Koneti Rayala Swamy Temple (also known as Venkateswara Temple) is a famous Hindu Temple of Lord Venkateswara located in Keelapatla Village, Andhra pradesh, 47 km from Chittoor, 55 km from madanapalle, 7 km from palamaner.
- Keelapatla is in forest area with fertile lands,full of bamboo bushes and honey. History says that this temple was constructed by the Regents of Pallava Kings in the 9th and 10th centuries. This temple in Thondu Mandal speaks of the styles of Pallava and Chola culture. Here in the Village of Keelapatla, Lord Venkateshwara is called as Konetirayadu.
When Saint brughu came to earth after kicking on the lord vishnu’s chest and forgiveness by lord about saint’s sin Saint Kashyapa advised him to establish the lord idols in 7 different place which shows the features of lord venkateshwara swamy. So he established(prathista) lord in 7 different place i.e., dwaraka tirupathi(near vijayawada),kalyana venkateshwara swamy (srinivasa mangaapuram) keelapatla (near palamaneru), diguva tirupathi(near mulbaagal, karnataka), etc.., but all these places are hidden by the saint with his magical powers that only the devotees can view. Because there is no existence of lord venkateshwara to the tirumala. that means All these temples are established befor the arrival of Lord venkateshwara to the earth.
After lord’s arrival Brughu came to the existence with agasthya maharshi and the he removed his powers and the common people came to know about these idols(vigraham) under the tree’s. after that the kings came forward to build devasthanams (temples) to the lord venkateshwara swamy of brughu establishments. History says that Sathavahans, Pallavas, Renuti Cholas, Rastrakootas Banus, Chalukyas, Pandyas, Yadava Kings, Vijayanagar Emperors, Matli Kings, Moghul Kings, Arcot Nawabs, Tippu Sultan, Britishers and Palegars ruled over this area.
In the 15th century, the poet Thallapaka Annamacharya praised in his lyrics, Lord Venkateshwara with different names. One lyric begins with the word “Konetirayadu”. This is the famous Annamayya lyric “Podagantimayya mimmu Purushothama, Nedayakuvayya Mammu Koneti Rayadaa”