“Dwaraka Tirumala” is an ancient holy place and popular pilgrimage centre in South India’s Andhra Pradesh. Dwaraka Tirumala has situated 42 km from ‘Eluru’, the West Godavari district is headquarters. On Vijayawada-Rajahmundry State Highway and 15 km from Bhimadole Crossing, which is on the main Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam railway line.
As the people of this region visit it periodically to offer worship to the Main Deity – Sri Venkateswara, and almost identical rituals and traditions are followed at the world-famous Tirumala Sri Venkateswara shrine. Hence, it is called Chinna Tirupati. There are two temples here: one for Venkateswara and another for Mallikarjuna on the ridge, which looks like a snake in form, and justifies the belief that Anantha, the divine serpent, is pleased to take this serpent form to carry Siva upon him. and Vishnu. Siva on the hood and Venkateswara on the tail, demonstrating to the world a harmonious blend of “Saivism and Vaishnavism”, that unity ensures blessing in this world.
This pilgrimage centre is named “Dwaraka Tirumala“ in honour of the great saint, “Dwaraka” who located the self-manifested idol of the Lord “Sri Venkateswara”, after severe penance in a ‘Valmikam’ (anthill). The devotees call Sri Venkateswara as Kaliyuga Vaikuntha Vasa. This place is also called “Chinna Tirupati”.
According to Shastra, the rivers of North India like the Ganges and the Yamuna are considered more and more sacred as they rise to the source and the rivers of South India like Krishna and Godavari are also sacred as they go down the river. until its mouth into the sea. . That is why there are numerous shrines and holy bath ghats, at close intervals, on both sides of the great Krishna and Godavari rivers in their lower regions. The region covered by our Dwaraka Tirumala dominates the most prominent position in India and is adorned by these two great Indian rivers Krishna and Godavari, as noted by Brahma Purana.
Devotees who wish to go and offer their donations, or tonsures or any other offering to Lord Venkateswara, called Tirumala as “Pedda Tirupati”, due to some reasons, if they cannot go there, they prefer to offer their donations, prayers and worship in the Dwaraka Tirumala, known as “Chinna Tirupati”.
How to reach Dwaraka Tirumala
APSRTC operates buses from Eluru, Rajamahendravaram, Tadepalligudem, Vijayawada, Chintalapudi, Jangareddygudem, Bhimadole, Hyderabad and Tadepalligudem, Bhadrachalam to Dwarakatirumala bus station.