Throughout time, God has taken countless names and forms to reassure that He is, and always will be, there for all of us, unconditionally. Some of these forms are living and breathing, while others are silent and stone-like, And among all these silent forms, none is more popular in this day and age than Sri: Venkate:swara, the Majestic Lord Who Resides on the Sacred Seven Hills in Tirumala, India. Temples to Lord Sri: Venkate:swara can be found not only here, but throughout the world. No one can really say for sure when the Supreme Being first stood on the Seven Hills for the sake of all of us. But, what we do know is that about 1000 years ago, people somehow forgot who He was, and a great debate took place about Who this image form was and what His purpose was. It was at this tumultuous moment in history when the great religious teacher and social reformer, Bhagavad Ra:ma:nuja, came to the Seven Hills. He observed the pains of the people in trying out the purpose of the Majestic Form, and decided to put an end to people’s doubts. Using ancient scriptures as evidence, Bhagavad Ra:ma:nuja presented a clear and lucid set of points of how the Supreme Being Himself had taken this unique form as a temple image, for the purpose of redeeming us from our sorrows by reassuring us of His presence.
All these points were put together in a work called “Sri: Venkate:swara Itiha:sa Ma:la”, a Garland of Verses about Sri: Venkate:swara’s History.
Why is it that this form of God is so popular?
LET US ALL LEARN THE SIGNIFICANCE AND GREATNESS OF TIRUMALA! Click on the following links to learn more.
- Sri Venkatachala Mahatmyam(English) – Click here
- Spot on the chin – Click here
- Story of Ananthalwan – Purasai Thota Festival – Click here
- Origin of A:kasa Ganga – Click here
- Srinivasa Kalyanam – Click here
- Pada Padi – Click here
- Important Places in Tirumala – Click here
- Quiz on “Hisotry of Tirumala” – Click here