Importance of visiting the Goddess at Thiruchanuru – Sri Padmavati Devi
There is a strong belief among the pilgrims that they should pave visit to Padmavathi and seek Her divine blessings before they visit Lord Venkateswara during their pilgrimage.
Names of this place
Tirukkadavuru – Alarmel Mangapuram – Alamelu Mangapuram – Tiruchanuru – Tiruchchokinuru – Tirusu Kanuru – Vadirajapuram – Mangapatnam – such are the many names of this place.
The presiding deity is Padmavathi Devi called as Alamelu Manga.
Birth of Padmavathi
Akasharaja grew up to be a handsome and wise prince. He married Dharanidevi.
The royal couple was sad because they had no children. A king called Akasa Raju saw the valley between the Seshachalam Mountains and Mallayapalli hills and the plains below into which holy waters of the river Swarnamukhi flowed.
He wished to perform a sacrifice here for progeny. On the advice of priest, Akasharaja decided to perform a yagna. When the sacrificial ground was ploughed, the couple found a lovely girl in a thousand petal lotus.
A divine voice urged the king to bring up the child with love and care. The child was named Padamavati as she was found in a lotus (Padma). As he tilled the land, a thousand petaled lotus flowers emerged from it. The king found a female child in the lotus. Since she was found in a lotus flower- padmam- she was named Padmavati. The deity at Tiruchanuru is also called Padmavati.
Puranas hail that Srinivasa did penance for 12 years because of which Sri Mahalakshmi was born in the golden lotus. That is the reason for which this tank is known as Padmasarovaram. On its bank stands the temple of Surya built by The God Venkateswara Himself.
Why Padmavathi is not with Lord in Tirumala
The legends about the deity Alamelumanga are innumerable indeed.
When the newlyweds reached Tirumala the God asked his consort to look around for vepa and Karivepaku (Neem and Curry leaf) trees.
When she could not find any, he told her to fetch at least a karivepaku plant if not neem.
Mother got angry, she went in search of it, reached Alimelu Mangapuram and decided remains there. Was not the Padma tank the place where she was born? When she did not turn up Lord Srinivasa did not ask her to return, nor did she go back.
However, sometime in the middle of the night, Lord comes to Alipiri, dons footwear in the Padala Mantapam, goes to enquire about her well being and while returning leaves his footwear at Alipiri again and reaches Tirumala for the Suprabhata Seva which is the service performed early in the morning.
How many times, he makes these trips is not known, but the footwear is worn out.
Vakshasthala Vyuha Lakshmi
The Goddess Alamelumanga whom they praised is the Vakshasthala Vyuha Lakshmi i.e. the goddess who resides in the heart of Sri Venkateswara. Now Goddess Padmavathi is being considered as Vira Lakshmi.
It became imperative to spread the message that whether she is called Goddess Padmavathi Devi or Alamelu Manga – both refer to but one and the same Goddess to dispel doubts in the minds of pilgrims, and to worship her.
Hence, the god of Tirumala customarily sends turmeric, kumkuma, and silk clothes as presents honoring the Goddess of Tiruchanur on the occasion of Panchami Theertham in the month of Kartika (Tirthavari).
When Padmavathi grew up, Lord Venkateshwara came in search of her.
The celestial marriage of Lord Srinivasa and Goddess Padmavathi took place on a grand note.
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Festivals / Utsavams
Every year Brahmotsavas in the month of Karthika, Vasantotsavam, Pavitrotsavam, Sri Pushpsyagam, Plavotsavam, Varalakshmi Vratam etc, at other times are celebrated in the temple of Goddess Padmavathi Tayaru.
Plavotsavam: During the Plavotsavam all 3 gods are taken on boat ride on consecutive days. On the first day it is Lord Krishna, on the second day it is Sundararaja Swami and for the rest of the three days it is Goddess Padmavathi who goes on a boat ride.
Vasantotsavam: During Vasantotsavam festival of spring, the Goddess is taken out in the golden chariot.
Navaratri festival is also celebrated in the temple. On Gokulashtami special worship is offered to Balarama and Krishna.
Avatarotsava are celebrated for 3 days to Sundararaja swami. In Yogimallavaram there is an ancient temple where God Parasareswara Swami is worshipped as per the traditions. There are a total of eleven stone inscriptions in this temple.
List of Festivals
- Navarathri Festival(Dasara)
- Kartheeka Brahmotsavam
- Float festival