Glories of Lord’s Form or Posture in Tirumala Temple:
Bhavishyottara Purana describe the Lord’s bewitching postures The Lord’s lower arms are held in a unique pose. The right arm is held in the “Vara Mudra”, with the fingers pointing to His lotus feet, telling us that it is they (His tiruvadi) that form both our everlasting refuge and also the strategy to attain the same. Since this posture indicates the granting of the ultimate boon (“Varam”) of His tiruvadi, it is known as “Vara Mudra”.
The lower left hand is held at the hip, slightly bent inwards, assuring us not to be terrified of the unfathomable ocean of Samsaara, which would only be hip-deep to those who perform Sharanagati at His lotus feet, as indicated by His right palm. The following slokas from the Bhavishyottara Purana describe the Lord’s bewitching postures and their purport-
“darsayan paaNinaikena dakshiNena Vrishaakapi:
Pada padmam gatim cha paramaam nrinaam
kati nyasta kareNaapi nija paadaabja gaaminaam
nrunaam bhava payo raasim kati daghnam pradarsayan
viraajate Venkatesha: sampratyapi ramaapati: ||”.
Thus Srinivasa’s postures are indicative of the incomparable combination of His Paratvam and Soulabhyam, both of which are required for the protection of mortals, for, Supremacy without accompanying mercy and related traits would make for a tyrant, while mere accessibility without requisite Supremacy would render the Lord well-meaning but impotent and incapable of protecting us. It is this winning combination of complementary and supplementary virtues which makes Srinivasa unique and matchless.
It is also noteworthy that the Lord of Tiruvenkatam points to His tiruvadi with His open right palm, symbolically indicating the Bhagavat Gita dictum to surrender to Him–“Maam Ekam sharanam vraja!”, thereby confirming that this Lord is indeed Sri Krishna (Venkata Krishna) of the kaliyuga.
BhavishyOttara Puraan: The BhavishyOttara Puraana furnishes the example of a brahmin called Maadhava, who had slipped from being a pious and devout paragon of virtues, to a condemnable existence with all sorts of unbecoming conduct. The moment this Madhava accidentally he touched the Venkatachala Hills, all the sins residing in his him burnt themselves out and exited from his body with a great noise and flame, proving to the astounded onlookers the efficacy of the Hills and of its presiding deity in destroying accumulated misdeeds, just as the fire annihilates rubbish. Bhavishyottara Purana considers Tiruvenkatamudayaan verily as Sri Krishna Himself and equates the ant hill from which the Lord emerged to be Sri Devaki, the Tamarind tree atop it to be Sri Vasudeva, Sri Balarama, avataara of Sri Adisesha, as Seshaachalam, the hallowed hilly terrain of Tirumala as Mathura, the Swami Pushkarini asYamuna nathi and the varied fauna and flora of the hills, which spend their lives in the service of the Lord, as the Gopa kanyaas. It is also noteworthy that the Lord of Tiruvenkatam points to His tiruvadi with His open right palm, symbolically indicating the Bhagavat Gita dictum to surrender to Him–“Maam Ekam sharanam vraja!”, thereby confirming that this Lord is indeed Sri Krishna (Venkata Krishnan) of the kaliyuga.