Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, Andhra Pradesh

Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple

The Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple in Alamelumangapuram, situated 5 kilometers away from the main city of Tirumala, is a legendary temple, which holds the fabulous tale of Padmavathi’s birth and her marriage to Venkateswara on its walls. Goddess Padmavathi’s advent to earth is narrated in various sacred texts.

Other legends have it that Akasharaja of Thondamandalam had performed a great yagna and when the sacrificial ground was ploughed, a lovely girl in a lotus was seen there. A celestial voice then advised the king to look after the child with care and love. Owing to her place in a lotus, the girl was named Padamavathi. Lord Venkateshwara then came in search of her and the nuptial knot was tied between them.

The temple that is now present on the same spot was constructed during the reign of Tondaman Chakravarthi. A holy Darshan in this temple before proceeding to Tirupati is a common practice among the devotees.

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