(Last Updated on : 22/01/2009)
Padmavati. Goddess Padmavati is believed to be a very benevolent goddess who readily forgives her devotees if they are repent. One is showered with plenty as soon as they receive her blessings.
An inscription in the Padmavati Temple tells you the history of Tiruchanur. Originally there was a temple dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. It was difficult to perform the rituals due to space shortage. So they decided to move it elsewhere. In the 12th century, the Yadava kings built the Shri Krishna
Balaram Temple. In the 16th and 17th century, two additions were made. The deity of Sundara Varadaraja was installed and a separate temple was built for Goddess Padmavati.
Padmavati was born in a lotus
pond, which is the tank within the temple premises of Tiruchanur.
There are many deities within the temple. Padmavati
is the consort of Lord Venkateshwara
, the presiding deity of Tirupati. She is sitting in Padmasana
holding two lotuses in her upper hands. The lower hands represent fearlessness and benediction. A lot of importance is attached to the elephant that is the celestial carrier of the goddess. The flag hoisted from the temple bears the image of an elephant.