lord srinivasaAccording to legends the Thirumala temple was first built by King Thondaman at the order of Lord Srinivasa. It is believed lord was standing in open with sky as umbrella for a long time. Thondaman built the basic temple. no one knows the exact timing of this construction of sactum sanctorum. Reference to this temple can be found is Tamil literature as early as 2 A.D. So temple must have been in existence far earlier. According to some devotees it is far earlier than 250 millions years. Thondaman built the garbhalayam (sanctum sanctorum) of the temple. All additional structures came much later. Garbhalaya is called as ananda nilayam …the one that gives enormous joy to devotees…it is the place which gives a devotee infinite happiness.Lord Sri Venkateswara is swayambhu, self-manifest. Lord’s image is not carved by either humans or gods. Lord Srimannarayana Himself took the form of a sila murthi to bless us all in this Kaliyug. The Supreme Lord Srimannarayana manifests in five aspects.

They are para (the transcendent), vyuha (the emanating), vibhava (the immanent), antaryami and lastly the archavathara (the form of consecrated image). The first one para rupa is Lord Srimannarayana in vaikuntha seated on Adisesha. In this form He is available only for free souls such as ananta, garuda, sudarsana etc.called nitya-suris . No one else, even devathas can not approach him in para roopa. The second aspect of Srimannarayana is vyuha avatar . This again has four aspects namely vasudeva, sankarshana, pradyumna and anirudha . Even these four aspects of vyuha avtar of lord are in reach of only very greately blessed souls. The third one is called vibhava avatar . In this avatar Lord Srimannarayana is available to all of us. In fact he moves among us as one of us. Sri Rama, Sri Krishna, Vamana etc.are vibhava avathars of Srimannarayana. In The fourth aspect Lord Srimannarayana lives in the hearts of yogis as antaryami and is meditated up on by them.And the fifth aspect is archavathara .

It is in this form He is available to all of us. Lord Srimannarayana takes the form of an idol so that it is easy for all of us to worship him. Archavathara again has many aspects such as divya, manusha, siddha, swayam vyaktha …if the idol of the lord is consecrated by gods it is divya …if it is installed by humans it is called manusha … swayam vyaktha is the supreme among all these as it is the form in which Lord Himself manifests…He is consecrated by neither humans nor devathas…Lord himself takes the form He wishes to bless His devotees. Thirumala and Srirangam come under this aspect of archavatar. In Thirumala thus Lord Srimannarayana Himself is manifest to redeem all of us from miseries of Kaliyug. Lord Srimannarayana is present in ananda nilayam as srinivasa to bless us all…eventhough he is appearing like silaroop (idol) Lord is present Himself in His viswa roop in ananda nilayam…to ordinary mortals like us He appears to be a statue… it is because of Lord’s presence whole area is filled with an air of divinity.

We are all taken to world of unbounded joy as long as we are in the vicinity of ananda nilayam because of presence of parama purusha, the supreme lord. While doing floral alankar to Lord, it is said, that if archakas come in touch with lord’s image they feel as if it is human touch..hands are very tender like human beings…some devotees at times observed lord’s lips moving with a majestic smile…Lord SrimannarayanaHimself is infront of all of us to bless us!…Oh! How blessed all of us are!…always remember that He is the kindest of all. He and He alone knows all our limitations…our weaknesses…our problems…everything about us…your brother, your sister, your spouse, or even your parents many not understand you fully but he knows everything about you…and always remember He is the most affectionate…no one else is more affectionate to you than him …just think of Him with sincerity…you do not have do big yagnas or yagas smaran alone is enough…he will instantly answer your prayers…all your problems will vanish into thin air.

When a devotees stands infront of the Lord, he forgets everything… you are dumbstruck with his majestic, magnificent and most beautiful and ever charming murthi…such is the power of Lord that you can not stare at the moorthi continuously for a few seconds…unknowingly one closes his eyes…we go to Him with so many desires…but the moment you are infront Him you are speechless…an aura of ultimate happiness sweeps across you that you forget everything else in this world…all your desires, all your problems…everything you wanted to seek from Him…all these will not come into your mind at all…you are engulfed by the supreme, devine aura…Oh! Swamy! what a divine darsan?…kindly grant us one more darsan…this is what every devotee feels before leaving Thirumala…Another interesting feature is Lord is not exactly standing in the tribhanga posture.

The murthi has taken a tilt slightly to the left…knees themselves are bent and open slightly outwards… Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi is on the right chest in sitting posture and forms an integral part of Moola Murthi…Lord has an yagnopaveetham (sacred thread) too…we can observe a set of four necklaces and ornaments on the necktoo…Oh! Swamy! How charming You are !…how magnificent you are!… Murthi has armlets too……Lord’s murthi is depicted wearing a dhoti below waist downwards while upper portion is not covered with any garment…the nipples in the chest are prominent… srivaru, as Lord Srinivasa is affectionately called by many devotees, also has a katibandham … Oh! Swamy! when Adisesha with his thousand tongues could not describe even thousandth of your glory what can an ordinary fellow like me?

When even great saints like Bharadwaja could not describe your divya mangala roopa completely what can an ordinary mortal like me?…it is only my poorva janma punya that I am able to write a few lines about you…Oh! Swamy! how merciful you are! Srivari’s feet are magnificent. Annamacharya, the great composer and ardent devotee of Lord Srinivasa describes them in one of his keerthanas as ‘ Brahma kadigina padamu ’…the feet that are served by none other than Lord Brahma himself…it is believed that viraja river, which flows in lord’s vaikuntam flows in the sacred mountains as antarvahini. It flows under lord’s feet in the temple. In the olden days water used to ooze out from the lord’s feet… Except temple archakas no one goes inside the sanctum sanctorum…no devotee, even of the highest authority of land, is allowed inside…we all have to stop at ‘ kulasekhara padi’…Kulasekhara, one of the Tamil Alwars, praises Lord and says he want to be the‘gadapa’ (wooden step) of ananda nilayam so that he can have Lord’s maginificient darsan forever…hence it is called ‘kulasekhara padi’ Lord Srinivasa stands on a padmapeeth, a pedestal of lotus flowers.

It is believed that Sri Adi Sankaracharya when he visited Thirumala placed ‘ Sri Chakram ’below Lord’s moorthi and Dhana Akarshna Yantra ’below Lord’s Hundi …some say this is one of the reasons for the temple attracting thousands of devotees and large amounts of donations… Every devotee’s experience of Lord’s darsan is unique to himself…some say they feel as If Lord is smiling at them…some say they have seen bright tejas, so bright that they could not withstand it’s power and had to close their eyes…some say they had ultimate joy at that instant, a joy which can not be described in words…some say they heard pranava, the omkara at the time of darsan…every one’s experiences are exclusive to themselves…every second a miracle occurs in Thirumala…if one has absolute faith he can experience Lord Balaji’s miracles in day to day life too everyday…the easiest way to get His blessings is by following saranagathi, the doctrine of self-surrender. It is the easiest of all means to get His infinite mercy.

Lord Srinivasa is omniscient and omnipotent. He knows everything what we have done in the past, what we are doing at present and what we intend to do in future. We can not conceal anything from Him. With‘gadapa’ (wooden step) of ananda nilayam so that he can have Lord’s maginificient darsan forever…hence it is called ‘kulasekhara padi’ Lord Srinivasa stands on a padmapeeth, a pedestal of lotus flowers. It is believed that Sri Adi Sankaracharya when he visited Thirumala placed ‘ Sri Chakram ’below Lord’s moorthi and Dhana Akarshna Yantra ’below Lord’s Hundi …some say this is one of the reasons for the temple attracting thousands of devotees and large amounts of donations… Every devotee’s experience of Lord’s darsan is unique to himself…some say they feel as If Lord is smiling at them…some say they have seen bright tejas, so bright that they could not withstand it’s power and had to close their eyes…some say they had ultimate joy at that instant, a joy which can not be described in words.

Some say they heard pranava, the omkara at the time of darsan…every one’s experiences are exclusive to themselves…every second a miracle occurs in Thirumala…if one has absolute faith he can experience Lord Balaji’s miracles in day to day life too everyday…the easiest way to get His blessings is by following saranagathi, the doctrine of self-surrender. It is the easiest of all means to get His infinite mercy. Lord Srinivasa is omniscient and omnipotent. He knows everything what we have done in the past, what we are doing at present and what we intend to do in future. We can not conceal anything from Him. With‘gadapa’ (wooden step) of ananda nilayam so that he can have Lord’s maginificient darsan forever…hence it is called ‘kulasekhara padi’ Lord Srinivasa stands on a padmapeeth, a pedestal of lotus flowers. It is believed that Sri Adi Sankaracharya when he visited Thirumala placed ‘ Sri Chakram ’below Lord’s moorthi and Dhana Akarshna Yantra ’below Lord’s Hundi.

Some say this is one of the reasons for the temple attracting thousands of devotees and large amounts of donations… Every devotee’s experience of Lord’s darsan is unique to himself…some say they feel as If Lord is smiling at them…some say they have seen bright tejas, so bright that they could not withstand it’s power and had to close their eyes…some say they had ultimate joy at that instant, a joy which can not be described in words…some say they heard pranava, the omkara at the time of darsan…every one’s experiences are exclusive to themselves…every second a miracle occurs in Thirumala…if one has absolute faith he can experience Lord Balaji’s miracles in day to day life too everyday…the easiest way to get His blessings is by following saranagathi, the doctrine of self-surrender. It is the easiest of all means to get His infinite mercy. Lord Srinivasa is omniscient and omnipotent.

He knows everything what we have done in the past, what we are doing at present and what we intend to do in future. We can not conceal anything from Him. Withthe recommendation from supreme mother goddess Sri Maha Lakshmi he forgives all our faults and bestows his blessings.Narayana anuvaka goes like this…H e is the thousand headed god. He sees all things and He is the source of welfare of all the creation. Narayana is the world. He is the unchanging master. He is eternal and auspicious. Narayana is the supreme light. Narayana pervades everything in the world. He is the paratatwa, param jyothy and paramatmaIt is believed all devathas visit Lord in the night after the temple is closed. Everyday before closing the temple in the night temple archakas keep sacred water in a golden vessel for the devathas to offer prayers to lord srinivasa. It is believed that many times the vessel will be half empty by morning.

Priests and temple officials take this sacred water as theerthamWe can not see lord’s sacred feet except on Friday morning during ‘ nija pada darsanam ’. At all other times Lord’s feet are covered by sacred tulasi leaves. Tulasi is very dear to Lord Srimannarayana. Lord is very pleased if anyone offers prayers to Him with tulasi leaves. Tulasi is the most sacred plant in this universe… any flower which is used once in puja of any Lord cannot be re-used… but tulasi can be re-used in puja…while staying on the sacred Thirumala hills, by just thinking of tulasi which Lord beloves most, one is relieved of all miseries. Lord Srinivasa is the supreme…most affectionate… by praying Him we can easily get rid of sins committed in thousands of previous births…Oh! Swamy! bless us with your infinite mercy… Om Namo Venkatesaya…Om Namo Srinivasaya…Om Namo Narayanaya…

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