Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple Tirupati is located in the Chittor District, on the outskirts of Tirupati, about 5 km from Tirupati Venkateswara Temple. I had a chance to visit the temple during my stay at Tirupati. I took a cab from the hotel to reach the temple. The temple is built on the banks of the River Swarnamukhi Pushkarani. The main deity here is Goddess Padmavati, also called Alamelu Manga. Padmavati is the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and the consort of Lord Venkateswara. The darshan at the temple starts from 5.30 am on week days and on Friday it starts from 8.30 am.
The temple is built in typical South Indian style with a Gopuram, Mandapam and a Garbalayam. Before entering the temple, I bought some flowers to offer the deity and then went inside. There were three sub temples inside which were Srikrishnaswamy Temple, Sri Sundararajaswamivari Temple and Sri Suryanarayanaswamivari Temple. It is said that you have to first worship Lord Krishna in the temple and then worship Goddess Padmavati. As there was rush in the temple, I paid Rs. 40 and stood in the special queue that offered darshan fast.
The deity in the temple sits in padmasana and had four hands. Two of them hold lotus flowers and the two hands in the front shows abhaya mudra, protecting the devotees and varada mudra assuring the devotees that their wishes will be fulfilled. Praying here fills one with inner strength and peace. Since a lot of devotees were waiting to have the darshan, I was not allowed to stand in front of the deity more than a few minutes. The priest blessed us by touching us with the crown of Goddess Padmavati. Some of the devotees were given garlands taken from the deity.
Important festivals in the temple are Navaratri, Kartheeka Brahmotsavam, Float Fesival, Vasanthotsavam and Rathasaptami. Kartheeka Brahmotsavam is the most important festival here, which is celebrated for 7 days.
After praying at the temple I went around the temple three times and then came out after praying at other shrines in the temple. The visit to the temple was very enlightening and it purified my mind and soul.