|Govindaraja Perumal temple, Tirupati (down). MyBusBlog - MyBusTickets.in|
Located in the heart of the city in Tirupati (down) is an historical temple dedicated to Sri. Govindaraja Perumal and one can not miss the impressive, majestic gopurams. - towers. It is believed to be one of the earliest temples in Chitoor district and the temple complex is a big one. The tradition has been that the pilgrims are supposed to visit this temple and the Thayyar (goddess) temple at Alamelumanga Puram, before visiting Balaji temple up on the hill. Built in the 12 th century, Saint Ramanujar reconsecrated the idol of Govindaraja Perumal in 1130 AD. But, the temple complex belongs to the 9th and 10th centuries. Earlier, the presiding deity was lord Parthasarathi (Lord Krishna who rode the chariot for Arjuna in the Kurushetra war).
|Govindaraja perumal in yoga nithra pose, Tirupati (lower)Yatrastotemples.com|
Sri. Govindaraja perumal is believed to to be the care taker of the enormous wealth of lord Venkateswara (lord Balaji) at Tirumala that has the highest hundial collections - daily collectons in the world. With the collections, etc lord Balaji is just paying the interest on the loan that he borrowed from the lord of wealth, Kubera to meet his wedding expenses with goddess Padmavati Thayyar. Here, the presiding deity - Govindaraja with his face towards east is in reclining posture (Yaga Nithra) lying on the recoiled bed of huge Adisesha, the serpent with consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi.
|Govindaraja perumal temple , Tirupati (down). GoTirupati|
This temple is just half a kilo meter from the railway station and Balaji temple at Tirumala is 22 km from the town. Padmavati Thayyar temple at Tiruchanoor (Alamelumanga puram) is 5 km from here.