Venkateswara Swami Temple at Dwarapudi Ayyappa Swami Temple, Mandapeta, East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh..
Dwarapudi near Mandapeta in East Godavari district is popular as Andhra Sabarimala where Lord Ayyappa temple was constructed long ago on the lines of Sabarimala. Most of the poor who are not in a position to afford to take up the pilgrimage to Sabarimala during “maala dharana” in Karthika masam visit this place.
Now, in the Ayyappa temple complex, Dwarapudi Dasavatara Kalyana Venkateswara Swami temple has been constructed and it has the potential to become the third most popular temple of Lord Venkateswara Swami or Balaji. After Tirumala, the second most popular Balaji temple is situated in West Godavari, at Dwaraka Tirumala and is popularly known as “chinna Tirupati”.
The consecration (vigraha prana prathista) of main deities of Dasavatara Kalyana Venkateswra Swami was held on Wednesday from early hours by “Dwivedi” Jada Jagadeeswara Sarma of Visakhapatnam, Aagama Sastra experts from TTD Sri Chamarti Jaggappalacharyulu, Chamarti Srinivasacharyulu, Jada Suryanarayana Sarma and Guruswamy S.L. Kanakaraju along with 101 Vedic pandits from different parts of the State.
According to T.V. Krishna Reddy, member of temples committee complex, Kanakaraju is the main person who strived hard to construct this magnificent temple for one pushkaram (12 years). He said that after visiting ISKCON temple in Bangalore, it was decided to construct the temple on the same lines. He explained that this three-storied temple is having so many specialties including, golden plates, different colours of glasses, Rs.4.50 crore worth “diamond crown” with gold and navaratnas, idols of Viswaroopa, Yamadharmaraja, different avataras of Lord Maha Vishnu including Viswaroopa with marble from Rajasthan, Addala mandapam, Kalyana mandapam, and Dhyana mandiram.
Courtesy – The Hindu.