
families where each one will keep in their house for a year
alternatively. Their houses are near the Perumal temple
Foot print of Lord Hanuman
"Gathai" a weapon used by Hanuman.
Last years Hanuman's pair of shoe.
Every year in this
temple new pair of shoes will be offered to Hanuman. But at the end of
the year, these shoes will get worn out as if it was used by Hanuman
and people here believe the same.