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Alamelu (Telugu: అలమేలు) (Tamil: அலமேலு) also known as Alamelu mangai and Padmavati[1] (often spelled "Padmavathi" or "Padmavathy"), is a Hindu devi. Believed to be a form of Lakshmi, the Hindu devi of wealth and good fortune, Alamelumange is the consort of Sri Venkateshwara. The name Padmavati is Sanskrit for "she who emerged from lotus". The main temple to Sri Alamelumanga is situated at Alamelu-Mangapuram, a suburb of Tirupati City. Tradition dictates that every pilgrim to Tirupati must offer obeisance at this temple after visiting the temple at Tirupati-Tirumala Balaji.

Particular devotions

Alamelu Manga is a major deity in Hinduism worshipped as an aspect of Goddess Lakshmi.It is believed that her intercession is indispensable to gaining the favour of the lord, it is also believed that Lakshmi is co-omnipresent, co-illimitable and the co-bestower of moksham along with Lord Vishnu. Sri Alamelumanga is the mother-goddess figure for staunch Sri Vaishnavites in particular and Hindus in general.

The great Vaishnavite saint and Telugu Bhakti poet Sri Annamacharya, was a staunch devotee of Sri Alamelu Mangamma. Most of his creative output is either inspired or centers around the deity . Many of the most famous and popular Kritis of Annamacharya personify her benevolence and grace.


The name Alamelu Manga term comes from Tamil root word "Alar Mel Mangai" which translates in Sanskrit as Padmavati. Alamelu Manga thus translates to "Lady of the Lotus".

The name Alamelu has traditionally been a popular one in South India. Apart from that basic name, several variations are popular.

The word Manga / Mangamma (auspicious lady) very commonly forms part of many names. Occasionally, this is replaced by the word Valli (literally: creeper or heather), a metaphor for gentle lady in Telugu, to create the popular name Alamelu Valli. The name Alamelu is very generally used as a stand-alone name for girls.

See also


External links

  • The Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanam website
  • Sri Venkatdhvari Kavi's Sri Lakshmi Saharam Praising Alarmelmanga Thayar

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