The village of Dwaraka Tirumala is located in West Godavari District. It is popular for its temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. The village is about 40 kilometres from the town of Eluru and is also referred to as Smaller Tirupati by devotees. The village is named after a saint called Dwaraka, who is said to be the one to have brought the self-manifested idol of Lord Venkateswara after doing a hard penance in an anthill.


One of the features of the temple is that it houses two main idols in the sanctum sanctorum. One of the idols is in the complete form, while the other shows just the upper part of Lord Venkateswara. It is the second idol that was placed here by Sage Dwaraka, but the priests of ancient times did not think it was proper to worship the Lord without worshipping His feet. Hence, the full statue was installed in the temple and is located behind the self-manifested idol.