Sankara explains to Kumaraswamy Venkatachalam is the right place for performing penance

Lord-balaji-hdThe Great Maharshi Agasthya told the assembled devotees, “I will explain about the importance of Kumaradharika. Once upon a time, Kumara Swamy, son of Sankara, killed Tarakasura and due to that he has incurred the sin of Bramha Hathya pathakam (a sin of killing a Vedic scholar). Kumara Swamy pleaded to his father to help him to get rid of this sin. Sankara explained to Kumara Swamy the importance of Narayana maha manthra and asked him to visit Venkatachalam located on the banks of Suvarnamukhi river.

Venkatachalam is the abode of Lord Srimannarayana and has many divine rivers on it. Some of the main waterbodies (thirtha) include Chakra thirtham, Swami thirtham, Mathsya thirtham, Pandava thirtham, Naga thirtham, Bilwa thirtham, Jabali thirtham, Akasaganga thirtam, Papanasanam, Thumburu thirtham, Vamana thirtham, and Kumara thirtham. Whoever remembers these divine waterbodies on Venkatachalam, their sins will be erased. Lord Srinivasa always resides on the bank of Sri Swami thirtham and blesses all devotees whoever remember Lord in the name of Venkateswara.

Lord Sankara advised Kuma:ra Swa:my to go to Ve:nkatachalam and perform penance chanting the Ve:nkatachalapathi’s manthram – “o:m sri: ve:nkate:sa:ya namaha” three times a day in the Kuma:ra thi:rtham. Kuma:ra Swa:my followed his father’s advice and took a divine dip in Chakra thi:rtham and proceeded towards Sri Swamy Puskarini. Bramha Hatya dosha couldn’t follow Kuma:ra Swa:my and it stopped before the Ve:nkatachalam. Kuma:ra Swa:my took bath in Sri Swamy Puskarini and prostrateed in front of the Lord praying – “Oh My Lord! – You are served by Bramha and Rudra and it is my great opportunity to serve you today! Please save me from my curse and remove all my difficulties.” Kuma:ra Swa:my then proceeded in the North-western direction after taking a bath in the Pa:pana:sanam.

Kuma:ra Swa:my sat in the east and performed penance day and night without any food except a few fruits and water. After a long time, Lord appeared to Kuma:ra Swa:my on a full Moon day in Kumbha ma:sa (month), Makha Nakshatra (star) on Wednesday afternoon. Kuma:ra Swa:my saw the beautiful from of Lord Sri:niva:sa holding Sankha & Chakra, with one hand on the waist and another hand pointing to his Lotus feet. Kumar Swamy prostrated before Lord Sri:niva:sa, Sridevi and Bhudevi and prayed to the Lord – “Oh My Lord, Sri:yah Pathi! You are the controller of the universe and I’m prostrating before you”.

jaya de:va! jaganna:tha! jaya! lakshmi: pathe:! hare: |
jaya lo:ke:sa! sarve:sa! do:sha:paha namo:namaha ||

To celebrate this auspicious moment, all the demi gods, sages, Indra, Bramha, Sankara along with Vighne:swara and the battalions, Na:rada, Na:ga, Vaikhanasa:s, Apsara:s, Gandharvas eulogized the Lord in the following way:

jaya jaya ve:nkata saila na:tha! vishnoho! munijanase:vita! se:shasailava:sa|
sakala jana hita:vati:rna! de:va! jaya jaya bhkatajana:bhirama! pa:hi ||

Lord was pleased and blessed Kumara Swamy.

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