Mangalagiri literally means ‘the holy hill’. It is a pilgrimage centre. It is believed that Mangalagiri is the Thodatri of olden days, one of the eight places where Lord Vishnu manifested himself. It is situated between Vijaywada and Guntur in Andhra Pradesh. One can reach here on road by a bus either from Vijaywada or Guntur or Tenali. It also has a railway station by the name,’Mangalagiri station’. People can visit the places of their interest here by taxi or auto rickshaws. Mangalagiri is also famous for Hand-loom dress material production.
There was a temple built by Raja Vasireddi Venkatadri Naidu in this city during the 18th century which was made as a dedication for Lord Panakala Narasimha Swamy. The devotees offer Jaggery water to the lord here. There is another temple in the down hill. It is believed that Yudhishtira (eldest of pandavas) installed the main deity in this temple. The picturesque hill was even visited by the great Sri Krishna Deva Raya. This holy place is also visited by the followers of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as his foot prints can be seen near the temple.
There are many tourist attractions here in Mangalagiri and around it. Some of them being Undavalli Caves, the Chinna Jeeyar ashram that is located at Seeta Nagaram, Bhavani Island, and Jain temple, Amravati, Uppalapadu Bird sanctuary and the Kanakadurga temple.