Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Swamy
Tirumala Venkateswara Swamy is one of the richest temples in India. It is located in Tirupati, Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. It is located on the hill town of tirumala which has seven peaks, each peak designates individual Hindu gods known as Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrushabhadri, Narayanadri, and Venkatadri. Tirupati is also called as Kaliyuga Vaikunta. It is one of the richest pilgrimage place, people from all corners of the world visit. According to data more than 100000 devotees visit the temple.
Legend of Tirumala temple: According to the temple scripture, Sage bhrugu visited Satya loka which is the abode of lord Bhrahma, he was busy in praising Lord Vishnu, and didn’t recognise the visit of sage bhrugu, he felt Lord Bhrahma is unfit to worship. Later he reached Kailasa which is the abode of Lord Shiva, even he was busy and didn’t notice his presence. At last he visited Vaikunta which is the abode of Lord Vishnu, even he was busy with Godess Mahalakshmi. Sage bhrugu got angry and kicked the chest, which is said to be the place of Mahalakshmi. In the process to cool the angry of Sage bhrugu, lord Vishnu tried pierced the extra eye which is present in the sole of his foot. This extra eye is believed to represent the sage's egotism.
With the act of sage, Sri Mahalakshmi was anger on Lord Vishnu and left Vaikunta. Unable to stay in lonely vaikunta, lord came down to earth and was meditating without food and sleep. Unable to his situation, Lord bhrahma and shiva taken the form of cow and its calf to serve. The cow reached the cattle of chola country. The cow used to feed Lord Vishnu who was medicating by automatically pouring milk into the ant hill wherein Lord Vishnu was meditating. Once it was seen that cow was empting its udder at the ant hill, cowheard wanted to punish the cow, however lord Vishnu rose from the ant hill to save the cow.
One day Lord Srinivasa who went to forest to hunt, he chased wild elephant. With the sight of elephant, princess padmavati and her maids were afraid and started pelting stones. Injured srinivasa reaced to vakula devi and narrated the whole story. Vakuladevi learnt from the maids of padmavati devi that even she was pinning for srinivasa. Both Lord Srinivasa and Padamavathi were ready to get married with acceptance of their elders. In order to overcome marriage expenses lord Srinivasa sought a loan of 11,400,000 gold coins with Lord Kubera. Understanding the commitment of Lord Vishnu towards Godess Mahalakshmi, she chose to live in his heart forever.
Famous Temple Activities:
In remembrance of the act, devotees offer donation so that lord can payback whole money along with interest to lord Kubera. People also offer head tonsure, as when lord srinivas got hurt on his head, small portion was bald. Unable to see such an attractive face having a mark, Princess Neela Devi offered some of her hair and covered the part.
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