Sri Govindaraja Swamy is the elder brother of Swamy Venkateswara, who accomplished the ever-magnificent marriage between Venkateswara Swamy and Padmavathi Ammavaru. It is said that he attained immense amount of wealth from King Kubera for the wedding.
Significance of Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple
According to some beliefs, Sri Govindaraja Swamy is blessed with a left hand lines which indicates that he would be returning fourfold of the wealth he had obtained from King Kubera. This is the reason why devotes seek Lord Govindaraja Swamy to help them increase their wealth and to guide them in better management of their wealth.
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.
History of Govindaraja Swamy Temple?
Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple was sanctified in 1130 AD by the Saint Ramanujacharya. During the Muslim invasion in southern parts of India, to maintain its safety, statue of Lord Govindaraja Swamy deity of Chidambaram was brought to Tirupati, which was later brought back once the situation returned.
Saint Sri Ramanujacharya had a dream where Lord Govindaraja Swamy informed him about his wishes to reside in Tirupati. Owing to this when he visited the place he saw in his dream; he found the statue of Lord Govindaraja Swamy there. It was then, he advised the king to build a temple in the same place.