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The loan given to Lord Venkateshwara by Kubera was 1.4 million in Ramamudra Coins. The loan was given under the condition if the debtor makes an executory note. The promissory note was dictated by Brahma and Lord Venkateshwara himself wrote it. This, the 7th day of the bright-fortnight of the month of Vysakha in Kaliyuga, The debtor is Srinivasa, ‘the ...


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There is an interesting story behind the how Lord Venkateshwara got that name. This is not because of the confusion of who the deity in Tirumala is. Once upon a time, there was a controversy between various sects of our religion on who is the presiding deity of Tirumala. There were different theories that the deity in Tirumala is Shiva, Shakthi, Kartikeya,...


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A small but popular story is there for this. When Lord Sri Venkateshawara (MahaVishnu/Balaji) was inside the snake-antHill on Tirumala , one sacred cow is to come and give milk to the Lord daily (Brahma took the form as sacred cow), When a cow-herd man at once saw the sacred-cow pouring milk in the snake-ant Hill, he became angry and without understanding ...


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It is due to an action done by Anantāḻvār. (āḻvār is added as a suffix to great bhaktas in Vaishnava tradition like Garudāḻvār etc.,) Anantāḻvār is one of the disciples of Sri Ramanujacharya. After Sri Ramanujacharya has solved the dispute on the identity of the deity on the Tirumala hills, he appointed simhāsanādhipati at that place in the year of 1057 AD. ...


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Yes, Malayappa Swami is swayambhu or self manifest. Malayappa swami is also known as Utsava Beram because he is the processional deity of Tirumala. Malayappa swamy was discovered in a hill which is now named as Malayappa kona. Th legend goes like this. On one occasion, there was a time when fore broke out during Brahmotsavam in Tirumala. The reason was ...


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This is a quite an old image of Sri Uppiliappan perumal, which is present at our home as well, and it does not have the "Charama sloka" printed on the right palm of the perumal. It might be that, his palm facing us indicating the sloka implicitly(which is why tirumalai perumual doesn't have the sloka on his right palm) and like you said, his fingers ...


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Laddu prasadam at tirumala temple is very famous. In fact there is a geographical patent taken by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam(TTD). There is no reference of laddu offering to the lord in puranas. But it is said that specific timings and recipes to cook prasadams are there in vaikhanasa agama which is followed at Tirumala. Lord Venkateshwara is known as ...


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The Skanda Purana has a lot about Venkateswara. From this chapter of the book "Essence of Skanda Purana" (hosted @ Kamakoti.org): Sage Suta prescribed an eight-fold Bhakti Route to Lord Venkateswara: 1)To display and ensure ‘Sneha Bhava’(feeling of friendship) towards His Bhaktas (devotees); 2) To perform service to ‘Bhagavat Bhaktas’and satisfy ...


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Shravana Nakshatra is the Birth Star of Lord Vamana, as it is in Srimad Bhagavatam, here: (SB.8.18.5) śroṇāyāṁ śravaṇa-dvādaśyāṁ muhūrte ’bhijiti prabhuḥ sarve nakṣatra-tārādyāś cakrus taj-janma dakṣiṇam "On the day of Śravaṇa-dvādaśī [the twelfth day of the bright fortnight in the month of Bhādra], when the moon came into the lunar mansion Śravaṇa, at the ...


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So according to sthalapurana (local story) when lord Venkateswara come to Tirupathi hills, he visited Vakuladevi, and she became his foster mother. As you already explained this is linked to Dwapara yuga where Krishna promises Yashoda that in next life he will let her do his marriage, and Yashoda reborn as Vakuladevi. Vakuladevi is a maiden and did not have ...


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Yes, Non Hindus are allowed inside the Tirumala Veṅkaṭēśwara Temple. They need to sign a waiver that they have faith in Lord Veṅkaṭēśwara. This is not a religious restriction. This was passed by the Government of Andhra Pradesh in the April 1990. This had been in vogue for several decades. It was only followed as a tradition and not a rule by only those who ...


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As I discuss in my question here, the Tirupati priests are members of the Vaikhanasa sect. So they wouldn't follow the Baudhayana Dharma Sutras, but rather the Vaikhanasa Dharma Sutras, which you can read here. I just looked through the entire Vaikhanasa Dharma Sutras (it's fairly short), and I didn't find any mention of sea voyages. But I did find this ...


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It does not happen to you, you beget it through your own actions or lack thereof. Such beliefs and traditions serve a more functional purpose, in addition to the divine context they are wrapped in. So, even if one is unable to understand the action of God, one can always understand it in the context of one's own actions or lack thereof. Such vows, and ...


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There is a verse in Dharma Sindhu and also possibly in some other Puranas: tIrthopavAsa kartavya sirasomundanAnicha sirogatAni pApAni yAntimandanatho yatah What it means is whenever one goes on a pilgrimage, be it to a temple, a river or any other sacred place, they should clean-shave their heads because for everyone their 'pāpa' is attached to the hair. ...


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No, the Alwars did not consider Venkateshwara to be both Vishnu and Shiva. The verse that people misinterpret as saying that is verse 63 of Peyalwar's Moondram Thiruvanthathi: tAzh saDaiyum neeNmuDiyum oNmazhuvum chakkaramum soozharavum ponnANum tOnrumAl soozhum | tiraNDaruvi pAyum tirumalaimEl endaikku iraNDuruvum onrAi isaindu || My lord ...


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It's just Vishnu's Lila.. You can see how farcical the situation is in this excerpt from the Sthala Purana (temple scripture) of Tirupati. Vishnu pretended to be so concerned about money that he didn't even want to give food to a messenger. Then he asked for a loan for wedding expenses from Kubera, who said that Vishnu is the supreme lord and all the ...


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According to Hindu Mythology it so simple that parameshwara is other name of Lord shiva venkateshwara is Avatar of Lord Vishnu


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From Skanda Purana: Varaha Deva described to Bhu Devi that Emperor Akash decided to perform a Grand Yagna on the banks of Arani and while tilling, he found a girl child and as he was issueless, brought her up as their own, named as Padmavati...... Varaha Deva narrated the background of Padmavati’s earlier birth as Vedavati to Bhu Devi. ...


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Yes, Padmavati is the next birth of Vedavati.. Here is what Vishnu says in this excerpt from the Venkatachala Mahatmya of the Skanda Purana: Formerly, in the auspicious Treta Yuga, I killed Ravana. At that time the girl Vedavati rendered assistance to Sri (Sita). Lakshmi appeared in the land of Janaka in the form of Sita. In the Panchavati forest, when I ...


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Lord Govindaraja is the God of the place Tirupathi. Venkateswara came to Tirupathi lately. If there are two Vishnu temples in one place, the one who was established first will be called as elder brother of the one who came lately. That's how govindaraja become elder brother of venkateswara. This is followed in many places like, in Kanchipuram Lord ...


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Seven entrances or seven doors are a reference to the mystical plexuses or lotuses of yoga - the muldhara, svadhisthana, manipura, anahata, visuddha, ajna, and sahasrara. It is only after one has gone through each one of these lotuses that the Lord is seen.


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Sri Venkateshwara was not an incarnation of Mahavishnu, he was Mahavishnu incarnate. As his Mangalacharan states श्री वैकुण्ठ विरक्ताय स्वामि पुष्करिणी तटे | रमया रममाणाय वेन्कटेशाय मङ्गलम् || Getting displeased or bored f Shri Vaikunta, the lord came to the shores of Swami Pushkarani (the temple tank) where he frolics with His Consort. Sri Venkatesh ...


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Lord Srinivasa uses the word Divakarakula. [Skanda Purana, Vaishnav Khanda, Venkatachalamahamatmaya, 4.47] Divakarakula means "lineage/clan/dynasty of Surya". The translation provided in the question chooses "family" for kula, but it's more appropriately understood as "lineage", i.e. the Solar Dynasty or the Suryavanshi descendants of Ikshvaku. Lord ...


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