When you hear the word “Mantralayam”, your mind automatically goes to pay homage to Guru Raghavendra at his jeeva samidhi in Andhra Pradesh. Do you know we have two more such locations in the South India. If you have not heard of these, here are the short intorductions
The tales of Dwitheeya Mantrayala are very interesting. Legends say that Guru Raghavendra Swamy himself came here to install the Brindavana. The town Honnali on the banks of Tungabhadra River in Davanagere is known as Dwitheeya Mantralaya.
As per the legend, the devotees who wanted to construct a Rayara Mutt (Matha) were bringing the soil from the original Brindavana. While they came near this site, an old man (a saint in the orange robes) entered inside the matha and never came out. Later, they realise that it is Raghavendra Swamy himself who came here. Even to this day a plate, Hanuman idol and other items brought by Rayaru is said to be preserved in this matha. Interestingly, Raghavendra Matha in Honnali is also located on the banks of Tungabhadra similar to Mantralayam in Andhra Pradesh.
The holy town of Papparapatti in Dharmapuri (Tamil Nadu) is famous as Dakshina Mantrayala. The town is known for the Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt (Matha). Some decades ago, there was a couple who lost all their children one after another . They were so grieved by all the incidents but finally they were blessed with a baby boy. As fate had it, even this boy had serious ailments.
Drowned in grief, the couple decided to go to Mantrayalam to seek the blessings of Raghavendra Swamy. While they were in Mantralayam, the man’s brother back in Papparapatti dreams in which Rayaru appear and say that he is coming. Simultaneously, the lady also gets a dream indicating to a blessing for the child. Interestingly, the boy’s ailments get cured and they return back.
The man and his brother build a Brindavana (Rayara Mutt) in Papparapatti which is now known as Dakshina Mantralaya.
Papparapatti is around 20km from Dharmapuri and is located on the National Highway 7. It is not wrong to say that Dakshina Mantrayala is one of the unique Rayara Mathas in South India. People greatly believe in the miracles of Rayaru and many devotees come here to seek the blessings from the guru.