Oldest Citizen of Tirupati – Manikyam Bapayamma

December 16, 2017

Manikyam Bapayamma- Oldest Citizen of Tirupati


oldest citizen of tirupati-Manikyam Bapayamma

Manikyam Bapayamma


Kattedura vaikuntamu kanachaina konDa

tettalAya mahimale tirumala konDa     

 vedamulE Silalai velasinadi konDa

yedesa punya rAsule yerulainadi konDa

gadili brahmadi lokamula konalu konDa

Sree devudundeti Seshadri konDa 

Tirumala, in all its right, is heaven. Its powers are indescribable.The Vedas have taken the form of rocks and appeared on Tirumala. Holiness has taken the form of water and is flowing as streams on Tirumala. Its holy peaks are Brahmaloka and other lokas. Srinivasa lives on Seshadri ”  – Tallapaka Annamacharya

Tirumala (Upper Tirupati) The town was an established centre of Vaishnavism around the 5th century A.D. during which it was praised by Alvars. The temple rites were formalised by the Vaishnavite saint Ramanujacharya in the 11th centuryAD.Tirupati survived the Muslim and British invasions. During the early 1300s Muslim invasion of South India, the deity of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam was brought to Tirupati for safekeeping. The temple town for most of the medieval era part of Vijayanagara Empire till 17th century and its rulers contributed considerable resources and wealth notable by Krishna Deva Raya and Achyuta Deva Raya, Sadasiva Raya and Tirumala Deva Raya.The temple was built and upgraded in parts by various kingdoms. The inscriptions in the temple were found in Sanskrit, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada languages which specify the contributions of the Pallava Kingdom around the 9th century AD, Chola Kingdom around the 10th century AD and the Vijayanagara Empire in the 14th century AD. There was no human settlement at Lower Tirupati until the year 1500. With the growing importance of Upper Tirupati, a village formed at the present day Kapilatheertham Road area and was named “kotturu” . It was later shifted to the vicinity of Govindarajaswamy Temple which was consecrated around the year 1130 CE. Later the village grew into its present-day form around Govindaraja Swamy Temple which is now the heart of the city. It has now gained a lot of popularity as a tourism place

Now Taking about the Old Residents of Tirupati we have to talk about Manikyam Bapayamma garu  She’s residing in Tirupati from 1945 She’s 94 years old Manikyam Bapayamma Garu is very much healthy and happy without single health issue.She’s manifestation of Goddess Saraswathi herself,if she speaks 10 words, 8 words will be about music. Garimella Balakrishna Prasad Garu,Shobharaj and many respected personalities in music field treat her as their Guru.Even today we can see Veena,Tambura,Harmonium in her house.She plays Casio even today.She started music at the age of 7,and now music inseparable part of her.Maybe people like her can be called as “Kaarana Janmulu”.This Picture was taken in 1936 after her marriage (Bapayamma Garu is 13 years old) with Shri G.Shiva Shankar Rao Garu Oldest citizen of Tirupati – Manikyam Bapayamma

  • Spandana Harish
Tirupati, Chitoor, 517101
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