Andhra Pradesh is adorned with many temples of Lord Venkateshwara, the most popular being Tirupati. "Dwaraka Tirumala" or "Chinna Tiruapti" is yet another prominent temple of Lord Venkateshwara situated near Eluru, the head quarters of West Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh.
Dwaraka Tirumala holds a prominent place among the temples of Andhra Pradesh from a very long time. There are two temples in this place - one that of Lord Venkateshwara and another of Mallikarjuna (Lord Shiva) situated on a hillock. This hillock resembles Anantha, the divine serpent and it is said that Anantha is blessed to bears Lord Shiva on his hood (as the temple is on the hillock) and Lord Venkateshwara on his tail (as the temple is down the hillock). This amazing fact speaks volumes about the harmony between Saivism and Vaishnavism. Both the temples - Mallikarjuna Temple and Venkateshwara Temple hold equal prominence but the temple of Lord Venkateshwara receives more limelight.
Even in Krita Yuga (the first of the four Yugas as per Hindu Philosophy) the temple was famous attracting many devotees.