Padmavathi

Sanskrit: पद्मावती
Padmavathi
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Other namesAlamelumanga
Teluguపద్మావతి
AffiliationLakshmi
AnimalsElephant
MountElephant
ConsortVenkateswara

Padmavathi (Telugu: పద్మావతి, Sanskrit: पद्मावती) also known as Alamelu manga[1] (often spelled "Padmavathi" or "Padmavathy"), is a Hindu devi. Believed to be a form of Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of Elemental Prakriti, Padmavathi is the consort of Sri Venkateswara and an incarnation of Goddess Mahalakshmi. The name Padmavati is Sanskrit for "she who emerged from lotus". The most prominent shrine of Padmavathi is Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple situated at Tiruchanur, a suburb of Tirupati City. Tradition dictates that every pilgrim to Tirupati must offer obeisance at this temple before visiting the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple.

Etymology

Padmavathi is a sanskrit name which means "she who emerged from lotus". She is also referred to as Alamelumanga in Telugu[2] and Alarmelmangai in Tamil which translates conjoint of the words Alar (lotus) and Mel(aloft or up); Mangai means "(lady)".[citation needed]