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Mantralayam is a village in Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh, India. It lies on the banks of the Tungabhadra river on the border with neighbouring Karnataka state. It is also called as Manchale. This town is noted for the holy presence of the Vrindavana (sacred burial) of Guru Raghavendra Swami, a Madhwa saint and follower of Sri Madhwacharya. It is believed that Guru Raghavendra Swami is in the Vrindavana from the past 339 years and is believed to be in the Vrindavana for another 361 years. While entering the Vrindavana, Guru Raghavendra Swami stated that he would be there (in the Vrindavana) for 700 years.
Manchalamma is the presiding deity of the Manchale village and one has to offer prayers to Manchalamma first, before they enter Sri Raghavendra Swamiji's mutt to get his blessings. The Manchalamma's shrine is located on the left of the main mutt and both are on the banks of River Tunghabadra.
Swamiji stayed with Sri.Appanacharya, the prime student of Swamiji in Bikshalaya aka Bichali for 13 years. This place is also located on the banks of River Tunghabadra and it is 20 km from Mantralaya.
The nearest railway station is Mantralaya Road, 16 kilometres away. This station is on the Guntakal - Raichur railway route. There are frequent bus services from Adoni, Yemmiganur, Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh and from Raichur and Bellary in Karnataka. Mantralaya is about 53 km from Adoni,24 km from Yemmiganur,100 km from Kurnool and 250 km from Hyderabad, 35 km from Raichur and 120 km from Bellary.
Lakhs of devotees come here to have a glimpse of the Brindavana or Vrindavana every year.
There are hotels around the mutt and getting accommodation is not difficult. Summers are hot here and winter season is pleasant. Winter mornings may be very chilly. In October 2009 due to heavy floods in Tungabhadra River, the complete village and Vridavanam were submerged in water. Devotees, volunteers and Government agencies volunteered to reconstruct the affected sites in the temple and the town and the temple was restored to its original beauty.
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