About Sri Lakshmi Tirupathamma Temple
In the 17th century, Sri Raja Vasireddy Jagga Bhoopala ruled the Krishna region. The capital of the region was Amaravathi town. Sri Tirupatamma was born in his kingdom in a family of Kolla as a gift of Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamyvaru of Tirumala in ‘Anigandlapadu’ village and was Eka satyagraha, learned Puranas, Vedas, Ramayana, and Mahabharata and gave sermons to neighbors, villagers. She married Gopayya of the Kakani family from Penuganchiprolu Village. Sri Tirupatamma brought glory to both families, entire region, by her undeterred devotion to Lord Sri Venkateswara, Karma, Gnana, Vairagya Yoga, etc.
Sri Lakshmi Tirupatamma Temple: Sri Tirupatamma was a great devotee and a very good housewife. She shared sorrows and joys with her husband. Almost all her neighboring villagers of the Krishna region respected her. They believed that she was an incarnation of Lord Venkateswara. The region flourished with wealth and good crops, as long as she was happy at her in-laws’ house. In due course, the attention and respect from all the neighboring villagers were not well accepted by the mother-in-law and sister-in-law. They were unkind and ill-treated Sri Tirupatamma so she was miserable.
However, she never spoke about her sorrows to her husband Sri Gopayya. Instead, she bravely tolerated it with lots of patience because she was a strong believer in Karma Yoga. Starting from the time when she was ill-treated, the Krishna region had many droughts and famines. Although there was no shortage of food for the human beings, the pastures were so dried that the cows found nothing to graze on.
As a result, Gopayya took his cow herd and went to the Uttara Aranyam region (Bhadrachalam area) to graze the cows. Meanwhile, Sri Tirupatamma was infected with leprosy that was contagious and incurable at the time. Her in-laws threw her out so she had to take shelter in the vacant cowshed. She was also forbidden to enter the house. Hearing her misfortunes, her parents invited Sri Tirupatamma to return to her parent’s home. The parents were well-to-do and had flourishing businesses.
However, she declined their request saying that she had not taken permission from her husband to go to her parent’s house. At the time of her needs, there was one of the disciples “Papamma” who served Tirupatamma with love and affection. Papamma served her for the remaining time of Tirupatamma’s lifetime.
In Uttara Aranyakam Gopayya grazed his cows and preached the Ramayana and Mahabharata to all the fellow cowboys. One day he had a darshan of Bhadradri Sri Vaikunta Rama that impressed him very much. Then and there he decided he would return to Penuganchiprolu and bring his wife Sri Tirupatamma to have darshan of Bhadradri Rama. However, unfortunately, while grazing his cows a tiger attacked him. He died while fighting with a tiger. Sri Tirupatamma knew about the incident using her Divya Drishti.
She decided to enter Yogagni along with her husband’s remains. She showed her celestial powers to Karanam Sri Komarraju Srisailapati, a village Head Sri Karla Mutyala Naidu who finally permitted Yogagni Pravesham. Sri Tirupatamma gave her the last sermon from the Yogagni Pyre. She preached to all the villagers about Bhakti, Karma, Gnana, Vairagya & Moksha marga. She also taught that when women are treated well there is always prosperity in the region.
Tirupatamma mentioned that after Yoga Agni Pravesam, she would appear as idols in the Yogagni place itself along with the Turmeric heap. She was blessed that her followers and devotees would be able to see Sri Gopayya in Magha Pournami setting sun while they would be able to see her in Magha Pournami rising moon. Sri Tirupatamma ordered the village head man Sri Srisailapathi to make a Sri Lakshmi Tirupathamma Temple at Yogagni place. In addition, she blessed Papamma that her heirs would always become the archakas in her temple.
Finally, with her husband’s remains, she immolated herself in a pyre by Yoga. Similar to Goddess Sati Devi, on the next day, there were several idols of Sri Lakshmi Tirupathamma Temple and Gopayya that were found at the Yogagni pyre place. These were identified by Papamma. The village headman Sri Srisailapathi made the temple at Yogagni Pyre place. Thus the Sri Tirupatamma Ammavari Temple in Penuganchiprolu was constructed.
On the third day of Yogagni of Tirupatamma, a Tiger that had killed Gopayya at Uttara Aranya visited the Holy pyre area, Pradakshina, and died behind the pyre. The village headman constructed the Sri Peddamma temple at the same spot where the tiger breathed its last. Sri Lakshmi Tirupathamma Temple was made a deity in 1695 A.D after her Yoga Agni Pravesam. Sri Lakshmi Tirupathamma Temple is worshipped in the Penuganchiprolu Temple as the image of Shakti.
Timings to visit Sri Lakshmi Tirupathamma Temple
5:00 AM – 7:00 AM | 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Puja’s/Seva Performs at Sri Lakshmi Tirupathamma Temple
|Suprabhata Seva||5:00 AM|
|Srichakara pooja||6:00 AM|
|Kalyanam (Every Friday)||10:00 AM|
|Maha Nivedana||11:30 AM|
|Unjala Seva||5:00 PM|
|Pallaki Seva||8:00 PM|
Festivals celebrate at Sri Lakshmi Tirupathamma Temple
Pedda Thirunallu – Magha Pournami.
Chinna Thirunallu – Phalguna Pournami.
Colour Festival: This festival is celebrated once every two years after Sankranthi.
How to Reach Sri Lakshmi Tirupathamma Temple
By Air: Vijayawada Airport – 70 km
By Train: Guntur Railway Station – 100 km, Vijayawada Railway Station – 72 km,
By Bus: Khammam – 50 km, Madhira – 18 km, Jaggaiahpet – 18 km,
Sri Lakshmi Tirupatamma Ammavari Temple, Penuganchiprolu(V&M), Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh – 521190, India.
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