Divine Lakes on Venkatachalam

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After hearing the account of Agastya seeing the divine mountain Venkatachalam, King Janaka requested Vamadeva to give further details about the divine water bodies on Venkatachalam, their significance and the benefit one would get by taking bath in them. Vamadeva responded, “It is not possible to describe the greatness of the sacred ponds in detail. Even hundreds of years would not suffice to share all the glories and greatness. Let me share in brief about the thirty-five divine lakes
that Sage Agasthya saw on the Venkatachalam :
1. Varaham
2. Vamanam
3. Soumyam
4. Panchanadam
5. Silatoyam
6. Mahathirtham
7. Padma Sarovar
8. Aparam
9. Papanasanam
10. Aindram
11. Vayavyam
12. Varunam
13. Bramhathirtham
14. Aghaghnam
15. Agneyam
16. Sarvakamadam
17. Panchathirtham
18. Gowrithirtham
19. Asvinam
20. Parameswaram
21. Chakrathirtham
22. Sankhathirtham
23. Vijayam
24. Vimalam
25. Sokanasanam
26. Matsyam
27. Kaurmam
28. Garudam
29. Pandavam
30. Mayamayam
31. Mahathirtham
32. Kandavam
33. Kahalam
34. Dadimam
35. Madhuram

On the northern side of the hill there are six more punya thirthas namely :
a) Salivahanam
b) Roganam
c) Santham
d) Sakaladukha prasam
e) Krushna nidhyanam
f) Swamy Thirtham

Of all the thirthas, Swamy Thirtham is the most divine one. It is also called Swami Pushkarini. Lord Srinivasa along with Lakshmidevi spend their pleasure time around the shore. All the animals come to Pushkarini to drink water. Pushkarini is well known for having crystal clear water. It is not humanly possible to describe about its greatness. Pushkarini is well known and is worshipped by all the devatas. Just saying “Swami Pushkarini” in the morning can help one attain a higher state in their life. If one takes bath or drinks the water, they would reach heaven in a special divine plane. People will get rid of their sins, improve their health and get happiness without worries in their lives.

Sage Vamadeva continued “Hey King Janaka! Lord Srimannarayana Himself told all the sages and devatas that Swami Pushkarini is as holy as River Ganga in eradicating the sins of people”. Hearing this, King Janaka requested the sage to describe in detail about the glories of Swami Pushkarini. The sage agreed and proceeded to tell the story of King Sankha and his devotion towards the Lord Srinivasa and the advice he received from the Lord.

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