Dwaraka Thirumala Gopuram
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Dwaraka Tirumala or Dwarakatirumala is a village and a mandal in West Godavari district in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. It is famous for temple of Lord Venkateswara. Dwaraka Tirumala is located about 40 kilometres from the west Godavari district headquarters, Eluru 26 kilometres from ([Jangareddygudem)] This is also called as 'Chinna Tirupathi'.
Dwaraka Tirumala Devasthanam is situated on the top of the Seshachala Hill. It is Swayambhu. The feet of Lord Venkateswara are in Valmikam(Ant-hill). During Tretayuga Emperor Aja, Grand Father of Lord Shri Rama worshipped this Presiding deity.
Sage Dwaraka picked up and unearthed the Lord from Valmikam(Ant-hill) and worshipped the deity, as such it is named as Dwaraka Tirumala. Since the feet of Swayambhu are in Valimikam, about 400 years back another idol brought from Tirupathi and installed on the back of Swayambhu and Pratista was done as per ‘Vaikhanasa’ Agama.
This Devasthanam is a unique feature that two idols are located in same ‘sanctum sanctorum’. Two annual Brahmotsvams are being performed, one in Vaisakhamasam (May) for Swayambhu and another in Aswayuja Masa(October) to the installed deity. Moreover Sage Dwaraka doing penance seen North, the Lord appeared before him towards South direction as such the temple is located facing South.
There is staunch belief among the devotees that their desires are fulfilled by worshiping this deity. This place is popularly known from centuries as Chinna Tirupati(Small Tirupati).
Geography and transport
“Dwaraka Tirumala” is an ancient holy place and a popular pilgrim center in Andhra Pradesh of South India. Dwaraka Tirumala is nearer to Eluru, the headquarters of West Godavari District, which is 42 km from Eluru and 26 km from Jangareddygudem.
By Road: Direct buses are available from Eluru, Vijayawada and Hyderabad too. It takes about One hour and fifteen minutes by road from Eluru. Dwaraka Tirumala is 15 km from Bhimadole Junction. Bhimadole is between Vijayawada and Rajahmundry State Highway. Apart from Direct Busses, one can catch buses from rajahmundry to vijayawada / Vijayawada to Rajahmundry and alight at Bhimadole and catch buses to Dwaraka Tirumala.
By Rail:Though there is a Railway station at Bhimadole, very few trains (mostly local) stop. This railway station is on the main railway line of Vijayawada to Visakhapatnam.One can alight at Eluru (if you are coming from Vijayawada) or at Rajahmundry/TadepalliGudem (if you are coming from Visakhapatnam) and catch a local train to Bhimadole and from Bhimadole,Catch a bus.at,tirumala exp stops at bhimadolu every one must watch this temple.at bhimadole the transportation is well developed across the andhra and other states like orissa and bangalore,kolkata,....we can reach badrachalam from here...the cottages of temple and aptdc are established.the help line center at bhimadole junction bus stand will help you to reach the temple.by air you can reach dwaraka tirumala by reaching gannavaram (vijayawada)or madhurapudi(rajahmundry)and take a bus or train to eluru or bhimadole junction,autos and buses are available to reach dwaraka tirumala.
- "List of Sub-Districts". Census of India. Retrieved 2007-05-25.