Venkateswara's temple was built as per the principles of
Vaastu. The temple faces east, the deity is placed in west,
facing east. It is covered by mountains on all sides except
northeast. A pond is located to the northeast of the temple. A
waterfall is in the northern direction and the water from it
is used for the holy bath of the main deity every day. For
those who believe in Vaastu, all this is one of the reasons
why it is one of the richest and most popular places of
worship in the world.
are many other reasons.
love Krishna but unlike Shivji He is a difficult God to
please. Shivji is called Bhola (simple) because he is easily
pleased with rituals and penance. Krishna on the other hand
does not strike an easy bargain. He wants you to surrender
totally. He requires your total love and attention. So I find
Balaji approachable because it is only in this form, that
Krishna (Incarnation of Lord Vishnu) makes deals, as He owes
money to Kubera which he has to repay. He will listen to
your pleas if you help in relieving the debt that He owes. How
did He get into such a financial crunch? You guessed it,
because Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth had a misunderstanding
with her husband and left him! Shocked?, well read on.
week I had promised to tell you how the Lord came to live upon
Sage Narada came to visit his father who is Brahma. Brahma was
worried that man was falling prey to his animal instincts
during Kaliyuga. So sage Narada met some sages who were
commencing a great sacrifice to minimize the evil influence.
Narada asked the sages who the presiding deity was to be.
After much debate it was agreed that Sage Bhrigu undertake the
difficult task of finding out who the most 'Satvic' (pure) in
nature is amongst the Divine Trio, so that he could enjoy the
honor of becoming the presiding deity.
Rishi went to the court of Brahma first of all. The
latter did not accord the respect that he should have to
Bhrigu Rishi's visit. In fact Brahma got annoyed at the fact
that Bhrigu Rishi had entered the palace without waiting for
his permission. Bhrigu Rishi's next visit was to Shivji. The
latter was peeved with Bhrigu for having come to his private
chamber, at an inappropriate time. Bhrigu Rishi had felt
insulted by both Brahma's and Shivji's attitude. Next
Bhrigurishi proceeded to the Ocean of Milk where Vishnu was
reclining on His serpentine bed. Bhrigurishi angrily kicked
upon the chest of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu apologised for
hurting Bhrigu's feet as the latter had hit against the Lord's
iron-like chest! Lord Vishnu's humility brought tears to
Bhrigu Rishi's eyes. Bhrigu Rishi concluded that Lord Vishnu
was undoubtedly more Satvic (pure) than Brahma and
Vishnu was lauded for His magnanimity. However Goddess Laxmi
felt humiliated and insulted, since Bhrigu Rishi had
kicked Lord Vishnu on His chest and the chest of Vishnu is
MahaLaxmi's abode. She left Vaikuntha (Heaven) and her Lord in
soon as Goddess Laxmi left, all beauty departed with her. Lord
Vishnu could not bear to live in Vaikuntha for a moment
longer. He walked through half of the world without food or
water. He finally reached the serpentine hills of
Sheshaadri (A hill in Tirumala). It felt like home. Lord
Vishnu found an anthill. He entered a cave-like hole and sat
there to meditate.
is MahaLaxmi herself who appeared to a great Sage while he was
uttering Vedic mantras. In her earlier life, she was called
Vedavathi. The sage found through divine insight that only
Lord Vishnu was fit enough to be her husband.
her subsequent life, Vedavathi, as a baby, was found in a
casket lying over a big lotus.
priest solemnly proclaimed that the child was an incarnation
of Mother Laxmi and she should be named 'Padmavathi' (The
lotus born one).
Vishnu (as Venkateshwara) met Padmavathi and was enamoured by
her. He decided to marry her, but was short of funds for the
wedding celebrations (as Laxmi was not with Him yet)
So he approached Kubera for a loan. Kubera agreed to give him
the funds with the understanding that Lord Venkateshwara would
pay the interest during Kaliyuga and the principle thereafter.
the marriage was solemnised.
what are you waiting for? Go ahead make a deal with the Lord
of the Hills. He fulfills your wish and you contribute to the
payment of the interest that the Lord owes to Kubera for His
how could I forget to tell you that Laxmi understood the 'Leela'
(Drama) of the Lord and how this whole episode had come to
pass so that the Lord may reside on Earth during Kaliyuga, and
fulfill easily and quickly the devotees' wishes. So She
returned to Him and She also dwells in Tirupati.
Adinarayana Guduru (adi_guduruyahoo.co.in)
This article is full of knowledge. You have captured the
story of Lord Venkatesha in best shortest form, with the
simplest English. Even a vernacular student (like me) is
able understand the Leela (the divine mystic plan) of
Some doubts I have & I hope to get some
clarifications from you. And, please pardon me, if I am
wrong as I am in no position to put question to your
Vast Knowledge, (I'm like a candle before the sun of
In the article, you mentioned that Sage Bhrigu was
appointed for examining the Divine Trio for the Satvic
nature. But as my father used to tell me the story (when
I was a kid) that Sage Durvasa, was the one appointed
for the task. As he was very short tempered (because of
an eye he had in the sole of his one leg).
When sage Durvasa angrily kicked upon the chest of Lord
Vishnu. Lord Vishnu apologized for hurting Durvasa's
feet as the latter had hit against the Lord's iron-like
chest and proceeded to massage his feet. And doing so he
reached to his feet and plucked the eye from the sage's
sole. As soon as the eye of anger & dignity was
plucked from the feet of the sage, he bowed before Lord
Vishnu and apologized for his misbehaviour. Then Rishi
Durvasa concluded that Lord Vishnu was undoubtedly more
Satvic (pure) than Brahma and Mahesh.
You wrote that Goddess Padmavati, in her earlier life,
was Vedavati. But again as per my father, in her earlier
life she was Satyabhama, Lord Krishna's second wife.
Therefore, the sage with his divine insight learnt that
only Lord Vishnu was fit enough to be her husband.
Again pardon me for any ignorance.
I am so pleased that you are enjoying reading my
articles... I must tell you that I read so many
complicated versions about Balaji before I simplified it
and placed it on my website....
are so many varied versions to our Scriptures... which
is understandable... I allow my readers to make their
own belief and conclusions...
A small addition
to the story. As far as I can remember reading
Amar Chitra Katha and also my
grandmothers stories. The sage was appointed and
when he first approached Brahma, the sage was
ignored since Brahma was busy with saraswati and
hence he cursed brahma that in kali yuga he will
never be worshiped which is why you rarely see a
brahma temple. Then Again when he went to
shiva's chamber, Shiva was with parvati, the
sage cursed shiva that because he was so
preoccupied with parvati that he did not notice
the sage and hencehe said that in the kali yuga
no one will worship shiva as an idol but only as
a linga (the male organ, phallus), and then the
vishnu story followed. The marriage of padmavati
took place because in her previous birth vishnnu
(then Rama) could not marry vedavati. In olden
times, Lakshmi, in the form of Vedavati, was
staying in an ashram in the forests. At that
time, Ravana, the lord of Lanka tried to tempt
her. In anger, Vedavati cursed him saying that
she would bring about his death. To show how
true her words were, Vedavati walked into the
fire, but Agni, the Fire God rescued her. He
took Vedavati to his house and entrusted her to
his wife's care. When Ravana was about to carry
away Sita from
Panchavati, in the absence of
Rama and Lakshmana, Agni appeared and
offered Vedavati to Ravana as the real Sita who
was kept with him by Rama to evade Ravana.
Ravana was tricked into thinking that Vedavati
was the real Sita. Ravana took Vedavati to Lanka
thinking she was the real Sita, while Agni took
Sita to his house and asked his wife Swahadevi
to look after her. After the destruction of
Ravana, Vedavati entered the fire when rejected
by Rama. Then, Agni, offered the real Sita to
Rama. Rama then questioned her as to who the
other lady by her side was, Sita informed Rama
that the lady was Vedavati who endured Ravana's
torture for ten months in Lanka for her sake.
Sita requested Rama to accept Vedavati also as
his spouse. But Rama declined her request saying
that he believed in having only one wife during
his life time. However, He promised to wed her
in her next birth as Padmavati, born as the
daughter of Akasa Raja, when Rama himself would
take the form of Srinivasa. So thats the story..