Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thotadri Mangalagiri, Guntur

This place is one of the eight important Mahakshetrams (sacred places) in India. The eight places where Lord Vishnu manifested himself are (1) Sri Rangam (2) Srimushnam (3) Naimisam (4) Pushkaram (5) Salagamdri (6) Thothadri (7) Narayanasramam (8) Venkatadri. According to sayings, Thotadri is the present Mangalagiri.

The temple of Sri Panakala Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy is situated on the hill. Here, jaggery water is offered to the lord by devotees.

In the down hill there is Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy vaari temple. The temple has a very tall Raja Gopuram
 with beautiful sculpture which has 11 stairs. It was constructed by Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu, during the years 1807-09. 

Tourist places around Mangalagiri are,
--- Chinna Jeeyar ashram in Seeta Nagaram, Vundavalli Caves, Bhavani Island, Kanakadurga temple in Vijayawada direction
--- Jain Temple, Uppalapadu Birds sanctuary, Amaravati in Guntur direction.

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