Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara swamy Temple
Tirupati Venkateswara Temple is one of two divya desams in Andhra Pradesh. There are 108 divya desams in India. They are mentioned in prayers of Alvars (saints) who are supreme devotees of lord Vishnu. Sri Venkateswara ,the supreme lord of the universe, has manifested himself on Venkadadri to respond to prayers and fulfill desires of devotees as a master boon-giver. And Tirumala known as the vaikuntam of this Kali yuga. He gives a glimpse of his vision everyday to his devotees and redeem them. Thousands of devotees visit this shrine to have a glimpse of the divinely auspicious idol of Lord Balaji even for a moment.
Importance of Tirupati Venkateswara Temple
Venkatadri samam sthanam Brahmande Nasti Kinchena ! Venkatesa samo devo Na bhutho na bhavishyathi !!
“There is no place equivalent to Venkatadri in this entire universe. Also no God is equal to Lord Sri Venkateswara, nor shall there be any in future.“This is the meaning of the above verse. Tirumala is unique shrine highlighted with Pushkarini, Punya theerthas, daily services offered with regal grandeur to the Lord, Brahmotsavas and Laddu prasad. (prepared by T.T.D.)
Eastern ghats run close to the coast up to the river Krishna taking inward bend they split into three ranges. They start in Kurnool and Ananthapur districts, stretched to Tirumala. The puranas compare the above range as huge recumbent serpant. And locate the Mallikarjuna temple of Srisailam on it’s tail, the Narasimha temple of Ahobilam on it’s back, the Sri Venkateswara temple on the back of the hood and Sri Kalahasthiswara temple of Kalahasthi at the opening of the mouth.
Puranas mentioned about Tirupati Venkateswara Temple
Varaha purana, Padma purana, Garuda purana, Brahmanda purana, Markandeya, Harivamsa, Vamana, Brahma, Brahmottara, Aditya, Skanda, and Bhavishyottara puranas. Most of these extracts describe the sanctity and greatness of the hills round Tirumala and of numerous theerthas situated on them. The following legends are taken from Harivamsa, Brahma, Brahmanda and Bhavishyottara puranas.
Tirupati Venkateswara Temple History
Once Vayu deva and Aadi Sesha disputed their relative strength. Hence Sesha wound his long body round a part of Meru and challenged Vayu to move it. Vayu did his best to shake the hillock but could not. Ultimately Sesha opened his mouth to breathe and taking advantage of it, Vayu entered his body and blew off part of the hill. After the hill had travelled a long distance, Meru interfered and requested Vayu to leave it there and the later did so. Ashamed of his defeat, Sesha did penance. Lord Vishnu appeared and gave boon to live on Seshachala.
As legend once on the bank Ganga ,sages assembled to perform Yagna. They are in a confusion, which god they indeeded pleasing with yajna. They requested sage Bhrigu, to solve problem by examining the three chief divinities. He first went to the abode of Brahma and found busy chanting vedas. Then he went to Kailasa .Again found Siva busy in sporting with his consort and not taking notice of Bhrigu arrival and presence.
Finally went to Vaikuntha and found vishnu busy with Lakshmi. Bhrigu with anger kicked Vishnu on his chest. Vishnu immediately got up ,messaged his foot and enquired if it had been injured.Pleased with kind attention paid by Vishnu, Bhrigu returned to the sages and advised them to dedicate the yajna to Vishnu.Lakshmi was angered as Bhrigu kicked the resort on the bosom of the Lord.She went to Kolhapur to stay there,leaving Vishnu. Unable to bear the solitude Vishnu left Vaikuntha.In course of time he came to Seshachala,found it sufficiently interesting and settle down on the mountain in an ant-hill,on the bank of swamipushkarini.
Lord Srinivasa married Akasaraja’s daughter Padmavati.Very soon after the marriage Akasaraja died and his brother Tondaman got kingdom Thondamandalam.He was Rangadasa in previous birth.So for Lord he built a fine adobe for his residence and performed number of utsavas for the Lord.