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Keelapatla Sri Koneti Rayala Swamy Temple Timings, History

Koneti Rayala Swamy Temple (also known as Venkateswara Temple) is a famous Hindu Temple of Lord Venkateswara located in Keelapatla, Palamaner, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh. Lord standing here with his “Kati Varada Hastham” posture, holding Sankhu Chakram and having the impression of Sridevi and Bhudevi on both sides of his chest. Koneti Rayala Temple is 47 km from Chittoor, 55 km from Madanapalle and 7 km from Palamaner.

Keelapatla is in a forest area with fertile lands, full of bamboo bushes and honey. History says that this temple was constructed by the Regents of Pallava Kings in the 9th and 10th centuries. This temple in Thondu Mandal speaks of the styles of Pallava and Chola cultures. Here in the Village of Keelapatla, Lord Venkateshwara is called Konetirayadu.

Koneti Rayala Temple Timings:

Morning: 6:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Evening:  5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Sri Konetiraya Swamy Temple Sub Temples:

Chennakesava Swamy with his two consorts, five Alwars, Bhoo Varaha Swamy, Garuda, Anjaneya Swamy and Jaya Vijayas at the gate entrance.

Keelapatla Konetiraya Swamy Temple History:

When Saint Brughu came to earth after kicking on the lord Vishnu’s chest and forgiveness from the lord about the saint’s sin Saint Kashyapa advised him to establish the lord idols in 7 different places which show the features of lord Venkateshwara Swamy. So he established(prathista) lord in 7 different places i.e., Dwaraka Tirupathi(near Vijayawada), Kalyana Venkateshwara Swamy (Srinivasa Mangapuram) Keelapatla (near Palamaneru), Diguva Tirupathi(near Mulbaagal, Karnataka), etc.., but all these places are hidden by the saint with his magical powers that only the devotees can view. Because there is no existence of lord Venkateshwara to Tirumala. means All these temples are established before the arrival of Lord Venkateshwara to the earth.

Keelapatla Koneti Rayala Swamy Temple

After the lord’s arrival, Brughu came to existence with Agastya Maharshi and then he removed his powers and the common people came to know about these idols(vigraham) under the trees. after that, the kings came forward to build Devasthanams (temples) to the lord Venkateshwara Swamy of Brughu establishments. History says that Sathavahans, Pallavas, Renuti Cholas, Rastrakootas Banus, Chalukyas, Pandyas, Yadava Kings, Vijayanagar Emperors, Matli Kings, Moghul Kings, Arcot Nawabs, Tippu Sultan, Britishers and Palegars ruled over this area.

In the 15th century, poet Thallapaka Annamacharya praised in his lyrics, Lord Venkateshwara with different names. One lyric begins with the word “Konetirayadu”. This is the famous Annamayya lyric “Podagantimayya mimmu Purushothama, Nedayakuvayya Mammu Koneti Rayadaa”

Lord Venkateshwara is worshiped throughout the world. He protects all those who seek refuge in him.

Lord Tirumalavasa (Venkateshwara) in Keelapatla village is very handsome. The idols of Lord Venkateshwara at Tirumala and at Keelapatla village are identical. The Lord at Keelapatla is Kalpatharu (A heavenly tree that gives boon), Chintamani (A celestial power) and Kaamadhenu (the heavenly cow that gives all). According to legend,

Lord Venkateshwara at first placed his foot here at Keelapatla and then reached Tirumala. Till today, this is believed by all devotees. Govinda Govinda!! The old literature of Lord Keelapatla Konetiraya disappeared in due course of time but in his lyrics, the poet and composer Annamayya mentioned the name of Konetiraya. Another unknown poet in his Astakam also mentioned the name of Konetiraya.

In the sanctum of the temple, Koneti Rayadu like Tirumala Devar is standing with his “Kati Varada Hastas”, natural “Sankhu Chakras” and with the impressions of Sridevi and Bhoodevi, on the chest. It makes a person think whether this Konetiraya is a duplicate of Thirumala Deva, who has come down to this village. 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 and they speak the ancient glory of this place.

Keelapatla Koneti Rayala Swamy

Keelapatla Koneti Rayala Swamy Temple Legends:

After having the darshan of Lord Koneti Rayala  Swamy, the devotees proceed to Tirumala; there is a footpath through this forest area. On the Way to Tirumala, there are resting places that give relaxation to the pilgrims.

Some devotees still walk through this footpath these days. Forests, hills and rivers also become friendly to the pilgrims and they make their journey without worrying about the risks. Man can achieve anything by having self-confidence and belief in the Lord. For good deeds, the Lord will extend his cooperation to the devotees.

God says “I am not in the hearts of Yogis, not in Vaikuntam, not in Ravimandal, but I will be there where I hear the voice of Govinda! Govinda!. These words were said to the saint, Narada by the Lord himself, according to Hindu mythology. The following phrases describe this.

 “Naa Aham Vasami Vaikunte , Na Yogi Hridaye Ratha, Mad Bhakta Yuthru, Gayathri Thathra Thistami Narada, Govinda Govinda”

Lord Keelapatla Konetiraya equally shows his powers, besides the physical structure with Lord Tirumalaraya. So he is called AAPADA MOKKULAVADU and VARAALA VELUPU

The Villagers of Keelapatla are offering their services, to renovate the Koneru (pond) and the Temple. For Daily Archana and utsavas, the funds are insufficient. The immovable properties are useless as they fetch nothing. Under these circumstances, the TTD has to assist in funds for the renovation of this temple.

How to reach Konetirayala Swamy Temple:

By Air:  Tirupati International Airport is 123 km, Bengaluru Kempegowda International Airport is 146 km and Chennai International Airport, Meenambakkam is 186 km.

By Rail: The nearest Railway stations to Palamaner are Gudiyattam 33.96 km, Chittoor 38.67 km, Ambur 46.31 km, Pakala 48.64 km, Katpadi Junction 49.37 km, Vellore 52.26 km.

By Road: Palamaner is on the Chittoor Bangalore highway, from Palamaner Koneti Rayala Swamy Temple is 7 km.

Keelapatla Konetirayala Swamy Temple Address:

Keelapatla Village,
Palamaner Mandal,
Chittoor District,
Andhra Pradesh – 517408.

Keelapatla Sri Koneti Rayala Swamy Temple Timings, History

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