In Tiruchanur, 5-km from
Tirupati , is
this large temple dedicated to goddess Padmavati, the consort of Lord
Venkateswara or Venkateshwara (Balaji). It also known as "Alamelumangapuram"
and it is said that a visit to Tirumala is fruitful only after visiting
the Sri Padmavati Devi temple.
The deity, Sri Padmavati Devi is seated in 'Padmasana', holding a lotus in both of her upper hands. Her lower hands are in poses of 'Abhaya', fearlessness, and 'Varada', benediction. Also in this temple are the Deities of Sri Krishna, Balarama, 'Sundararaja Swami', and 'Surya-Narayana Swami'. It is traditional to first worship Sri Krishna and then to take darshan of Sri Padmavati. Only Hindus are allowed in the temple.
Sri Padmavati Devi's though being wife of Lord Venkateshwara her temple is away from Lord Sri Venkateswara's, as according to the legend, the Lord Sri Maha Vishnu, who later took on the incarnation of Sri Venkateswara, showed his reverence towards the sage, 'Bhrigu Maharishi', 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 Sri Padmavati emerged from a golden lotus. It is believed that Goddess Maha Lakshmi herself emerged as Sri Padmavati.
Time Of The Festivity
Once a year there is a large festival that celebrates the marriage of Lord Venkateswara to Padmavati Devi. Padmavati Devi arrives at Tirumala on the back of a splendid elephant decorated with 'Tilaka' of solid gold as Lord Sri Venkateswara comes out to meet her. The main festival, 'Brahmotsavam', is in Nov/Dec. The ninth day of this festival is the appearance day of Sri Padmavati.
Air: The nearest airport is at
Rail: Tirupati is the nearest railway station. There are trains that travel via Renigunta or Gudur, but do not touch Tirupati. In such cases, Renigunta (just 10-km from Tirupati) or Gudur (100-km from Tirupati), are convenient points to alight. From Renigunta/Gudur, one can reach Tirupati by train, bus, or taxi.
Road: APSRTC buses run from all the important places in the state and between Tirupati. Tourists can hire taxis, autos, rickshawas from Tirupati to visit this place.
One can stay at the hotels in Tirupati.