Tiruchanoor Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple is one of the famous temples that are located around Tirumala Tirupati. It is the second most visited temple after the Main temple in Tirupati.
Tiruchanoor, also known as Alamelumangapuram, is about 5 km from Tirupati. The temple of Sri Padmavathi Devi, the consort of Lord Sri Venkateswara is situated here. It is said that a visit to Tirumala is fruitful only after visiting the Sri Padmavathi Devi temple.
You may wonder why Sri Padmavathi Devi’s temple is away from Lord Sri Venkateswara’s. Legend has it that the Lord (Sri Maha Vishnu, who later took on the incarnation of Sri Venkateswara) showed his reverence towards the sage, Bhrigu Maharshi, even though the sage had insulted Vishnu by kicking Him on the chest.
In anger, Sri Maha Lakshmi (the Lord’s consort) reached Patala Loka, where she heard a divine voice stating that a pushkarini was dug on the banks of the river Swarnamukhi, and here She immersed herself in penance for 12 years.
In the 13th year (during the month of Karteeka, on Panchami day in the last fortnight, highlighted by the nakshathram Uttarashadha), Sri Padmavathi emerged from a golden lotus. It is believed that Goddess MahaLakshmi herself emerged as Sri Padmavathi.
Temple Programme and Sevas
Sub-temples in its premises are :
1. Sri Krishnaswamy Temple
2. Sri Sundara Rajaswamivari Temple
3. Sri Suryanarayana Swamivari Temple
1. Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple:
- Navarathri Festival(Dasara)
- Kartheeka Brahmotsavam
- Float festaival
2. Sri Sundara Rajaswamivari Temple:
- Avatharotsavam for 3 days.