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Emperor Dileepa visited Tirumala once and asked Maharishi Durvasa about the glory of the holy hill Tirumala.
“Not just one or two, we can go on talking about it. The story of 7 hills is not over with Narayanadhri. There is another story. But before we get there, there are a number of things which not many knows about Tirumala.
There was only one Koneri Theertha before. As Venkatava is gracefully present here, this hill became the holiest. Kali fought and lost to Venkatava. Then there were a number of holy theertha appeared. Simply put, there are 66 koti theertha here. Out of these, 1008 are very special. Even going further, there are 216 out of the 1008 which are very very special. Out of these 216, if one takes a holy dip in any of the 108 theertha, or even sprinkles a drop or two on their head, their sins for 7 births will be washed off. Such holy are they.”
“Can you please show me those 108 theertha?” – humbly asked Dileepa.
Durvasa Maharishi closed his eyes for a while and meditated. Then he began to say: “Towards the south-eastern side of Venkatava’s temple is Chakra Theertha and the one nearby this theertha is Vajra Theertha. They are holiest.
Near Vajra Theertha is Vishwasena Theertha, in the north there is Panchayutha Theertha, close to which is Alaayutha Theertha. There is then Narasimha Theertha. Towards the west after a little distance is Vandalkasipa Theertha, Agni Theertha, Manmatha Theertha, Brahma Theertha, Gowthama Theertha, Vishwamithra Theertha, Bhargava Theertha, Chaipava Theertha, Deva Theertha, Ashta Kona Maharishi Theertha are there.
Such theertha are made by RIshi’s and are awaiting for the Nithya Pooja of Venkatava. Towards the north eastern side is the Bhairava Theertha, Sesha Theertha, Kshethra Palaka theertha which are highly holy. If we cross them and go towards the Western side..
There is Panda Theertha, Marutha Theertha, Asthi Theertha, Markanda Theertha, Valakilliya Theertha, Saavaavi Theertha, Suratha Theertha, Vishukara Theertha are there. When one takes a holy dip in these, all dosha gets vanished.
If we cross these and go towards the North-Eastern side, there is Lakshmi Theertha, towards the northern side is Ishta Theertha, Sukikshana Theertha, Shrunga Theertha, Saba Theertha are there too.
In the north-western side of the temple is Chathurmukha Theertha, Indra Theertha, Barathi Vaja Theertha, Akasha Ganga Theertha, Parasara Theertha, Kumara Tharithai, Vipaandava Theertha, Thumburu Theertha, Jaga Theertha are smaller theerthas.
There are Dashavathara Theertha, Saptharishi Theertha, Senapathi Theertha are there. Crossing these are Dashanena Theertha, Uthamarasu Theertha, Manu Theertha, Nirmala Theertha, Rudra Theertha, Vasu Theertha, Brahma Theertha, Maruthuva Theertha, Sanavi Theertha, Varuna Theertha, KavaNava Theertha, Suka Theertha, Napeya Theertha, Parasi Pathra Theertha, Boumasa Theertha are there.
Go futher to find Soma Theertha, Narada Theertha, Yama Theertha, Agni Theertha, Pashu Theertha, Yaksha Theertha, Ganeshwara Theertha, Jagajatyaha Theertha, Vishawa Kallola Theertha, Bruhaspathi Theertha, Roma Rishi Theertha, Seneshwara Theertha, Ajaranamila Theertha, Karuma Theertha, Ashwa Theertha, Mantharai Theertha, Subramanya Theertha, Varuni Theertha, Vayinatheya Theertha, Rana Vimochana Theertha are the ones with medicinal qualities. If one even smells the frangrance of these Theertha, sins won’t come near for seven births. – said Maharishi Durvasa.
Let me say the rest of the theertha too, “Akamarushana Theertha, Anantha Theertha, Parjanya Theertha, Meka Theertha, Narayana Theertha, Kala Theertha, Gomuka Theertha, Athikutha Theertha, Vasudeva Theertha, Anjaneya Theertha, Angarushana Theertha, Sudhakasarasu Theertha, Pithuri Theertha, Ithihasa Theertha, Angarushana Theertha, Pradhyumna Theertha, Sudhdha Theertha, Kapina Theertha are some which are there for a long time in this Tirumala.
Dileepa folded his hands and was humbly and blissfully listening to all these, asked: “It may not be possible to take a holy dip in all these right away, is there a way to get benefitted by other means?”
“I knew you would ask this. Agastya who is foremost of all Siddhas who is even better than me is meditating here. Once He finishes, ask Him. He will explain.” – Durvasa pointed the direction and where Agastya is and began to meditate on Venkatava.
Dileepa went and sat before Agastya humbly with folded hands. Not one day but full seven days passed by. The emperor was seated right there, even without drinking water and was meditating too. When Agastya opened his eyes after 7 days, he saw Dileepa seated before meditating. He knew the purpose of his visit and knew that he is a righteous king. He got up and tapped on Dileepa himself. When Dileepa saw Agastya in front of him, he prostrated before Agastya and said, “Dhanyosmi” (I am blessed).
“Dileepa, let auspiciousness be yours. Durvasa Maharishi sent you. Let me tell you what you want to know. From all the 108 Theertha, on the Saturdays of the Purattasi month, all these theerthas mix together in the Pushkarini near the Temple. If one takes a holy dip in Pushkarini in these days, they get the benefit of taking a holy dip in all 108 theertha.” – Dileepa was very pleased to hear this.
Even today, the theerthas on Pushkarini mix in the month of Puratasi through the grace of Lord Venkatachala.
~ to be continued…!
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