The Tungabhadra River is a holy river that emerges from Karnataka and flows through Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. During the Treta Yuga, this sacred Tungabhadra River was called as River Pampa, and Lord Rama had stayed nearby this River and took rest for some time.
According to ancient legend, after killing of the demon Hiranyaksha, Lord Varaha Swamy took rest for some time on a holy mountain.During that time, due to tiredness sweat began to pour from his body, and it becomes the present day Tungabhadra River.There are lot of holy places on the banks of River Tungabhadra, like Sringeri, Sarada Peetham which was founded by Shankara, and Nava Brindavana, the Samadhi of nine pious Madhva saints is located near the TungaBhadra River. And also in the banks of the holy Tungabhadra, Manthralayam Sree Raghavendra Swamy Mutt is situated and it is located in Kurnool District at Andhra Pradesh. In India, there are lot of holy rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, Narmada, Tungabhadra and Kaveri.
Among those holy rivers, Tungabhadra River contains spiritual significance, since near the banks of the holy river the holy Madhwa saints Brindavanams are located. Whoever visits Mantralayam must definitely visit and worship the holy Tungabhadra River, and they must also take bath in the sacred river. With regard to its sanctity, Tungabhadra is also considered similar to the Holy River Ganga. Since it was formed by Lord Varaha, and since it is located in Mantralayam, Vaishnavites and Madhwas used to frequently visit this holy river.
As per legend, it is also believed that at the present location of the Mantralayam Temple, the great Prahlada had performed Yagna nearby the banks of Tungabhadra River. Due to the presence of the great Saint Guru Raghavendra, the holy mother Tungabhadra is joyfully flowing and raising small waves, and creating happiness in the minds of the devotees of Guru Raghavendra.
“OM MA TUNGABADRA NAMAHA”