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In Part 2 (Tiruchanoor as Vadirajapuram – Part 2) of this series I have tried to present an analysis of Sri Vadiraja’s visit to Penugonda, the capital of Venkatapathy Raya and the probable period of Sri V’s title conferment.

In the same part, the undiminished influence of Sri V. on the successive emperors of Krishnadevaraya has also been discussed with the help of inscriptions of Aravidu dynasty.

In the present part I wish to focus on the visit by Sri Vadiraja to Tirumala hills. In order to ascertain the probable year(s) of the said visit, I have considered (i) Tirtha Prabandha; (ii) Vadirajaguruvara charitamruta and (iii) books published by contemporary authors.

Estimating the year(s) of Tirumala visit by Sri Vadiraja

There should not be an iota of doubt about the dedication and the devotional fervor of Sri Vadiraja towards Tirupati Timmappa i.e. Lord Venkateshwara residing at the abode of Tirumala hills. His hundreds of Kirtanas in Kannada are the strong testimonies for this assertion.

As the present exploration of Tiruchanoor had been called as “Vadirajapuram” during Vijayanagara days, I thought it might prove a worthy point to estimate the probable year of visit to Tirumala by Sri V. The first reference thus picked up is his unique kavya i.e. Tirtha Prabandha. 

This is in continuation with the previous post (Tiruchanoor as 'Vadirajapuram' that dealt with two inscriptions of Achyutadevaraya and Sadashivaraya of Vijayanagara Empire.

In my search for further references for Vadirajapuram, I have come across with couple of online sources. Amongst them the following text from the said link is of vital importance:


Recently I was going through two books that deal with the inscriptions of Achyutadeva Raya and Sadashiva Raya of Vijayanagara Empire. These books have been published by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams.

During the quick reading of some of the inscriptions therein, I have come across with a curious name i.e. "Vadirajapuram."

Tiruchanoor (Alimelu Mangapuram) which is the abode of Goddess Padmavathi has been called as "Vadirajapuram" in some of the inscriptions of both Achyutadeva Raya and Sadashiva Raya.

Hereunder are the screen shots of the excerpts from books published by TTD: