As promised, I am writing about the place that i visited recently. The place is called as Tirupati – one of the most important pilgrimage shrines for Hindus all over India. So, the history of this place goes something like this:
History of Tirupathi:
The venkatam hill is believed to be a part of the celestial mount meru brought to the earth from vaikuntam by garuda (Lord’s vehicle),say the puranas.The Hills are said to be a manifestation of Adi Sesha (the cosmic serpent).The Seven hills of the Tirumala are the said to represent the Seven hoods of Adi Sesha. ccording to the Puranas, Lord Vishnu stayed on the earth for some time in the Avatar of Swetha Varaham and rose out of pushkarini as Swayambhuva. His spouse Lakshmi Devi appeared in Thirucharnur. This Swwtha Varaha Avatharam was installed in the temple situated to the west of Swamy Pushkarni.
This place – Tirumala/Tirupathi is a seven hill pilgrimage. The seven peaks are called Seshadri, Vedadri, Garudadri, Anjandri, Vrishabhadri, Narayandri and Venkatadri (Adri in sanskrit means Hill).The Venkatam hill is believed to be a part of the celestial mount meru, brought to the earth from Vaikuntam by Garuda.The sacred temple of Sri Venkateswara is located on the seventh peak,Venkatdri and there are several legends associated with the manifestation of the lord in Tirumala. The shrine of the lord is very ancient and there are ample references to it in the early inscriptions belonging to the Chola and Pallava periods as well in the Sangam literature.
The abode of the lord is about 10 Km north-west of Tirupati and there are footsteps leading to the hill as well as two separate serpentine roads to reach the shrine. According to legend ,God Vishnu revealed himself earlier in the previous incarnations as Varahaswamy on the banks of the present temple tank..This manifestation of the white boar (Sveta Varaham) is enshrined in the Adi Varahaswany temple situated on the northeastern banks of the tank.
Lord Vishnu is adorned with precious diamond crown worth Rs 30 Crores. On the right side of Lord Vishnu’s chest, there is a clear impression of Goddess Lakshmi, his consort.
The Pallavas of Kanchipuram (9th century AD) ,Cholas of Tanjore (10 century) , Pandyas of mathura and Vijayanagara pradhans (14th & 15th centuries) were committed devotees of Lord Venkateswara.
More detailed info on this pilgrimage can be found on many webpages like http://balaji.sudarshana.org/tirupati-history.htm
This place is easily reachable from Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, and from many parts of Karnataka, Andra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
Somethings of this place is famous all over the world- this is one of the very few shrines in India, where the number of pilgrims and the collection of money given to god exceeds than any other place. They also have this weird system of controlling the inflow of money as well as the pilgrims. Every day, volunteers of this temple, take turn in counting the money that has been to god – in the name of daana, that it takes them hours together to do. Then, the pilgrims are given a certain time where they can enter the temple and take a look at the lord. Each devotee when his time comes to be in the temple, is asked to stand in a queue for hours together and then there are >50 cells/rooms where the devotees entering are clubbed and then sent inside the temple in batches.
Trust me, it is not good – the way i am discribing how we go to get the Lord’s darshan, but we all go there for a purpose, “to remove our sins, and to come out clean” 🙂 So that way, what ever we go through is nothing than to get our sins washes…!! this is what my mom tells me and i write it like this….!!!
While coming back, i shot some pictures, here is one of them and you can view more here http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunayana-photogallery/ also pls feel free to comment if you like any picture there. 🙂