Tirupathi – Sri Tataiahgunta Gangamma Temple

Gangamma is goddess Durga

tirupati-Gangamma-Jathara

Unique feature: Vichitra veshadarana and curse Gangamma by all devotees during Jatara to please goddess

Contact us

Sri Tataiahgunta Gangamma Devasthanam

Tirupati, Chittoor

Andhra Pradesh

EO Phone No:9052174494; 8142149362

Email:sritataiahguntagangamma@gmail.com

http://www.apendowments.gov.in/tataiahgunta/

How To Reach

One can easily reach Tattayagunta Gangamma Devasthanam by taking local auto-richshaw or by hiring taxis from Tirupati Railway station or Bus stand

Darsanam

5am – 9.30 pm

Sevas

Abhishekam, Kumkumarchana and many other special sevas.

Major Festivals

  • Sri Tataiahgunta Gangamma Jathara 7 Days in May Month. Above3,00,000 Devotees attend.
  • Saran Navarathi Utshavams (Dasara ) 9 Days in October Month
  • Lakshya kumkumarchana 3days in February Month
  • Chandiyagam Programme every month

Temple History

Once upon a time when Tirupati and surrounding areas are ruled by “Palegondulu”, harassment on women was enormous. During this time in a village “Avilala” the Godess Gangamma was born and grown as most beautiful women. When the Palegondulu want to the Goddess Gangamma with bad intention, she with her grace and power tried to kill him fearing her, Palegondulu was hidden in a remote place.

To take him out of  hide the Gangamma planned “Ganga Jathra” where the people in Tirupathi do vichitra veshadarana and curse Gangamma for a period of 7 days. On the seventh day the“Palegondulu” comes out of the hide and is killed by Godess Gangamma for the “LokaKalyanam”.

The Gangamma Jatara is a very famous local festival for the is a very famous local festival for the People of Tirupati. It is done every year in month of May.

As the Gangamma temple was in banks of Thathaya gunta, the temple is famous as “Thathaya Gunta Gangamma Temple”.  People worship this goddess with great belief, on Tuesdays and Fridays “Pongallu” is offered to the deity.

There is another  interesting story associated with this temple and its goddess. Centuries ago, goddess Gangamma troubled an entire village with a very strange disease that consumed scores of people. This happened year after year in spite of the mass festival called jaatara that was celebrated in honor of the goddess.

One such year when the jaatara was in progress, the goddess felt very sorry for the troubles faced by the villagers. She spoke through one of the devotees who were possessed by her. She vowed to rid the village of the disease if they offered her one human sacrifice every year. The villagers agreed and both the goddess and the villagers honored their vows.

Each year the villagers caught hold of a traveler passing by the village and offered the traveler as a sacrifice to the goddess. The goddess on her part took care of the disease. This went on for some years.

One year a guru by name Tirupati Tatacharya was passing by the village. He was the only one available for the villagers at the time. But then he was a guru. They found it impossible to kill a learned man as a sacrificial animal. Tatacharya found out about the moral dilemma faced by the villagers. He told the villagers that he would meet the goddess on his own and sort it out. The fateful day arrived. Tatacharya on his part asked all his disciples to assemble and continuously chant the famous and all powerful Ashtakshari mantra.  He for himself prepared two hot iron rods that had the conchand discus shapes on their edges. Conch and discus (Shanku and Chakra) are two holy symbols associated with Lord Vishnu and his Vaishnavite devotees. As the jaatara was in progress, the goddess appeared. As usual she took control of one of the devotees and demanded that her food be presented in front of her.  Tatacharya appeared in front of the goddess and took out the hot iron rods to plant the symbols on the goddess. The goddess, initially tried to run away, but she failed in her attempts because of the affects of the Ashtakshari mantra being chanted by the disciples of Tatacharya. Tatacharya tried to plant the symbols on shoulders but missed and planted the symbols on the back instead, perhaps below the neck. The goddess submitted herself to Tatacharya and fell on his feet and sought his forgiveness. Tatacharya accepted her as his disciple and moved her to Tirupati and established a temple for her on the outskirts of Tirupati.

From that time she said goodbye to human sacrifice and instead preferred to accept animal sacrifices. Over a period of time, she gave up both alcohol and animal sacrifices that were offered to her and began to accept only vegetarian offerings.

Near By Temples

Sri Govindarajula Swami Temple, Tirupati.

Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, Tiruchanoor.

Sri Kalyana Venkateshwara Swami Temple, Srinivasa Mangapuram.

Sri Kapileshwarswami Devasthanam, Tirupati.

Sri Prasanna Venkateshwaraswami Temple, Appalayagunta.

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