Mantralayam Andhra Pradesh: A beautiful small town of Mantralayam is the original abode of Sri Raghavendra Swami Brindavan. This town is located on the banks of river Tunghabharda in Kurnool District of Western Andhra Pradesh. Mantralayam turned into a famous pilgrimage centre where thousands of devotees congregate to get the slightest glance of the Brindavan of this great saint. Mantralaya was originally called as Manchala. It is said that Sri Guru Raghavendra Swami got this village through the blessings of the village deity Manchallamma.
Even this day, it is believed that the people who worship Guru Raghavendra Swami whole-heartedly and recite the verse written in honour of Him will get all the desires fulfilled and released from all the banes. A small dwelling about a century ago, today, the holy village, where Sri Raghavendra Swami's Brindavan stands, Mantralayam has a population of about 1200 persons.
Other places to visit in Mantralaya are Sri Gurusarvabhuma Vidya Peetham, which is a Sanskrit college just behind Sri Raghavendra Brindavan. To the other side of the temple there is a Manchalamma (manifestation of Goddess Parvati) Temple, which is visited before proceeding to Sri Raghavendra Brindavan. There is also a temple of Sri Venkateshwara at the centre of Mantralaya Campus that is believed to be the sanctified by Raghavendra Swami himself. There is also a huge Siva Linga (manifestation of Lord Siva) in the middle of the river Tungabhadra. A temple of Sri Panchamukhi Anjaneya swami temple (Lord Hanuman with five faces) lies beyond the river at a distance of 5kms from Mantralaya. There is another place called Bikshalaya or Bichali, the place where Appanacharya, the prime devotee of Guru Raghavendra, stayed.