Mantralaya Temples

Mantralyam

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Mantralyam is a Hindu religious place where the Moola Bridavanam of Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy is located. Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy, (1601-1671), was an influential saint in Hinduism. He advocated Vaishnavism (i.e. worship of Vishnu as the supreme God.) and Dvaita philosophy advocated by Sri Madhwacharya. He is considered to be a reincarnation of Prahallada, the devotee who was saved by Vishnu, in his avatar of Narasimha. Shri Raghavendra Swamy is said to have performed many miracles during his lifetime and is believed to continue to bless his devotees to this day.

Mantralayam is around 360 km from Hyderabad, the journey from Hyderabad takes about 6-8 hours by road. It takes about 10 Hours by road from Bangalore.

If you are driving from Hyderabad, you need to take the NH7 - the highway to Bangalore and take a diversion to Jadcherla. Various state roads will take you to Mahboobnagar and Raichur in Karnataka.

The nearest rail head is Mantralayam Road. It lies on the Mumbai-Bangalore, Delhi-Bangalore and the Mumbai-Chennai train routes. Regular rail service is available for this route. There is one train that goes from Hyderabad Deccan station to Mantralayam Road en route Tirupati. Mantralayam Road is about 16 km away from Mantralayam. You can travel to Mantralayam from Mantralayam Road station by private Jeeps, taxis, autorickshaws or public bus. Approximate cost of travel per person is Rs.50 for private transport and Rs.4 for Public Bus

Location info:

Address:Mantralayam is around 360 km from Hyderabad, the journey from Hyderabad takes about 6-8 hours by road.
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Nearest City:Mantralayam Road
Best time to visit: Jan-Dec

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History:

Mantralyam is a Hindu religious place where the Moola Bridavanam of Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy is located. Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy, (1601-1671), was an influential saint in Hinduism. He advocated Vaishnavism (i.e. worship of Vishnu as the supreme God.) and Dvaita philosophy advocated by Sri Madhwacharya. He is considered to be a reincarnation of Prahallada, the devotee who was saved by Vishnu, in his avatar of Narasimha. Shri Raghavendra Swamy is said to have performed many miracles during his lifetime and is believed to continue to bless his devotees to this day.

Interesting things to do:

It is adviceable to wear dhoty for males to enter the sanctum if you want to go near to the Brindavan or do aarthi on your own.

Interesting things to Visit:

Raghavendra Swamy temple, [1]. 6 AM-8AM, 10AM-2PM, 4PM-8PM. The temple and "Mutt" complex is the main attraction here, but most people here are believers, not sightseers. If you go in the evening on special occasions ( of course it is a regular event around 8.00 PM) , you can see chariots carrying the deity being drawn around the temple and the temple elephants paying obeisance to the deity. It is quite a spectacular sight. There are three chariots, one plated in gold, the other in silver and the third in sandalwood. Behind the temple the Tungabhadra river flows, which is also worth seeing.


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How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station:The nearest rail head is Mantralayam Road. It lies on the Mumbai-Bangalore, Delhi-Bangalore and the Mumbai-Chennai train routes. Regular rail service is available for this route. There is one train that goes from Hyderabad Deccan station to Mantralayam Road en route Tirupati.
Nearest Airport:Bangalore
Road Transport:Mantralayam Road is about 16 km away from Mantralayam. You can travel to Mantralayam from Mantralayam Road station by private Jeeps, taxis, autorickshaws or public bus. Approximate cost of travel per person is Rs.50 for private transport and Rs.4 for Public Bus

Nearest Visiting places:

Twenty kilometers away across the state line in Raichur is a temple called Panchamukha that commemorates the spot where Raghavendra is said to have meditated for twelve years before Sri Anjaneya. Its a must visit place near mantralaya.

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Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation:

Lodges & Hotels are available in Mantralayam easily but it is always better to book in advance especially if visiting during weekends, Thursday and public holidays. Devasthanam ( Temple authorities ) is providing Cottages ( Rs: 200 to 750) those who are performing special sevas or it can be booked in advance.

'Hotel Rajeswari lodge' for AC and non-AC deluxe rooms call us at +91-(0)8512-255461
Pavamana Udupi Residency for AC and non-AC deluxe rooms call us at +91-(0)8512-280062.
Prasuna Lodge, +91 8512 279594.
Hare Sreenivasa Lodge, +91 8512 279446, [3].
Pankaja Lodge+91 8512 280077 , 09885247216.
Sri Upendra Theertha Nilayam - Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt +91 8512 280071, 09440591611, For Ac rooms for Rs: 750 +.
Pavana Lodge

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Tips & Suggestions:

The place is small enough to be covered on foot. If you drive into the temple complex, there is a charge of Rs. 15 for parking. The collection of parking charges is inconsistenly done, however. Rickshaws are available all over the place.

Good food is available easily and at affordable places. Please take care, as the cleanliness is missing on various eating places.
Hotel Pannaga, +91-8512- 279460.
Sri Udippi Krishna Hotel on the main road.

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Links:

http://wikitravel.org/en/Mantralaya