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265/365 – Mantralayam

Mantralaya is a town in Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh, India. It lies on the banks of the Tungabhadra river on the border with neighbouring Karnataka state. It is also called as Manchale.

This town is noted for the holy presence of the Vrindavana 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.

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.

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 mutt to get his blessings.

The Manchalamma’s shrine is located on the left of the SRS 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.

In October 2009 due to heavy floods in Tungabhadra River, the complete village and Vridavanam were Submerged in water. All the people were safe.

However many devotees and volunteers had volunteered to reconstruct the affected sites in the temple and the town and the temple was restored to its original beauty.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantralayam

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