Questions tagged [venkateshwara]

The Vishnu deity worshipped in the Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple in Tirupati, also known as Balaji or Srinivasa

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What is Shri Venkateshwara Mangalasasana stotram recited for?

What is Shri Venkateshwara Mangalasasana Stotram recited for? Where can I find original text with meaning? (as it's hard to find flawless text on internet)
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Where is the story of Yashoda's complaining not witnessing Krishna's marriages found?

There is a story in relation to Lord Balaji that mother Yashoda could not witness Krishna's marriages and when she was at death bed, she desired that she may witness Krishna's marriage at least in ...
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Where is written that name of Lord Vishnu or Venkateswara is Balaji? [duplicate]

Where in the Hindu scriptures of Vaishnava sects or Vishnu Sahasranama written that name of Lord Vishnu is Balaji? It appears that this is not the name of Shri Vishnu or Venkateswara
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Does BIBI Nanchari has any scriptural evidence? [duplicate]

Many people in South India believes that Bibi Nanchari is a female goddess married to Venkateswara and belongs to the Muslim religion. Is there any scriptural evidence for her or just created in ...
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Which period did Lord Vishnu descend to Tirupathi as Venkateshwara?

There's a famous story about this when Rishis were performing yagam for welfare of the people in Kaliyuga, Maharishi Bhirgu hit Lord Vishnu's chest on seeing who's the supreme. Upon hitting Vishnu's ...
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What are the names of Lord Srinivasa residing in the seven hills of Tirupathi?

Tirupathi consists of seven hills. What are the names of the individual seven hills and what are the synopsis of these hills? What are the names of the five Srinivasans residing in these seven hills?
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If some of the early Alwars used to consider Venkateswara as Shiva and Vishnu both then what's the proof of it?

Venkateswara, AFAIK, is a form of Lord Vishnu. And, Alwars a group of Tamil Vaishnavite saints. But, the article, Sri Venkateswara on the Kamakotimandali.org, says that initially, the Alwars used to ...
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Which scripture contains the story of Lord Venkateswara?

Which authentic Hindu scripture contains the total story of Lord Venkateswara? From where one can read it?
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Origin of the name of Lord Balaji [duplicate]

Does the name Lord Balaji come from Lord of 'Bal Lao Jee' (please bring hair), which later transformed to Balaji? I am trying to find the origin of this specific name of Lord Vishnu
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Which purana states the story of Neela Devi lending hair to Lord Vishnu for covering scar?

Which Puranas has the story of Neela Devi giving hair to Lord Vishnu for covering his scar on head? This is the story famous for giving hair at Tirupati Venkateshwara temple.
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Lord of Happiness Venkateshwara, Godess Mahalakshmi devi and Lord of Wealth Kuberan [duplicate]

I want to know why that Lord Venkateshwara swamy got the credit from Lord Kubera however Goddess Mahalakshmi is wife of MahaVishnu itself.
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What is the story of the seven young male figures shown in Tirupati's inner Gopuram?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just went to the world-famous Tirumala Venkateshwara temple in Tirupati. I noticed something interesting in the Nadimipadi Kavali, the white inner Gopuram of the ...
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Padmavathy consort of Lord Venkateshwara - Who was She?

Sri Venkateshwara was married to the adopted daughter of Akasha Raja Padmavathy Devi (Alamelu Manga). Padmavathy Devi was so named because She appeared at Padma Sarovar at Pushkarini in the Seshachala ...
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Is Malayappa Swamy Vigraha Swambhu/Self Manifested

Swayambhu Vigraha means incarnated figure or an idol which has no human involvement in its creation, generally such Idols/figures are more important and considered to be more sacred than man-made ...
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Why Lord venkateshwara has a white spot on the chin?

Lord venkateshwara is adorned with white camphor (that looks like a white spot) on his chin. What is the story behind this application of camphor at his chin & what's the significance of this?
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How can Kubera give loan to Supreme God Vishnu/Venkateshwara?

Since Lord Vishnu is considered supreme God of universe (at-least from Vaishnava's perspective), so each and every part of universe comes under him. If this is the case how can Kubera lend huge ...
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Why isn't Lord Venkateswara included in avatars of Lord Vishnu? [duplicate]

Why isn't Lord Venkateswara included in avatars of Lord Vishnu even though Lord Venkateswara is a form of Lord Vishnu?
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What's the reason behind Venkateshwara's unusual urdhwapundra?

There are two unusual aspects of Lord Venkateshwara's Urdhwapundra 1) The size of UrdhwaPundra: The Urdhwpundra covers more than 30% of Lord's face, while normally it should cover around 10%. The ...
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In the legend about Venkateswara,what is the relationship between Vedavati and Padmavati?

In the legend about Venkateswara, he marries Padmavati. There is mention about Vedavati. What is the relationship between Vedavati and Padmavati?
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Are non-Hindus allowed inside Tirumala Veṅkaṭēśwara Temple? Do they need to sign a waiver?

Are non-Hindus allowed inside Tirumala Veṅkaṭēśwara Temple? I heard that for a non-Hindu to enter the temple, they need to sign a waiver. Is this true? Also, is it a recent development or restriction? ...
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Why Padmavathi not stayed with Lord Venkateshwara swamy on Seven Hills in Tirumala instead stayed at Tiruchanoor?

Why Goddess Padmavathi not stayed with Lord Venkateshwara swamy on Seven Hills in Tirumala instead stayed/settled at Tiruchanoor? When Goddess Sri Lakshmi met Padmavathi? At which instance or what ...
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Brahmotsavam in Tirupati only and not in other divyadesams

Why Brahmotsavam is celebrated in Tirupati in Aswayuja or Asvin or Purattasi month? Why not in other 105 Divyadesams? Any puranic reference.
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Why are Tirupati temple priests restricted from traveling overseas?

From this news article: When Pandit Venkatacharilu Samudrala first headed West 32 years ago, he wasn't steered by visions of the good life. In fact, Samudrala strongly resisted joining the newly ...
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Avatarams of God [duplicate]

Lord Ranganatha of srirangam or srirangapatna and Lord Venkatachalapathy of Tirupati are not coming under ten Avatars of God Vishnu. Why is it so? Any reference from puranas will be of great help to ...
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What is the story of the cowherd who died of shock after Shrinivasa's Darshan?

In story of Srinivasa/Venkateswara,a Cowherd loses prana by the shocking Darshan of Shriman Narayana. The cowherd must be very lucky man to have died after having darshan of Shriman Narayana and he ...
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Tirupathi Laddu Prasadam

Why laddus are offered as prasadam to Lord Vishnu(i.e Lord Venkateswara) in Tirumala? Is there any reason or story behind this tradition.
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What is the reason/story behind Lord Sri Venkateshwara called as Balaji?

There are many names with which the Lord Venkateswara is called. Of course the sahasranama is devoted to Lord Vasudeva and all his avatars and the one in the question is definitely included. Leaving ...
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Did Sukracharya invite Lord Srinivasa for marriage with Goddess Padmavathi?

When I went to Tirupati a week ago, I read the story of Venkateswara on the walls of the main temple. It says Sukracharya invited Lord Srinivasa for marriage with Padmavathi on behalf of Gods. I could ...
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What is the purpose of Venkateshwar incarnation?

Generally, Gods incarnate for some specific reasons like, destruction of some evil forces, to enlighten people with knowledge, establish dharma, etc. We have seen the same in case of most of Lord ...
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What scriptures describe the story of Vishnu's general Vishvaksena?

It is well-known that Shiva's son Ganesha is the general of Shiva's army of Ganas. What's not as well-known, however, is that Vishnu also has an army, led by the god Vishvaksena. Vishvaksena plays ...
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Vow (Mokku) fulfillment in Tirupati

Scenario: A devotee prays to Tirupati Venkateswara Swamy for accomplishing some task. He takes a vow (mokku) that he will visit the Temple after his task gets accomplished without any obstacles. His/...
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What is the earliest reference to Vedanta Desikan being an incarnation of Venkateshwara's bell?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The 4000 verses of the Alwars were compiled by ...
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How much loan was given to Lord Venkateshwara by Kuber?

In the story of Lord Venkateshwara, He had taken loan from Kuber in order to marry Padmavati. Kubera gave the loan on the condition that Vishnu cannot return to Vaikuntha (heavenly abode) without ...
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Seven doors or seven hills of Lord Vishnu (Venkateshwara)

What do the seven doors of Vaikuntam symbolize for us? I couldn't find any answer. I heard it in a movie that humans should cross the seven doors to finally reach the Lord. I also read in an article ...
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Why does only Uppiliappan have “Mam Ekam Saranam Vraja” written on his hand?

Most people only know about the Venkateshwara form of Vishnu (AKA Balaji or Srinivasa) in connection to the deity of the world-renowned Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple in Tirupati. But that is not the ...
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Why lord Venkateshwara's name is not listed in the avatars of vishnu? [duplicate]

Why is lord Venkateshwara name not listed in avatar of Vishnu?
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Was Lord Venkateshwara's second wife Bibi Nanchari really a Muslim?

Was Lord Venkateshwara's second wife Bibi Nanchari really a Muslim? I searched the wiki, but didn't find any answer to my question.
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Where is the story of Upilliappan in the Brahmanda Purana?

Most people only know about the Venkateshwara form of Vishnu (AKA Balaji or Srinivasa) in connection to the deity of the world-renowned Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple in Tirupati. But that is not the ...
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Who did Vishnu appear before in Thiruvahindrapuram, Bhumidevi or Bhumadevi?

I'm currently visiting India, and I went to the town of Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu. It contains a place called Thiruvahindram, one of the 108 Divya Desams. As I discuss in this question, the Alwars (...
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Who is the sage Pundarika who saw Vishnu coming out of a Shiva Linga?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just passed by a Vishnu temple in the town of Thiruparkadal in Tamil Nadu. Thiruparkadal is Tamil for "ocean of milk" (Kshirsagara in Sanskrit), referring to the ...
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Why is Venkateshwara called a descendant of sage Vasishta?

As I discuss in this question, the book "Venkatachala - Its Glory" by G.V. Chalapathi Rao is an English translation of the Sthala Purana (temple scripture) of the famous Tirupati temple and this ...
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Why does one get their head tonsured and offer the hair to Lord Venkateswara in Tirupati?

Many Hindus who visit Tirumala Venkateswara temple in Tirupati get their head tonsured and offer their hair to Lord Venkateswara. Why is this tradition followed? Why is it only followed in ...
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Why is Shravana Nakshatram considered the “birth star” of Vishnu?

The Venkatachala Mahatmya of the Skanda Purana describes the story of Venkateshwara (the Vishnu deity in Tirupati, AKA Balaji or Srinivasa). This excerpt describes how Brihaspati, guru of the gods, ...
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What is the temple for a “family goddess” in Tirupati that was established by Vishnu himself?

I think there's a temple to some goddess in the vicinity of Tirupati that was established by Vishnu himself. Let me explain. As I discuss in this question, the book "Venkatachala - Its Glory" by G.V....
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Where is the allusion to Venkateshwara in the Taittiriya Upanishad?

During British rule, the town of Tirupati including its world-renowned Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple came to be controlled by the East India Company, starting in 1801. And the first East India ...
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Why is the family deity of Venkateshwara the Sami tree?

As I discuss in this question, the book "Venkatachala - Its Glory" is a translation of the Sthala Purana (temple scripture) of the famous Tirupati temple, and this temple scripture consists of ...
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What were the seven curses said by the goddesses to Lord Vishnu?

It is believed that when Lord Vishnu took the avatar of Venkateshwara Swamy, the goddesses (Lord Vishnu's two wives) gave seven curses to Him. For each curse, Lord Vishnu took one step back from them ...
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Are there any English translations of the Bhavishyottara Purana or just the Srinivasa Kalyana section?

Most people are only familiar with the Bhavishya Purana, one of the 18 Mahapuranas (major Puranas) which deals primarily with prophecies about the future. But the Bhavishya Purana also comes with an ...
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Why does Vishnu tell Padmavathi that he is a member of the Solar dynasty?

The Venkatachala Mahatmya of the Skanda Purana describes how Venkateshwara (the Vishnu deity in Tirupati, AKA Balaji or Srinivasa) meets Padmavathi for the first time. He saves Padmavathi from an ...
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Who is Govindaraja and how is he related to Venkateshwara?

Tirupati is most commonly associated with the world-renowned Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple. But there is another Vishnu temple in Tirupati, the Govindaraja Swami Temple. (This isn't the only ...