Dwaraka Tirumala Temple is an ancient Sri Vishnu temple in West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh. Dwaraka Tirumala is 42 KM away from Eluru and 15 km from Bhimadole Junction. Dwaraka Tirumala is also known as Chinna Tirupati and Dwaraka Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple. The principal Deity is Sri Venkateswara Swamy and almost all rituals and traditions of Tirumala Venkateswara temple are followed. Hence, it is called Chinna Tirupati.
The great saint, Dwaraka, located the self-manifested idol of Lord Sri Venkateswara after severe penance in a “Valmikam” (anthill). Devotees call Sri Venkateswara Kaliyuga Vaikuntha Vasa. This place is also called Dwaraka Tirumala. Sri Konda Malleswara Swamy, Sri Renuka Devi (Kunkullamma), Sri Subramanyeswara Swamy and Sri Anjaneya Swamy are the other deities on the hillock.
Daddojanam, Kattupongali, Sarkarapongali, Pulihora, Kadhambam, Gaarimukkalu, Appalu are being distributed daily to the devotees after Nivedana to the deity. A Kalyana Katta for tonsure/offering hair is on the west side. Tiru Kalyanostavam in Vaisakha, Kalyanam and Rathotsavam, Pavithrotsavam, Teppotsavam and other festivals are celebrated here.
Dwaraka Tirumala Temple Timings:
Morning: 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Evening: 3:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Dwaraka Temple Daily Activities:
- 4:00 AM to 6:00 AM – Suprabhataseva, Pratahkalarchana
- 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Sarva Darsanam
- 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon – Vedaparayanam
- 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM – Nityarjita Kalyanam
- 12:00 Noon – Maha Nivedana
- 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Break
- 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM – Sarva Darsanam
- 3:30 PM – Prabhutvostavam
- 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM – Sayamkalarchana
- 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM – Sarvadaranam
- 8:30 PM to 8:40 PM – Sevakalam, Sarvadarsanam
- 9:00 PM – Ekantaseva
Dwaraka Tirumala History:
According to some Parana’s, the temple is popular even in Kruta yuga and is still attracting the devotees. According to Brahma Purana, Aja Maharaja, the Grandfather of Lord Sri Rama also worshiped Lord Venkateswara for his marriage. On his way to the ‘Swayamvaram’ of Indumati, he passed by the temple. He did not offer prayers in the temple. The bride Indumati garlanded him, but he had to face a battle with the kings who came to the Swayamvaram. He realized that the battle was thrust on him for ignoring the temple on the way. After realizing this, Aja Maharaja prayed to the Lord Venkateswara. Suddenly the kings stopped the battle.
It is a great wonder to see two main idols under one Vimana Sikharam. One idol is a full and complete statue. The other is a half statue of the upper portion of the form of the Lord. The upper portion of the form is a self-manifested idol located by Sage “Dwaraka”. The saints of the yore felt the prayers to the Lord are not complete without worshipping His holy feet. So, the saints joined together and installed a full statue behind the self-manifested idol, to worship the feet of the Lord according to Vaikhanasa Agamam. It is believed that the prayers to the smaller statue of the Lord will lead to Moksha, and the big form stands for Dharma, Artha and Kama. The Tiru kalyanotsavam is celebrated twice a year. One for the self-manifested idol in the month of “Vaisakha” and the other for the installed idol in the month of “Aasweeyuja”.
On entering the sanctum sanctorum, one feels a most inspiring and enchanting experience. The presiding mythological deity Lord Venkateswara is visible up to the bust size and the lower portion is imagined to be on the earth. The holy feet are said to be offered to Bali Chakravarthi in “Patala” for his daily worship. The full-size idol of Lord Sri Venkateswara standing at the back of the main idol is said to have been installed by the great social reformer Srimad Ramanuja of the 11th century. The idols of Padmavathi and Nanchari are installed in the Arthamandapa facing east. This is a fully equipped shrine to be a Divyasthala.
The most peculiar aspect here is that the hill appears to be a serpent in form, even to the naked eye, confirms the mythological version that Anantha, the serpent king has taken up this terrestrial form of serpent hill and is carrying God Mallikarjuna on the hood and Lord Venkateswara on the tail, thus creating a happy and harmonious compromise of Vaishnavism and Saivism at a single place. The magnificent monuments like Vimana, Mantapa, Gopura, Prakara etc., stand to the credit of Dharma Appa Rao recent ruler (1762 – 1827) and the golden ornaments and silver Vahanas stand to the credit of the generous queen Rani Chinnamma Rao of Mylavaram, Krishna Dist. (1877 – 1902). These things immortalize the glory of the shrine.
Dwaraka Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vari Saswatha Annadhana Trust is offering free meals (Annaprasadam) to 3000 pilgrims on normal days between 11.00 AM – 3.00 PM.
On Saturdays, Sundays and Festival days Annaprasadam is offered for 5000 pilgrims between 9.30 AM – 4.00 PM
Every Friday between 8.00 PM to 11:00 for those who come by walk.
Chinna Tirupati Daily, Darshan, Seva, Poojas:
Suprabhata Seva, Astottara Satanamarchana, itya Arjita Kalyanam, Veda Aashirvachanam, Arjita Brahmotsvam, Kumkuma Puja and Gopuja.
Arjita Kalyanam will not be celebrated on the following Days:-
- Makara Sankranti
- Swamy Vari Vysakhamasa Kalyanotsavams (From Vaisakha Suddha Dasami to Bahula Vidiya)
- Swamy vari Aswayujamasa Kalyanotsavams (From Aswayuja Suddha Dasami to Bahula Vidiya)
- Solar Eclipses
- Krishna Janmashtami
- Pavithrotsavams (From Sravana Suddha Trayodasi to Bahula Padyami)
Weekly Poojas / Sevas:
Snapana and Swarna Tulasidala Kainkarya Seva.
Yearly Poojas / Sevas:
Astotharam and Gosamrakshna pathakam/Gopuja.
Dwaraka Srinivasa Temple Other Sevas:
Silver Garudotsavam (Garuda Vahanotsavam), Silver Seshavahanotsavam and Kovela Pallaki Utsavam
All Festivals are celebrated as per Telugu Calendar/Thidi.
Giripradakshina – Kanuma Day
Mukkoti/ Vykunta Dwara Darsanam – Dhanurmasa Ekadasi
Swamy vari Vysakha Masa tiru Kalyanam – Vysakha Suddha Chaturdasi
Pavitrotsavams – Sravana Suddha Trayodasi to Padyami
Samy Vari Aswayuja Masa tiru Kalyanam – Aswayuja Suddha Chaturdasi
Teppostavam – Kartika Suddha Dwadasi
Dwaraka Tirumala Temple Address:
Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vari Devasthanam,
West Godavari District,
Andhra Pradesh – 534 426.
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