Alamelu

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Alamelu.
Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, Alamelu Mangapura

Alamelu also known as Alamelu manga and Padmavati(శ్రీ పద్మావతి అమావారు)[1] (often spelled "Padmavathi" or "Padmavathy"), is a Hindu devi. Believed to be a form of lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of Elemental Prakriti, Alamelu Manga is the consort of Sri Venkateshwara and an incarnation of Goddess Mahalakshmi. The name Padmavati is Sanskrit for "she who emerged from lotus". The most prominent shrine of Padmavathi is Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple situated at Tiruchanur, a suburb of Tirupati City. Tradition dictates that every pilgrim to Tirupati must offer obeisance at this temple before visiting the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple.

Particular devotions[edit]

Alamelu Manga is a major deity in Hinduism worshipped as an aspect of Goddess Lakshmi.It is believed that her intercession is indispensable to gaining the favour of the lord, it is also believed that Lakshmi is co-omnipresent, co-illimitable and the co-bestower of moksham along with Lord Vishnu. Sri Alamelumanga is the mother-goddess figure for staunch Sri Vaishnavites in particular and Hindus in general.

Nammalwar in his Thiruvaymozhi says

"agalakillEn iRaiyum enRu * alarmEl mangkai uRai mArbA! *

nigaril pugazhAy! ulagam mUnRudaiyAy! * ennai ALvAnE! ** nigaril amarar munik kaNangkaL virumbum * thiruvEngkadaththAnE! * pugal onRillA adiyEn * un adik kIzh amarndhu pugundhEnE "

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The sentence agalakillEn iRaiyum enRu * alarmEl mangkai uRai mArbA! which translates as "Goddess Laxsmi will not away from your (venkateswara) heart,always stay with you (him)."[2]

Poet Sri Annamacharya, was a staunch devotee of Sri Alamelu Mangamma. Most of his creative output is either inspired or centers around the deity. Many of the most famous and popular Kritis of Annamacharya personify her benevolence and grace.

Etymology[edit]

The name Alamelu Manga or Alaru+melu+Manga is an old Tamil term which translates conjoint of the words Alar (lotus) and Mel(aloft or up); Mangai means "(lady)" in pure Tamil [3] In Alamelu manga is the goddess Lakshmi.[3] The name Alamelu has traditionally been a popular one in South India. Apart from that basic name, several variations are popular.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] South India handbook: the travel guide By Robert Bradnock, Roma Bradnock-Source-Google Books
  2. ^ "thiruvAymozhi 6-10 - ulagamuNda" (PDF).
  3. ^ a b "Google book-Core of Karnatic Music, meaning of alamelu in Telugu".

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