"Dwaraka Tirumala" which is also called as "Chinna Tirupati" is popular pilgrim center located near Eluru 15km distance from Bhimadole junction which is in between Vijayawada and Rajahmundry State Highway. It is called Dwaraka Tirumala after the great saint 'Dwaraka' who self manifested the idol of Lord Venkateswara after severe penance in a ‘Valmikam’ (ant hill). The north indian rivers like Ganges and Yamuna and south indian rivers like Krishna and Godavary are considerd as holy rivers as the north indian rivers goes all the way up to the origin and the south indian rivers all the way down to the mouth of the sea. There are also numerous shrines and holy bathing ghats to these rivers. The devotees who cannot go the the Tirumala Tirupathi, can offer there donations, prayers and worship in Dwaraka Tirumala temple.
The mythology says that Aja Maharaja, the Grand father of Lord Sri Rama also worshiped Lord Venkateswara for his marriage. On his way to the ‘Swayamvaram’ of Indumati, he passed by the temple but not offered any prayers in the temple. Eventhough the bride Indumati garlanded him he had to face a battle with the kings who attended Swayamvaram. After realizing that the battale is due to ignoring the temple on his way prayed Lord Venkateswara to his surprise all the kings stopped the battle immediately.
In Dwaraka Tirumala there are two main idols under one Vimana Sikharam. One idol is a full and complete statue and the other is a half statue of the upper portion of the form of the Lord. The upper portion is a self-manifested idol by Sage "Dwaraka". The saints of the yore felt that the prayers to the Lord are not complete without worshipping his holy feet. So, the saints joined together and installed a full statue behind the self-manifested idol, to worship the feet of the Lord according to Vaikhanasa Agamam. It is said that the prayers offerd to smaller statue leads to Moksha and the big form stands for Dharma, Artha and Kama. The Tiru kalyanotsavam is celebrated twice a year one for the self manifested idol in the month of “Vaisakha” and the other for the installed idol in the month of “Aswayuja”.
The beauty of the main temple is a Architecture with its five-storied main Rajagopuram facing the south and three other gopurams on the other three sides. The main temple is a masterpiece of South Indian Architecture with its five-storied main Rajagopuram facing the south and three other gopurams on the other three sides.