Konetirayala Temple, Keelapatla

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Konetirayala Temple, Keelapatla
Sri KonetirayaSwamy, presiding deity of the temple
Sri KonetirayaSwamy, presiding deity of the temple
Konetirayala Temple, Keelapatla is located in Andhra Pradesh
Konetirayala Temple, Keelapatla
Konetirayala Temple, Keelapatla
Location in Andhra Pradesh
Name
Proper name Sri Konetirayalaswamy vaari alayam
Telugu శ్రీ కోనేటి రాయల స్వామి వారి ఆలయం,కీలపట్ల
Geography
Coordinates 13°14′16.5″N 78°46′21.5″E / 13.237917°N 78.772639°E / 13.237917; 78.772639Coordinates: 13°14′16.5″N 78°46′21.5″E / 13.237917°N 78.772639°E / 13.237917; 78.772639
Country India
State/province Andhra Pradesh
District Chittoor
Locale Keelaptla
Culture
Primary deity Venkateswara as Konetiraya
Important festivals Brahmotsavam, Vaikunta Ekadasi, Ratha Saptami
Architecture
Architectural styles Dravidian architecture
Number of temples 1
Inscriptions Dravidian languages and Sanskrit
History and governance
Temple board Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams
Website tirumala.org

Konetirayala Swamy Temple (also known as Venkateswara Temple) is a Hindu temple of Lord Venkateswara in the village of Keelapatla, Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh, India.[1][2]

Distance: from Bangalore: 141 km, from Tirupati: 120 km, from Hyderabad: 471 km, from Chennai: 203 km

Legend[edit]

It is believed that Lord Venkateswara first placed his Holy Foot here at Keelapatla and then reached Tirumala.[citation needed] The Myth believes that Saint Brughu kicked Lord Vishnu's chest and to eradicate such a sin, the Lord sent him to Earth and had him establish the Lord's idol in 7 different places. Some of these places are: 1. Dwaraka Tirupathi, near Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh 2. Kalyana Venkateshwara Swamy, Srinivasa Mangapuram, Andhra Pradesh 3. Konetiraya Swamy, Keelapatla, Andhra Pradesh 4. Diguva Tirupathi, Mulbagal, Karnataka etc..,[citation needed]

These places were hidden and the saint himself who went into disappearance by his mystical powers, were established much before the Lord himself came to the Earth. After Lords arrival, Brughu came into existence with Agasthya Maharshi, the mystical powers which hid these places were removed and they came into visible light of the common man. The idols were all under trees. The ruling kings then came forward to build temples around these idols.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Main Gopuram at Keelapatla Temple

History says, some of the rulers who ruled this place were, Sathavahans, Pallavas, Renuti Cholas, Rastrakootas, Banus, Chalukyas, Pandyas, Yadava Kings, Vijayanagar Emperors, Matli Kings, Moghul Kings, Arcot Nawabs, Tippu Sultan, Britishers and Palegars. The 15th-century Hindu saint, Andhra Pada kavitā Pitāmaha, Annamacharya mentions the name of Konetiraya in many of his sankeerthanas.

Deities in the Temple[edit]

Lord Venkateswara who is referred to as Konetirayudu is the primary presiding deity of the Temple. The Deity is believed to be Kalpatharu (A heavenly tree that gives boon), Chintamani (A celestial power) and Kamadhenu (the heavenly cow that gives all). In the sanctum of the temple, Konetirayadu like in Tirumala, is in standing posture with his "Kati Varada Hastas", natural "Sankhu Chakras" and with the impressions of Sridevi and Bhudevi, on the chest. Huge Jaya-Vijayas (watchmen at the gate of the Lord's Place), an ancient Chennakesava idol with his two wives, five Alwars, Bhoovaraha Moorthy, Garudalwar, Anjaneya Swamy statues, all can be seen in the temple.

Administration[edit]

The temple at present is being administered by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams board.[2]

See also[edit]

Reference lists[edit]

  1. ^ "KonetiRayala Swamy Temple". Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "SRI KONETIRAYA SWAMY, KEELAPATLA". 11 February 2016.