'Thirumana Thiruthalangal', is a book written by Ms.Meera Nagarajan, the Managing Director and CEO of the company. The published chapters from the book narrate the importance on worshipping at various temples that are known to bless for an early marriage to a bride or groom.

Kalyana Venkateswara Srinivasa Swamy temple - Mangapuram, Thirupati

Kalyana Venkateswara Srinivasa Swamy temple - Mangapuram, Thirupati

'Kesavan, Narayanan, Madhavan, Govindan, Vishnu, Madhusudanan, Thrivikraman, Vaamanan, Sridharan, Rishikesan, Padmanabhan, Damodaran' - The Lord, called by different names is very beautifully portrayed as Venkatesa Perumal at the Srinivasamangapuram temple at Thirupati. Daily, the temple wears a festive look with plantain trees and festoons and'nadaswaram' and 'kettimelam'. Daily, a marriage'urchav' is conducted by a devotee.

History of the temple

We all know the story of Sri Venkatesa Perumal, who married Padmavathy Thaayaar at Narayanapuram with the money he borrowed from Kubhera. After the marriage ceremony was over, Perumal visited the ashram of Agasthya, situated at the banks of River Swarnamuki near Chandragiri Hills on the way to Thirumala. Agasthya made the newly married couple stay with him for six months, telling that newly married should not climb a hill for six months. Sage Agasthya was extremely blessed to have Perumal as his guest. When Perumal left after six months, He gave two boons to His devotees – First, those who cannot climb the Thirumala for His'darshan' could visit the'sthala' at the bottom of Thirumala and they would get the same benefit. Second, those waiting for marriage would get married if they tie a'kaappu' on their hand during the'kalyan urchav' celebration here because it was the place where Lord Venkateswara stayed with His consort immediately after marriage. The shrine got the name'Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy' temple due to the reason that the Lord stayed here immediately after His marriage.

Kalyana Venkateswara Srinivasa Swamy temple - Mangapuram, Thirupati

'Thirumana thiruthalam'

Those, who come with the request for marriage, conduct'Kalyana urchav' of Venkatesa Perumal with Mahalakshmi - Padmavathy thaayaar. The'urchav' is held as a real marriage with all its accompanying practices including tying of the sacred knot. Sri Narasimhacharyalu, special priest of the temple says that the'urchav' is held on all the days of the year as devotees keep fulfilling their prayer commitments. And if on any day, no'urchav' has been booked, the temple authorities conduct the'urchav' for the benefit of those boys and girls waiting for marriage.

It is beyond any doubt that if we pray to God earnestly and surrender at His feet, He'll certainly grant our requests as He has given His word, "Maam egam saranam vraja"!

Location of temple

The temple is situated at Srinivasamangapuram, at 10 km distance from Thirupati to the west of Thirumala Hills. Devotees, planning to have'darshan' of Thirumala Perumal can perform'archana' to the deity here at the temple and reach the temple at the hilltop by climbing the steps of the Chandragiri Hills.

Kalyana Venkateswara Srinivasa Swamy temple - Mangapuram, Thirupati

Date of the temple

This ancient'sthala' had dilapidated due to the fury of nature and foreign invasions. The hamlet known as'Sithakudam Srinivasapuram' was donated to Annamacharya in the year 1540. Due to the relentless efforts of his grandson Chinna Thirumalaiyya, the temple was renovated according to the'aagama' rules and daily pujas and festivals had been conducted since 22nd March, 1540, the stone inscriptions say. In the year 1967, the administration of the temple was taken over by the Thirumala Thirupati devasthanam from the priest Sundararaja Swamy. The new management arranged everything right from the daily pujas to the facilities for the devotees for'darshan' of the Lord. From the year 1981,'Nithya kalyana urchav' and'Brahmotsav' during the months of February and March are being held.

Let us all pray for the sake of the'varans' introduced by Kalyanamalai as well as for the sake of those waiting for marriage for blessings of the Lord for an early and good marriage. Those, who want to have a quiet and calm'darshan' of the Lord without any disturbance, can visit Srinivasa Mangapuram Venkatesa Perumal temple. Once, we visit this temple, we would never want to miss it before climbing the Thirumala Hills!