Narayanavanam – Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Temple

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NARAYANAVANAM

Narayanavaram or Narayanavanam is the sacred residence of Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy and Goddess Padmavatidevi. This is the very holy place where Lord Srinivasa married Padmavati, the daughter of Akasaraja.

Narayanavanam is a sacred place which is at a distance of 34 kilometres from the temple of Lord Srinivasa who is hailed as the visible God and lies on the Tirupati Chennai route, within five kilometres of Puttur. The original name was Narayana Puram. When Lord Srinivasa came to the forest for hunting, saw Padmavati playing with her friends, fell in love with her and married her here, and so the place came to be called ‘Narayanapuram’. As it was Sri Narayana himself who incarnated as a bridegroom to marry Padmavati here, the place is known even today as ‘Narayanavaram’.

The greatness and glorious facts about this place is given in detail in Sri Venkatachala Mahatmyam. Akasaraja built this temple. The temple which had suffered decay was rebuilt in 1245 AD. by the then ruler of the area, Narasimhadeva Yadavaraya (1205-1245).          It is said that Penugonda Veerappa – I rebuilt the temple of Sri Kalyana Venkateswara in Narayanavanam in 1541-42. In 25.3.43 renovation was undertaken and completed by SurajmalKarva, the manager of the principality of Alwar Veera (Rajasthan).
On 29h April, 1967, this temple came under the aegis Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam.

SRI KALYANA VENKATESWARA SWAMI

Here the presiding icon is Sri Kalyana Venkateswara. He grants all our wishes. The Lord is seen facing east. Lakshmi is seen residing on his bosom. A Dasavatara band adorns his waist. A garland of salagramas adorns his shoulders as also the Conch and the Discus. His hand carries a hunting sword.

GODDESS PADMAVATIDEVI

When Akasaraja was tiling the earth for performing a sacrifice, he found a box. In it, there was a girl child on a lotus. So she came to be known as Padmini and Padmavati. In the Skandha Purana she is known as Padmini; in Bhavishyottara Purana, she is called Padmavati. She is also called Padmavati. Here the goddess is in a separate temple. The vimana of the temple is known as Vishnuchandravimana. The temple is located to the south west of the main temple. Near to the main entrance of the temple, you get darsana of Saraswati to your right and Kamadhenu and Kalpavriksha on the left.

Goddess Padmavati is seated on a lotus, has four shoulders and faces east. According to VenkatachalaPurana, Vedavati was born as Padmavati. The temple is encircled by a pathway for circumambulation and that has another circle outside for performing Mahapradakshina too. To the Northwest is the temple of Andalamma (Goda Devi). The northern gate is opened every year on Vaikuntadwadasi day.

KODANDARAMASWAMI, ANGANATHASWAMI

This temple is located in the Northeast direction, there are icons of Sri Ranganathaswami and Sri Kodandaramaswami. In the mandapa nearby are the icons of Vishwaksena, TirukkachchiNambi, TirumangaiAlwar and Manavala Mamunigal.

The temple of Kalyana Venkateswaraswami faces east. When you cross two massive thresholds and enter, one finds on both sides mandapas for keeping vahanas, On the southeast direction is the temple kitchen. If we go southwards from there, you can see a huge mandapa where the twelve Alwars give darshan.

In front of the main temple, a huge dwajasthambha can be seen. It is completely sheathed in brass. To its front is the balipeeta. Close to it is the Garuda mandapam in which Garudalwar is seen facing the sanctum of the Lord.

TEMPLE SPIRES

The main Rajagopura of the temple was built by Emperor Krishnadeva Raya. It has seven tiers and looks beautiful as it rises to a height of 150 feet. The second gopura was built by
Veeranarasimha Devayadavaraya. This has three tiers and is topped by kalasas. The temple has balipeetas in all the four corners.

PANCHABERA

Bera means an image or icon. The five Beras are in this temple. The icons of Andalamma (Goda Devi) and Bhaktha Anjaneya also give soulfyl darshan here.

FESTIVALS

In this temple weekly, monthly and annual festivals are being celebrated according to the
Vaikhanasa Agama. They follow the solar calendar The sankalpam is also done according to the solar calendar. Daily there is Suprabhataseva for the Lord. In the same manner archana and Ekantaseva are performed. Abhishekam is performed on Fridays. Kalyanotsavam (Arjita), Teppotsavam Brahmotsavam and Pavithrotsavam are celebrated in a big way.

Facing the main temple is the temple for Anjaneya. To its south is the temple of God Parasaresvara. On the way to Chitrangi fort, we see first the temple of God Virabhadraswami. At the entrance of Chitrangi fort, we can have darshar of the Sakthi Ganapati temple.

TEMPLE OF SRIAGASTHYESVARASWAM

Thus is an ancient temple which is very famous. Padmavati who met Srinivasa in the pleasure garden fell in love with him. When her parents enquired with fortune tellers, they said performing abhisheka to Agasthyeswaraswami would result in auspicious tidings. Then Akasaraja performed abhisheka and puja for Agasthyeswara in this temple. This has been recorded in the Srivenkatachalamahatmyam in SkandaPurana. It is said that this Agasthyeswaraswami was the household deity of Akasaraja. On the left bank of Aruna river we have the important temple of Avanakshamma. She is the village deity Adiparadhakti herself has incarnated as this deity. She gives wonderful darshan with eight shoulders. She is the image of Shakti.

STHALAPURANA

On the command of Brahma, Kalikadevi appeared as svayanbhu in the fort of Akasharaja. It is a small image. Sage Agasthya named her Ammayaakshi. ‘Ammayam’ means ‘Vedam’. ‘Akshi’ means eyes. Ammayakshi means ‘One who has the Vedas as her eyes’. She is also called Avinasini. In course of time, Ammayakshi became Amannakshi. Her image is beautiful and gives benign darshan. Her crown shows the flamesof Agni, in the middle of the crown is the skull of a rakshasa, the sun and moon on both sides of the crown, The goddess is blazingly beautiful with eight shoulders. AdiSankara who had darshan of this beautiful temple has installed Sri Chakra on Tamrapatra here.

OTHER TEMPLES

1) Sri Parashareshwara Swami temple
2) Sri Virabhadra Swami temple
3) Sri Shakti Vinayaka Swami temple
4) Sri Agasthishwara Swami temple
5) Sri Avanakshamma temple

Navaratri festival is also celebrated at the Sri Avanakshamma temple every year. Giri Pradakshina (Konda Chuttu Thirunallu) is one of the important festivals conducted during the end of Sankranti, once a year, with the utsava murthis of Sri Parashareshwara Swami and Sri Champakavalli Ammavaru, and Sri Agastheeshwara Swami and Sri Markathavalli Ammavaru.

The other festivals conducted here are Andal Neeratotsavam, Panguni Uttarotsavam, Vara Lakshmi Vratham, and Float festival, Anivara Asthanam, Ratha Sapthami, Ugadi Asthanam, Srirama Navami, Chaitra Pournami, and Periodical Sevas.

 

Distance:

It is located at 36KM from Tirupati Bus Stand

How To Reach:

  • Bus
  • Cab

 

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