Konetirayala Temple, Keelapatla
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|Konetirayala Temple, Keelapatla|
Sri KonetirayaSwamy, presiding deity of the temple
|Proper name||Sri Konetirayalaswamy vaari alayam|
|Telugu||శ్రీ కోనేటి రాయల స్వామి వారి ఆలయం,కీలపట్ల|
|Primary deity||Venkateswara as Konetiraya|
|Important festivals||Brahmotsavam, Vaikunta Ekadasi, Ratha Saptami|
|Architectural styles||Dravidian architecture|
|Number of temples||1|
|Inscriptions||Dravidian languages and Sanskrit|
|History and governance|
|Temple board||Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams|
Distance: from Bangalore: 141 km, from Tirupati: 120 km, from Hyderabad: 471 km, from Chennai: 203 km
It is believed that Lord Venkateswara first placed his Holy Foot here at Keelapatla and then reached Tirumala. 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..,
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.
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
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.
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