Mantralayam Manchale is a village in Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh. Mantralayam lies on the banks of the Tungabhadra river on the border with neighbouring Karnataka state. This town is noted for the holy presence of the Vrindavana (sacred burial) of Guru Raghavendra Swami, a Madhwa saint and follower of Sri Madhwacharya. It is believed that Guru Raghavendra Swami is in the Vrindavana from the past 339 years and is believed to be in the Vrindavana for another 361 years. While entering the Vrindavana, Guru Raghavendra Swami stated that he would be there (in the Vrindavana) for 700 years.
Manchalamma is the presiding deity of the Manchale village and one has to offer prayers to Manchalamma first before they enter Sri Raghavendra Swamiji's(SRS) mutt to get his blessings. The Manchalamma's shrine is located on the left of the main mutt and both are on the banks of River Tunghabadra.
Sri.Appanacharya was the prime student of Swamiji. Swamiji stayed with Sri. Appanacharya in Bikshalaya aka Bichali for 13 years. This place is also located on the banks of River Tunghabadra and it is 20 km from Mantralayam.
The nearest railway station is Mantralaya Road, 16 kilometres away. This station is on the Guntakal - Raichur railway route. There are frequent bus services from Adoni, Yemmiganur, Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh and from Raichur and Bellary in Karnataka,Mantralaya is about 53 km fron Adoni,24 km fron Yemmiganur,100 km from Kurnool and 250 km from the state capital Hyderabad, 35 km from Raichur and 120 km from Bellary.
Lakhs of devotees come here to have a glimpse of the Brindavana or Vrindavana every year.
There are hotels around the mutt and getting accommodation is not difficult. Summers are hot here and winter season is pleasant. Winter mornings may be very chilly. In October 2009 due to heavy floods in Tungabhadra River, the complete village and Vridavanam were Submerged in water. Devotees, volunteers and Government agencies volunteered to reconstruct the affected sites in the temple and the town and the temple was restored to its original beauty.
Sri Raghavendra Swamy Matha
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Sangameswara Temple, Kurnool
Shri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt, Kurnool
Shri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt(Rayara Math, Kumbakonam Math, Vibhudendra Math, Dakshinadi Mutt, Vijayendra Math) is one of the three premier Dvaita Vedanta monasteries (matha) descended from Madhvacharya through Vibudhendra Tirtha (a disciple of Ramchandra Tirtha) and their disciples based in Mantralayam. Raghavendra Matha is located on the bank of Tungabhadra River in Mantralayam in Adoni taluk of Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh.
Raghavendra Math, along with Uttaradi Math and Vyasaraja Math are considered to be the three premier apostolic institutions of Dvaita Vedanta and are jointly referred as Mathatraya. It is the pontiffs and pandits of the Mathatraya that have been the principle architects of post-Madhva Dvaita Vedanta through the centuries.
Panchamukhi Anjaneya Temple, Mantralayam
At a distance of 20 Kms from Mantralayam, Panchamukhi Anjaneya Temple is situated at Panchamukhi in Karnataka, on the other side of River Tungabhadra.
The Hanuman deity at Panchamukhi Anjaneya Swamy Temple is seen here with five faces. The Lord here is self manifested or Swayambhu and is seen in a sitting posture, which is rare. Apart from Lord Hanuman, one can find the idols of Lord Venkateshwara Swami with His consort Maha Lakshmi and Lord Venkateshwara in Kurma Avatara (boar form) are seen here. Sri Hari, Kurma Avatar and the Brindavan of Sri Raghavendra Swamy in the temple. Panchamukhi is said to be the place where Raghavendra Swamy has performed meditation for 12 years before settling in Mantralaya. This is an important pilgrimage site for devotees visiting Mantralayam.
It is said that Panchamukha Anjaneya, Kolhapur Mahalakshmi, Lord Venkateswara and Lord Vishnu as Varaha appeared to Raghavendra Swamy at this location after his meditation. This famous five headed Anjaneya Temple is situated on a hillock and is very ancient. The idol of the Hanuman is believed to be self incarnated on a huge rock. The cave temple is surrounded by unique rock formations. There is a 'bed and pillow' formation besides a 'vimanam' formed naturally by rocks. Near the 'dwaja stambam' there is a stone mace which it is said belonging to Sri Hanuman. Beside the mace is a small shrine for 'paduka' of Sri Hanuman where a pair of footwear is kept.
This place attracts large crowd during special days and Hanuman Jayanthi. Several devotees who visit Mantralayam pay a visit to the Hanuman temple here. Few shops near the temple sell food & drinks. It is customary to visit this temple also while visiting the panchamukhi temple - it is believed that the pilgrimage is not complete without visiting Yarakalamma.
The temple is opened for all seven days of the week. Panchamukhi Anjaneya Temple can be visited during timings 6:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM. The temple draws a huge number of tourists and devotees, especially on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Manchalamma Temple, Mantralayam
Manchalamma Temple is located close to the Raghavendra Swamy Mutt at Mantralayam. Ma Manchalamma is another form of Ma Shakti Devi. It is a common practice, that before worshipping our holy Guru Sri Raghavendra Swamigal, at his Samadhi shrine, we must have to first worship Ma Manchalamma, in order to seek her blessings.
She is the chief deity of Mantralayam, and after getting her permission and blessings only, Guru Raghavendra had entered into the Samadhi Shrine of Mantralayam. Guru Raghavendra had chanted various Mantras, and meditated on her, and due to that, Ma Manchalamma had appeared before him, and blessed him for his noble acts, and asked him to peacefully stay nearby her temple. The other name for Mantralayam is Manchali, and still some people used to mention the Mantralayam Town as Manchali.