Sri Tataiahgunta Gangamma Temple Timings:
Tuesdays, Fridays and Sunday: 5.00 am to 9.30 pm.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: 6.00 am to 9.00 pm.
Daily Poojas and Sevas in Tirupati Gangamma Temple:
On Tuesdays, Fridays and Sunday:
5.00 am The temple doors open
7.00 am to 8.00 am Abhishekam
8.00 am to 8.30 am Abhisheka murthi darisanam
8.30 am to 10.30 am Alankarana
10.30 am Ashtothara Satha Namarchana, Harathi
11.00 am to 9.00 pm Sarvadarshanam
9.30 pm Ekantha seva
On Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays:
6.00 am The temple doors open
8.00 am Nityarchana, Nivedana, Harathi
8.30 am to 9.00 pm Sarvadarshanam
12.30 pm Madhyana kala Nivedana
6.30 pm evening Harathi, Nivedana
9.00 pm ekantha seva
For Every Pournami Chandi Homam.
8.30 am maha sankalpam
11.30 am Purnahuti
12.00 Noon Prasada Vitarana & ashirvachanam
Long back, when “Palegondulu” ruled Tirupati and surrounding areas, women folk suffered a lot due to severe harassment. That time Goddess Gangamma was taken birth and grown as a beautiful woman in a village named “Avilala”. Palegondulu approached Gangamma with bad intention, but she with her grace and power tried to kill him. Afraid of her, Palegondulu hid in a remote place.
To bring him out of that place, Gangamma arranged a “Gangamma Jatara” during which people of Tirupathi wearing strange dresses cursed Gangamma for 7 days. On the seventh day Palegondulu came out of the hidden place and was killed by Goddess Gangamma for the benefit of humanity.
The Gangamma Jatara is a very famous local festival of Tirupati, which is celebrated in the month of May every year.
Since the temple is located in the banks of Thathaya gunta, it is popularly known as “Thathaya Gunta Gangamma Temple”. People worship the goddess with great faith. Tuesdays and Fridays are auspicious days when “Pongallu” is offered to the deity.
Here is another interesting story about this temple. Several centuries ago, goddess Gangamma caused trouble to the people of an entire village by spreading a very strange disease that killed several people. This happened every year even though the people celebrated a grand festival called jatara, in reverence to the goddess.
Once when the jatara celebration is going on, the goddess felt very sorry for the troubles she created to the villagers. She possessed on one of the devotees and told the devotees that she would eradicate the disease from the village if they offered her one human sacrifice every year. The villagers agreed for that and from then onwards each year they caught hold of a traveler passing by the village and offered to the goddess as sacrifice. As per the agreement, the goddess got rid of the disease gradually. It continued for several years.
One day a guru named Tirupati Tatacharya was passing by that village and he was the only person available for the sacrifice at the time. But since he was a guru, a learned man, they did not want to offer him as a sacrificial animal. Tatacharya realized the moral dilemma faced by the villagers and he told them that he would meet the goddess himself and sort out the issue. On the day of sacrifice, Tatacharya asked all his disciples to assemble and continuously chant the powerful Ashtakshari mantra. He had prepared two hot iron rods with him having conch and discus (Shanku and Chakra) shapes on their edges. These two holy symbols were associated with Lord Vishnu and he had his Vaishnavite devotees. As the jatara progressed, the goddess appeared and as usual she possessed one of the devotees and demanded to present her food in front of her. Tatacharya appeared in front of the goddess and he took out the hot iron rods and tried to plant the symbols on the goddess. Though the goddess tried to run away, she failed because of the power of the Ashtakshari mantra being chanted by Tatacharya’s disciples. During his attempt to plant the symbols on her shoulders, Tatacharya missed it and the symbols were planted below her neck. The goddess surrendered before Tatacharya and fell on his feet seeking his forgiveness. Tatacharya accepted her as his disciple and he took her to Tirupati where he established a temple for her at Tirupati.
That was the end of human sacrifice and instead of that, animal sacrifices were performed. Subsequently, over a long period, they stopped both alcohol and animal sacrifices and began only vegetarian offerings.
Temples Near Tirupati Gangamma Temple:
Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple, Tirumala.
Sri Govindarajula Swami Temple, Tirupati.
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, Tiruchanoor.
Sri Kalyana Venkateshwara Swamy Temple, Srinivasa Mangapuram.
Sri Kapileshwarswamy Temple, Tirupati.
Sri Prasanna Venkateshwaraswami Temple, Appalayagunta.
Tirupati Gangamma Temple Address:
Sri Tataiahgunta Gangamma Devasthanam
Andhra Pradesh – 517501
EO Phone Number: 9052174494; 8142149362.