Situated around 160 km from Hampi, Mantralayam is a small village situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra river. It is considered sacred by the followers of Raghavendra Swami, a saint who lived in the 17th century. It is said that the saint entered into jeeva samadhi (a form of meditation in which a saint can leave his physical form even while he is alive) in front of his disciples. The village has the brindavanam (tomb) of the saint. The tomb is popularly known as Sri Raghavendra Brindavan and is visited by thousands of devotees every year. It is said that the saint lived on even after he had relinquished the material world and that he will continue to dwell in this form till the completion of 700 years from the time he attained samadhi. The village also has the Manchalamma Temple, dedicated to an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva's consort. Most devotees offer their prayers here before proceeding to Sri Raghavendra Brindavan.

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