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is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.As per the legend, Saint Ramanuja born in 11th Century AD when climbed the seven hills of Tirupati, Lord Venkateshwara appeared before him and gave him his blessings. After that he is believed to have been blessed to live till the ripe age of 120 years to spread the gospel of Sri Venkateshwara
Devotees visit Tirumala on the day of Ekadashi in the month of Vaikunta, when all the pilgrims in the abode of God will be forgiven of all their sins.it is believed that they would also attain the salvation after they die.Devotees offer their hair to the Lord which symbolizes leaving of the ego.The act of shaving the head is a long standing ritual associated with Tirumala.
The ancient and sacred temple of Shri Venkatesswara is located on the seventh peak, Venkatachala (Venkata Hill) of the Tirupati Hill, and lies on the southern banks of Shri Swami Pushkarini.He is also called the Lord of the Seven Hills.
The temple of Shri Venkateshwara has acquired unique sanctity in hindus. The Sashtras and Puranas say that, in the KaliYuga, one can attain mukti,by worshipping Shri Venkateswara. Shri Venkateshwara is described as the great bestowed of boons.
There is ample literary and epigraphic testimony to the antiquity of the temple of Lord Sri Venkateswara.Rich offerings and contributions were offered to the shrine by the dynastic personalities since very ancient times,which is as follows,In the 9th century AD,the Pallavas of Kancheepuram,In 10th century,the Cholas of Thanjavur , the Pandyas of Madurai, and In 14th - 15th century AD, the kings and chieftains of Vijayanagar
It was during the rule of the Vijayanagar dynasty that the contributions to the temple increased. Sri Krishnadevaraya had statues of himself and his consorts installed at the portals of the temple, and these statues can be seen to this day. There is also a statue of Venkatapati Raya in the main temple.
Shri Venkatachala Mahatmya is referred to in several Puranas, of which the most important are the Varaha Purana and the Bhavishyottara Purana.
The printed work contains extracts from the Varaha Purana, Padma Purana, Garuda Purana, Brahmanda Purana, Markandeya Purana, Harivamsa, Vamana Purana, Brahma Purana, Brahmottara Purana, Aditya Purana, Skanda Purana and Bhavishyottara Purana.
Most of these extracts describe the sanctity and antiquity of the hills around Tirumala and the numerous teerthams situated on them.
The legends taken from the Venkatachala Mahatmya and the Varaha Purana, pertaining to the manifestation of the Lord at Tirumala, are of particular interest.
According to the Varaha Purana, Adi Varaha manifested Himself on the western bank of the Swami Pushkarini, while Vishnu in the form of Venkateswara came to reside on the southern bank of the Swami Pushkarini.