The Dakshina Mantralaya

There are hundreds of temples in India dedicated to Raghavendra Swamy and almost each temple has its own tale to tell of the munificence and miracle of the Mantralaya seer.

Of all the cities, Bangalore perhaps boasts of the highest number of temples dedicated to Raghavendra Swamy. Bangalore also has three Raghavendra Swamy temples that are under the direct control and management of  the Nanjangud Sri Raghavendra Swamy Temple or Mantralaya Matha.

All the Rayara mathas are holy places as the miracles and Mahime of Rayaru can be felt everywhere. However, some temples are sanctified and are holy by the very presence of Raghavendra. There are temples where Rayaru himself came to the aid of the bhaktas or devotees who wanted to construct a temple for him.

One such temple is in Papparapatti in Tamil Nadu, which today is known as Dakshnina Mantralaya.

Papparapatti is a small village about 15 kms west of Dharmapuri in Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu. The village is surrounded by lush green forests. It is on National Highway No. 7.

The Brindavana here is a Mrithika and Saligrama structure. It means that the mrithika and saligramas from Mantralaya were brought here and installed in the Brindavana.

Apart from Brindavana, you can also see Mukhyaprana temple on  the Matha premises.
The Matha has been described as Dakshina Mantralaya by none other than the then Swamiji of Mantralaya Matha, Sushemendra Theertha.

It was February 21, 1996 and  Sushemendra Theertha was to arrive at Dharmapuri for the consecration of a Brindavana of Raghavendra Swamiji there. The Aasthika Samaja requested him to come to Papparapatti also. The Swamiji agreed but said he would be able to spend only a short time at Papparapatti. He also made it clear that he should not be persuaded to extend his stay.

He then came to Papparapatti the same day. He performed pooja and stayed at the Matha for two days.

During his discourse, Sushemendra Theertha declared that the Matha would develop into Dakshina Mantralaya. Since then, this name has struck to this temple of Raghavendra Swamy.

The matha provides accommodation and Theertha prasada. It is near Hogenkal which is 35 kms away. Palakkodu is about nine kms away. There is an Agrahara of Madhwa community near the RaghavendraSwamyTemple.

On the National Highway No 7, near Krishnagiri is the temple of Pranadevaru consecrated by Vyasaraja. It is called Kad Anjaneya.

Papparapatti is on the Bangalore-Salem route. The village is about 100 kms from Bangalore. 

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