Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam

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Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam
Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam (1960).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by P. Pullaiah
Produced by P. Pullaiah
Written by Acharya Atreya
Starring N.T. Rama Rao
S. Varalakshmi
P. Suri Babu
Santha Kumari
Gummadi Venkateswara Rao
Chittor V. Nagaiah
Ramana Reddy
Music by Pendyala Nageswara Rao
Cinematography P. L. Roy
Edited by K. A. Sriramulu
Release date
9 January 1960
Country India
Language Telugu

Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam is a 1960 Telugu mythological film produced and directed by P. Pullaiah and starring N. T. Rama Rao. The story is based on the story of Lord Venkateswara (Balaji). The film was dubbed into Tamil and released as Srinivasa Kalyanam. Except 2 Slokas written by Atreya, other songs in Tamil were written by Kuyilan.


Evil forces dominate the world. The wicked prosper, as the good are made to suffer from the vicious impact of the spirit of the times, the Kaliyuga, presided over by Kali Purusha, great rishis hold yajnas under the guidance of sage Kasyapa to rid the world of this wickedness. Sage Bhrigu (Gummadi) went to Lord Maha Vishnu (N.T. Rama Rao) to request his help. He did not notice the sage's arrival while enjoying the blissful company of his spouse Sri Lakshmi (Varalakshmi). Furiously, the sage kicked the Lord on the chest. Vishnu without being offended at all pacified the sage and made him realize how anger makes people lose their senses. Sri Lakshmi, however, could not bear all this. In great anger, She left Vaikuntam for the earth below. In search of her, Sri Vishnu too came down to the earth. He took shelter as Srinivasa in the ashram of Vakulamatha (Santha Kumari). Later, however, Srinivasa met Padmavathi (Savitri), daughter of Akashraja and married her.


Actor Character
Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Sri Maha Vishnu / Srinivasa
Savitri Padmavathi
S. Varalakshmi Sri Maha Lakshmi
Gummadi Venkateswara Rao Bhrigu Maharshi
A. V. Subba Rao Akasa Raju
Ramana Reddy Sarabha
Surabhi Balasaraswati Sarabha's wife
Chittor V. Nagaiah Bavaji
P. Santha Kumari Vakula
Rushyendramani Dhaaranidevi
P. Suri Babu Narada
A. V. Subba Rao Jr. Brahma
Sandhya Saraswathi Devi
Lanka Satyam Yathrikudu
Vempati Peda Satyam Maha Siva
Peketi Sivaram
Showkar Janaki Yerukala Saani
Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao Guest role in the song Sesha Saila Vaasa
R. Nageswara Rao
Relangi Venkataramaiah
Vangara Venkata Subbaiah



  • Chilako Chikkave Eenadu (Cast: Ramana Reddy and Surabhi)
  • Edukondala Swamy
  • Evaro Atadevaro Aa Navamohanudevaro (Lyrics: Aathreya; Singers: Ghantasala and P. Susheela)
  • Gopaala Nandha Gopaala
  • Seshasailavasa Srivenkatesha (Lyrics: Aathreya; Singer: Ghantasala)[1]
  • Sri Devini Needu Deverini Sarisaatileni Sowbhagyavatini (Singer: S. Varalakshmi; Cast: NTR and S. Varalakshmi)
  • Varala Beramayya Vanaram Beramayya (Lyrics: Aathreya; Singer: S. Varalakshmi; Cast: S. Varalakshmi)
  • Vegaraara Prabho (Lyrics: Aathreya; Singer: Madhavapeddi Satyam)

Box office and Impact[edit]

It released with 20 prints and had a 100-day run in 16 centers and 175 days in Hyderabad and Vijayawada centers.[2][3]

The deification of Rama Rao began and his residence in Madras became a shrine for pilgrims, who would visit him after a trip to Tirupati. NTR fans used to wait in long queues outside his house for a darshan of their `living-god'. They used to apprise him of their problems back home in their villages and he listened to them patiently before rushing to the studio in the morning.[4][5]

1939 film[edit]

Sri Venkateswara Mahatmyam, titled as Balaji,[6] was first made by P. Pullaiah under the Famous Films banner in 1939. C. S. R. Anjaneyulu acted as Balaji and Santha Kumari as Padmavathi in the lead roles. The movie was among the successes of the early days of Pullaiah and Shanthakumari's married life.


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