Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple in Dwaraka Tirumala
is situated between Krishna and Godavari
rivers. The presiding deity is Lord Venkateshwara(Lord Vishnu
) whose self manifested idol was unearthed by a saint named Dwaraka. It is said that the saint found it after a severe penance in a valmikam (anthill).
The amazing feature of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple is the two main idols of the Lord, seen under one Vimana Sikharam. One idol is a full and complete statue and the other is a half statue of the upper portion of the Lord. Another interesting feature of the temple is that no Abhishekam (ceremonial cleansing of the Lord's idol) is done here because even a small drop of water that falls down distrubs the red ants beneath the idol. According to this temple tradition, two Kalyanotsavams are performed every year during the months of Vaisakha (April and May) and Aswayuja (September and October). This temple is also called as Sudersana Kshetram.