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Tiruchanur, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India



Goddess Padmavathi is the main deity of the Tiruchanur temple. Goddess Padmavathi is an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. In this temple Goddess is facing East direction. Godesses 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.


Another idols of temple courtyard lord Suryanarayana, Sri Krishna Swamy, Sri Sundararajaswamy. Lord Suryanarayana deity of this temple is believed to installed by Lord Venkateswara. It is traditional to first worship Sri Krishna and then to take darshan of Sri Padmavati.

Interesting Facts

  • In Padmasarovaram (Koneru), Chakra snanam will be held on last day of annual Padmavathi Brahmotsavams (Panchami teertham) which will witness lakhs of devotees taking a dip in the holy waters.

Best Season To Visit

The best season to visit Tirupati is Winter season. The best months to visit are September to February.


Highest - March to July (42 °C during day and 20 °C during night)Average - May (40 °C during day and 20 °C during night)Lowest - November to February (27 °C during day and 18 °C during night)Monsoon season - August to November

Dress Code

  • For men the dress code is Shirt & Trouser, Dhoti or Pyjamas with upper cloth.
  • For women the preferred dress code is saree or half-saree with blouse or chudidhar with pyjama and upper cloth.
  • Shorts, mini-skirts, middies, sleeveless tops, low-waist jeans and short-length T-shirts are not allowed.

Do's & Dont's

  • Do bathe and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do respect ancient customs and co-piligrims while at temple.
  • Don't buy any pooja samagri particularly coconut because you are not allowed to break them inside the temple.
  • Chewing betel leaves, tobacco, gutka and spitting inside temple is strictly prohibited.
  • Don't wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats is not allowed in the temple

transport connections

Name Distance Contact Number
2 KM 0877-2289907
Tirupati Railway Station
5.5 KM 0877-2225810
Tirupati International Airport
15 KM 0877-2275354


Sri Padmavathi ammavari temple is an East facing temple. Sri Padmavathi ammavari temple is also known as Alamelu Mangapuram temple. Godesses is believed to have come on a golden colour lotus flower, hence the name denoting Alar - Lotus, Mel - Top, Manga - Goddess and Puram. Sri Padmavathi ammavari temple is built in Dravidian style of architecture. Sri Padmavathi ammavari temple has a 5 tier Gopuram with 7 kalasas on top.

Dwajasthambham - The Gaja vahanam is embossed on the bottom and Shanku Chakras facing South and Goddess Padmavati facing North on Dwajastambha. The celestial Gaja flag on the temple mast flies on this pillar during the annual brahmotsavams and is lowered after the event.

Shanti Nilayam - A Seven kalasha with Gold cover rests on the Gopuram above the sanctum of Goddess Padmavati and is called Shanti Nilayam, facing the Tirumala hill shrine of Sri Venkateswara Swamy. It also accommodates a sparkling idol of Vimana Lakshmi as well akin to Ananda Nilaya Vimana Venkateswara Swamy in Tirumala temple.

The walls of the temple, ceilings and dome are intricately carved with stone word. An inscription in the Padmavati temple tells you in detail about the history of Tiruchanur. Originally there was a temple in Tiruchanur that was dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. It was difficult for the priests to perform all the religious rituals because of space shortage. So they decided to carry out the activities elsewhere and only two important ceremonies were performed here. Later even this became difficult and so the place of worship was shifted. The place eventually lost all its significance.

Ashirwada Mandapam - This is a 16-pillared mandapam on a 4 feet high platform. Now it is seat of Bhajantri mela and also a platform for VIPs to get blessings and Prasada from archakas.

Dwajastambha Mandapam - It is a unique architectural marvel with 36 pillars in six rows with Bangaru Balipeetham. After serving Nivedana three times to Goddess Padmavati, Shraddhannam is served to Bhutaganas on the balipeetham.

Kalyanotsava Mandapam - To the south of Dwajastambha mandapam and in front of Sri Sundararaja Swamy temple, Kalyanotsavam is performed for Goddess Padmavati and Lord Venkateswara.

Mukha Mandapam - A four pillared mandapam on a high platform and covered by grill opposite to main temple is where Asthanam and other rituals are conducted.

Archana Mandapam - Adjacent to Mukha mandapam this Archana mandapam is located to south of sanctum to whose North face lies the Panchaloha idols of Sudarshana and Viswaksena. The granite idols of Garuda and Viswaksena are installed. There is also a granite and Panchaloha idol of Sri Ramanujacharya.

Antharala Mandapam - After Archana mandapam, the Antaralam mandapam which is guarded by Vanamalini and Balakini at the door like Jaya and Vijaya in Tirumala.

Pushkarini - Temple tank known as Padmasarovaram, it is believed that Goddess Padmavathi manifested in this tank in Golden Lotus flower (Padmam) on ‘Sukla Paksha Panchami’ day in the Kartheeka masam.

Religious Significance

The Padma Purana gives a vivid description of the advent of the Goddess and subsequent wedding with Lord Srinivasa. Sri Padmavathi was the daughter of Akasha Raja of Thondamandalam, who was found in a lotus, when he performed a great yagna. Since she was found in a lotus, she was named Padmavathi and was married to Lord Venkateswara.

According to a legend, Pundarika, a Brahmin who dedicated himself to the religion and followed the duties as per the shastras, couldn’t have a son till he was 50 years old. When his son was born, he named him Madhava, whom he raised with utmost care, teaching him intricacies of religion and spirituality. Madhava was then married to an equally religious woman, but he got deviated and went with another woman. After her death, unable to bear his loss, he wandered around and eventually joined a group of pilgrims on their way to Tirumala. As he took bath in the holy waters of Sudarshana Lake, and climbed the hills, his sins were washed. It was here that he heard a celestial instruction to bathe in Swami Pushkarini and seek Lord Varaha Swamy blessings. Later, Madhava was born again as Akasharaja as a son of King Mitravarman of Thondamandalam. However, even after years of his marriage to Dharanidevi, they didn’t have any children. In order to have kids, Akasharaja decided to perform a yagna. When the ground was being ploughed for the same purpose, Akasharaja and his wife Dharanidevi found a child on a lotus flower with thousand petals. This child was named Padmavati, in whose search Lord Venkateshwara down to earth. Eventually Lord Srinivasa and Goddess Padmavathi were married.

According to another legend associated with Godesses Padmavathi, Maharishi Bhrigu came to meet Lord Vishnu at Vaikuntam. However, when he entered Lord was asleep, which angered him as he took it as an insult owing to which he kicked the Lord on his chest, which awakened the Lord. Lord Vishnu, instead of getting angry, paid his sincere homage to the sage. Goddess Lakshmi, who was witnessing all this, couldn’t fathom the insult Lord Vishnu in the hands of Maharishi. Owing to this, she went to Patalokam, in search of atonement on the banks of Swarnamukhi River. Later after 12 years in penance, on the 13th year, she emerged as Sri Padmavati on a Golden Lotus on the auspicious day of Panchami in the month of Karthika, aligned with the arrival Uttarashadha Nakshatra. By this time, Lord Vishnu, in the search of Goddess Lakshmi, had come down to earth. As Lord Venkateswara he later married Goddess Padmavathi.


According to the local believers, Tiruchanur was centre for spiritual and religious activities. From the beginning of 9h Century A.D. a large number of Vaishnavaits came and settled in Tiruchanur. Though the Vaishnavaits known about the Tirumala temple in the 9h Century A.D. they could not reach Tirumala for lack of facilities and they used to worship the Lord at Tiruchanur. The Tiruchanur temple flourished till the end of the 9h Century A.D. In the end of 9th Century A.D. Tondamandalam came under the control of Cholas. Tirumala and Tiruchanur were under the part of Tondamandalam. The Cholas favored Saivism. With the influence of Cholas the powerful Vaishnava place of Tiruchanur turned into Saivism.

During Chola and Yadava Dynasitles : To the west of Thiruchanur (the present Yogi Mallavaram) the Cholas built a Sivalayam i.e. the present Sri Parasareswara Swamy Temple. The Cholas power came to an end in the middle of 13th Century A.D. when Jatavarma Sundera Pandya occupied Tondamandalam. Later the Yadava dynasty came to power and controlled the place of Tiruchanur. During their period they built Sri Krishna Swamy Temple in Tiruchanur.

During Vijayanagar Period :  Vijąyanagara kingdom was founded in the year 1336 A.D. and soon Tiruchanur came under their rule. During the Vijayanagara Rule the temples of Tirumala and Tiruchanur reached the glory and became famous attractions. The Vijayanagara Kings constructed Sri Padmavathi Devi Temple Mukhamandapam. Afterwards the power came to the hands of Britishers. The Britishers handed over the temple administration of Tirumala to the Hathiramji Mutt. The Head of the Hathiramji Mutt took the charge on 16 July 1843 and the Mutt heads continued the administration till 1933. During their period they developed Thiruchanur temple. At present the Thiruchanur is under the administrative control of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. Recently temple Pushkarini was renovated in 2013.

Temple Timings

Day Timings
All Days 05:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Friday 03:00 AM - 09:00 PM

Darshanam Details

Darshanam Price Estimated Time Entrance From
Special Entry 20.00
V.I.P Darshan 100.00


All Days
05:00 - 06:30
1 Hr 30 Mins
25.00/ Person
05:00 - 06:30
1 Hr 30 Mins
Padmavathi Parinayam (Kalyanotsavam)
All Days
10:30 - 11:30
1 Hr 30 Mins
500.00/ Person
Unjala Seva
All Days
17:00 - 18:00
1 Hr 30 Mins
116.00/ Person
All Days
10:00 - 11:00
1 Hr 30 Mins


All Days
05:00 - 05:30
1 Hr 30 Mins
300.00/ Person
Vara Lakshmi Vratham
05:00 - 06:30
1 Hr 30 Mins
500.00/ Person
10:30 - 11:30
1 Hr 30 Mins
1500.00/ Person
Laksha Kumkumachana (Ankurarpana Day of Brahmotsavams)
17:00 - 18:00
1 Hr 30 Mins
1116.00/ Person



Airport Name Distance
Shamshabad 40 KM
Lorem Ipsum 12 KM

Railway Stations

Railway Station Name Distance
Secunderabad 10 KM
Nampally 12 KM
Begumpet 6 KM
Lingampally 20 KM

Bus Stations

Bus Station Name Distance
kukatpally 20 KM
Lingampally 30 KM
Uppal 35 KM

Private Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Private Transport 8 KM 9546858757
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Local Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Local Transport 5 KM 9546858757
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