Tiruchanur City Travel Guide
The temple of Sri Padmavathi, the consort of Lord Sri Venkateshwara, is located at Tiruchanoor, also called as Tiruchukanur. Alamelu mangamma or Goddess Padmavathi is the presiding deity of this temple and hence the place is also called as Alamelumangapuram.
Tiruchanoor occupies a very important place in the ancient scripts. It is said that a visit to Tirupati is fruitful only after visiting the temple of Sri Padmavathi Devi. Tiruchanoor was a part of Tiruvengadakootam under the Pallavas. Later under the Cholas it became a part of Rajendra Chola Mandalam. In the eighth century, the village was totally a Sri Vaishnava settlement (settlements of the devotees of Lord Maha Vishnu).
As the temple of Lord Venkateshwara at Tirumala was not of easy access, a new temple called Tiruvalankoil was constructed at Tiruchanoor to have a representative idol of Lord Srinivasa. Later over a period of time Shaivism (followers of Lord Shiva) gained support and importance. Thus a temple of Lord Shiva was erected at Jogimalleswaram. Again following the decline of the Chola's and the rise of Yadava Rayas, Sri Vaishnavism regained support and a temple was constructed for Goddess Padmavathi.