Lord Chaitanya in Tirupati

Chaitanya Charitamrita – Lord Chaitanya on South India Tour –
Madhya Lila 1.105

TEXT 1.105
trimalla-tripadi-sthana kaila darasana
sarvatra karila krsna-nama pracarana

trimalla—a place named Trimalla, or Tirumala; tripadi—and Tripadi, or Tirupati; sthana—the places; kaila—did; darasana—visit; sarvatra—everywhere: karila—did; krsna-nama—the holy name of Lord Krsna; pracarana—preaching.

He visited the places known as Tirumala and Tirupati, where He extensively preached the chanting of the Lord’s holy name.

This holy place is situated in the district of Tanjore (Chittoor), South India. The temple of Tirupati is situated in the valley of Vyenkatacala and contains a Deity of Lord Ramacandra. On top of Vyenkatacala is the famous temple of Balaji.

Madhya 1.106

TEXT 1.106
tabe ta’ pasandi-gane karila dalana
ahovala-nrsimhadi kaila darasana

tabe ta’—thereafter; pasandi-gane—unto the atheists; karila—did; dalana—subduing; ahovala-nrsimha-adi—Nrsimhadeva, named Ahovala or at Ahovala; kaila—did; darasana—visit.

After visiting the temples of Tirumala and Tirupati, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu had to subdue some atheists. He then visited the temple of Ahovala-nrsimha.

The Ahovala temple is situated in Daksinatya, in the district of Karnula, within the subdivision of Sarbela. Throughout the whole district this very famous temple is much appreciated by the people. There are eight other temples also, and all of them together are called the Nava-nrsimha temples. There is much wonderful architecture and artistic engraving work in these temples. However, as stated in the local gazette, the Karnula Manual, the work is not complete.

Madhya 9.64

TEXT 9.64
mahaprabhu cali’ aila tripati-trimalle
catur-bhuja murti dekhi’ vyenkatadrye cale

mahaprabhu—Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; cali’ aila—arrived by walking; tripati-trimalle—at the holy places named Tirupati and Tirumala; catur-bhuja—four-handed; murti—Deity; dekhi’—seeing; vyenkata-adrye—to the holy place Venkata Hill; cale—began to proceed.

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu next arrived at Tirupati and Tirumala, where He saw a four-handed Deity. Then He proceeded toward Venkata Hill.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura has actually described the chronological order of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s visit. The Tirupati temple is sometimes called Tirupatura. It is situated on the northern side of Arcot in the district of Candragiri. It is a famous holy place of pilgrimage. In pursuance of His name, Venkatesvara, the four-handed Lord Visnu, the Deity of Balaji, with His potencies named Sri and Bhu, is located on Venkata Hill, about eight miles from Tirupati. This Venkatesvara Deity is in the form of Lord Visnu, and the place where He is situated is known as Venkata-ksetra. There are many temples in southern India, but this Balaji temple is especially opulent. A great fair is held there in the month of Asvina (September-October). There is a railway station called Tirupati on the Southern Railway. Nimna-tirupati is located in the valley of Venkata Hill. There are several temples there also, among which are those of Govindaraja and Lord Ramacandra.

Madhya 9.65

TEXT 9.65
tripati asiya kaila sri-rama darasana
raghunatha-age kaila pranama stavana

tripati asiya—coming to Tirupati; kaila sri-rama darasana—visited the temple of Ramacandra; raghunatha-age—before Lord Ramacandra; kaila—did; pranama—obeisances; stavana—offering prayers. TRANSLATION: After arriving at Tirupati, Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu visited the temple of Lord Ramacandra. He offered His prayers and obeisances before Ramacandra, the descendant of King Raghu. Madhya 9.66 TEXT 66 sva-prabhave loka-sabara karana vismaya pana-nrsimhe aila prabhu daya-maya

sva-prabhave—by His own influence; loka-sabara—of all the people; karana—inducing; vismaya—astonishment; pana-nrsimhe—to the Lord named Pana-nrsimha; aila—came; prabhu—Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; daya-maya—the most merciful.

Everywhere Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu went, His influence astonished everyone. He next arrived at the temple of Pana-nrsimha. The Lord is so merciful. PURPORT Pana-nrsimha, or Panakal-narasimha, is located in the district of Krishna, in the hills known as Mangalagiri, about seven miles from a city known as Vijayawada. One must climb six hundred steps to reach the temple. It is said that when the Lord is offered food with syrup here, He does not take more than half. Within this temple is a conchshell presented by the late king of Tanjore, and it is said that this shell was used by Lord Krsna Himself. During the month of March, a great fair takes place in this temple.

Madhya 9.67

TEXT 9.67
nrsimhe pranati-stuti premavese kaila
prabhura prabhave loka camatkara haila

nrsimhe—unto Lord Nrsimha; pranati-stuti—obeisances and prayers; prema-avese—in ecstatic love; kaila—offered; prabhura—of the Lord; prabhave—by the influence; loka—the people; camatkara haila—were astonished.

In great ecstatic love, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu offered obeisances and prayers unto Lord Nrsimha. The people were astonished to see Lord Caitanya’s influence.

Madhya 9.68


śiva-kāñcī āsiyā kaila śiva daraśana
prabhāve ’vaiṣṇava’ kaila saba śaiva-gaṇa


śiva-kāñcī—to the holy place named Śiva-kāñcī; āsiyā—coming; kaila—did; śiva daraśana—visiting the temple of Lord Śiva; prabhāve—by His influence; vaiṣṇava kaila—turned into Vaiṣṇavas; saba—all; śaiva-gaṇa—the devotees of Lord Śiva.


Arriving at Śiva-kāñcī, Caitanya Mahāprabhu visited the deity of Lord Śiva. By His influence, He converted all the devotees of Lord Śiva into Vaiṣṇavas.


Śiva-kāñcī is also known as Kañjīvaramā, or the Benares of southern India. In Śiva-kāñcī there are hundreds of temples containing symbolic representations of Lord Śiva, and one of these temples is said to be very, very old.