The GOS 235 – Perumal & Adiyen 36 – Holy Theertha in Tirumala, as said by Durvasa and Agastya

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The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here. The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!
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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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The GOS 234 – Perumal & Adiyen 35 – Venkatava and Agastya with Narayana

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here. The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!
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Agastya expressed surprise on seeing a stream appearing on the place where the Salagrama fell and it was seen underneath the stream water. He folded His hands in front of the devotee Narayana.

“May I know who you are, O revered Sire?” – Agastya asked.

“If you tell me who you are, you shall know who I am.”

“When I saw you, I felt that you are ready to lose anything for Vaishnavism. You are greatly devoted to Venkatava. You were chanting Govinda Govinda all through. I wanted to help you in any ways I can so I came in disguise. I am Agastya.” – said the Maha Muni.

“I must have been blessed to have the darshan of Maha Siddha like Agastya. Why is He appearing as a young lad? I will be even blessed if He appears in the original form.”

“With pleasure.” – Agastya appeared how He looks normally.

Narayana folded both his hands and did a Sashtanka Namaskara to Agastya. Agastya held him even before that, said, “This is Venkatava’s shrine where He is seated on Adi Sesha’s head. Here, one should worship Venkatava, not me.” and smiled.

“O Agastya! It is very auspicious that I saw you in Tirumala. I have written about Venkatava in many a palm leaves. Let me hand them over to you. Can you please translate them in Tamil so everyone knows?”

“I treat this as a direct order from Lord Venkatava Himself. If His wish is such, I shall translate it in announce it in the coming Purattasi month’s Saturday itself. Is it fair enough?”

“I am blessed indeed.” – said Narayana.

“Sire, the doubt still lingers. Who are you? Why should you struggle so much to climb up, that too carrying Salagrama and the palm leaves?” – he paused.

“Hmm..what else is your question Agastya? Go ahead and ask.”

“Why did the Salagrama fall out? Why did a stream appeared? Why is the Salagrama found inside the stream water? Can you explain?”

“Shall we sit in the shade of this tree and talk?”

They both sat down near a Naval tree.

“My name is Narayanan, Vaishanava family. I learnt Vedas and Grantha when I was young. I went out of my house when I was eight. Now I am eighty eight. I roamed around this holy country, temple after temple. When I was sixty, I was praying in Nepal in my ashram near the Kantaki river bank where this Salagrama fell on my lap. While I was wondering how a Salagrama can fall on my lap all by itself, I heard a divine voice which said:..”

“Narayana! Worship this Salagrama by staying here for 25 years. Then when you turn 85, start to Tirumala by walk. Let this Salagrama be with you. There will be a miracle in Tirumala. Where this Salagrama falls out, a stream will appear and the Salagrama will be seen inside the stream water. Sit there and pray to Lord Venkatava who will appear before you. You shall then realize the purpose of your birth.”

“I took the divine voice as the Lord’s own itself and prayed to Lord Vishnu for 25 years and started from Nepal when I was 85. I travelled for 3 years and now I am climbing up Tirumala.” – said the elderly wise devotee Narayana.

He is indeed a great devotee who prayed to Lord Vishnu right from the age of eight till eighty eight, who has seen many a temples all across Bharat. Venkatava’s grace is there with him completely, thought Agastya. He made him be seated with all comfort and went straight to Venkatava’s shrine to explain about the devotee. Lord Venkatava said:

“O Agastya. I dwell in Salagrama. Not today or when he was eight, this Narayana is worshipping me for the past 7 births. In fact, I have been associating myself with him as a close friend. He has come here seeking a shelter when he is at the end of his life.”

“Such a great devotee!”

“Yes. If you want, let me test him a bit to show you that he will never deviate from me.”

“Lord. When you are explaining his greatness with your own divine words, what else is required?”

“Yes, but his devotion surpasses everything else. Hence I brought him here. Wait and watch…” – the Lord closed His eyes and remained silent.

Right where the devotee Narayana was seated appeared a fire. The birds ran for their lives and the animals ran here and there. The rishi-munis were wondering how a greener forest caught hold of fire.

But…the old devotee did not move at all, chanting ‘Govinda, Govinda’ with his eyes closed. The fire surrounded him but he never moved.

The Lord showed this to Agastya and said, “See, what do you think of his deep devotion?”

“Wonderful. Blissful. It can’t be explained in words.”

“What can we do to his Bhakthi?”

“What is there in my saying my Lord. Please do what you think is fit.”

“Even I am thinking of this. Let Agni leave him alone now.” – the fire disappeared as if it didn’t appear at all with the place turning greener than before. Agastya said, “We can go there before him together and ask him what he wants.”

They both appeared before Narayana with Venkatava calling him lovingly, “Narayana”

The wise devotee opened his eyes to see the all merciful Lord in front of him, whom he has worshipped, thought about, breathed all his life. He fell at the Lord’s feet with his eyes brimming with tears of bliss.

“What do you want my dear, who has worshipped me all along?”

“Venkatava, my Lord! Your darshan is everything. I do not need anything else.”

“I heard you have written about me in the Granthas.”

“Yes my Lord.”

“Agastya will write them in Tamil. What else do you want?”

“I surrendered in your holy feet. I should be able to see your holy feet without even blinking forever.”

“Then?”

“Nothing else is needed my Lord.”

“I give what you asked. Agastya is the witness, here accept what I give.”

Narayana kept looking at the Lord. What is He saying?

“This place henceforth will be called as Narayana Giri. This is a gift for devotees like you who surrender to me completely.”

It is said that Narayana is still roaming around Narayana Giri in Arooba form. What else is an evidence for the mercy of the Lord?

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~ to be continued…!

 

The GOS 233 – Perumal & Adiyen 34 – Agastya appears again!

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here. The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!
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When Kali ran away, Varaha and Booma Devi discussed the whole thing with Venkatava where Booma Devi confessed that she pretended as if she was under the spell of Kali only to show that such swaying of mind can happen even to the celestials. Varaha appreciated her for setting the world an example.

As Kali ran away, he decided that his drama won’t tick with the celestials and decided that he has to deal only with the humans. As he proceeded towards the Earth, a voice stopped him. It was Agastya Muni. Kali folded his hands as a reflex on seeing Him. Agastya asked about his motive where he burst out crying:

“Brahma Deva created me for a purpose, but I am not able to do anything towards it. I have been meeting with failures after failures. Can’t you please explain my situation to Venkatava who creates every possible obstacle in my way?” – he cried.

“Kali, the world is going to be under your spell slowly but surely. The people on Earth are going to follow the path of Adharma. Why are you worried?”

“O Maha Muni! If this comes from your mouth, then it will happen for sure. But I am not able to do anything in the presence of Venkatava, you know that very well.”

“Kali, you should know whom to fight with. You are trying to fight with Lord Vishnu himself. It’s natural that your plans are getting defeated.”

“It is true. But I should know what my strengths are. Hence I tried my luck.”

“You are following your purpose of creation. But Venkatava will protect those who surrenders to him. What’s wrong in it?”

“O foremost of Siddhas! I am getting demoralized that I face failures after failures. I even think I should abort this mission.”

“No. Brahma’s purpose of creating you is to divert people towards Adharma, thereby making them realize their purpose of life and search for the Almighty. You should not refrain from your duty.”

“It is easier said than done my Lord. Do you know how much I have to suffer?”

“One cannot decide anything with a temporary situation. The world is going to be in your spell shortly. Then it is up to you and the Lord. What am I going to do in between?” – when Agastya said this, Kali started laughing. When asked for reason, he said that Agastya was encouraging him to do what he was created for, while warning him of the presence of the Lord.

Agastya said: “I will be there where Dharma is. At the same time, you are not my enemy either, if you understand.”

“Thank you O Siddha! I might seek your help in the future. Please do not wash me away in the name of dharma or justice.”

“I think you will not get such a situation. We shall see if it comes.”

Kali bowed down to Agastya and went downhill. As Agastya watched him descend, He spotted the very old Vishnu devotee Narayana. His body showed he had crossed a hundred years but his eyes had an unquenchable fire. He wore the Vaishnava symbols and barely could walk. He would walk a step, then sit down, stand up with the help of the walking stick while constantly chanting ‘Narayana or Govinda’ from the bottom of his heart. Agastya himself felt like folding His hands on seeing such a devotee. Narayana was carrying the pooja items in a small bag on his head. Agastya felt that He had to help him somehow.

He changed himself looking like a 22 year old, held the old man’s hand and walked uphill. Narayana asked:

“Who are you boy? I am surprised you volunteered to help me?”

“I am the devotee of devotees.”

“Oh, so you don’t have a name given by your parents.”

“For sure, they called me “Agathi”

The wise man laughed within.

“You said Agathi, which is an incomplete word. But you are not an ordinary person.”

“O Sire, I am not anything that you think but a very ordinary person. I don’t have the knowledge in Tamil as much as you.”

“Ok, what do you do for living?”

“I just help people who climb up the mountain.”

“Oh I am sad. In that way, I don’t have any gold to give you.”

“I don’t need them.”

“I don’t have silver either.”

“It’s alright.”

“Then how can I return the favour I am receiving from you?”

“Sir. Please do not talk so. I am receiving a great favour myself by helping such great devotees like you. What else do I need?”

“I have a doubt.” – said Narayana, the old man.

“Please..”

“You look very young. But your actions, words seem like that of a wise Maharishi. Who are you truly?”

“I am just an ordinary person.” – said Agathi and caught hold of the old man who seemed like falling down. Right then the Salagrama stone he had kept in the bag fell down. There appeared a stream and the Salagrama was seen inside the water.

The GOS 232 – Perumal & Adiyen 33 – Kali tries to confuse Varaha Murthy

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here. The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!
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Right after Hanuman went with Vali to Kishkinta, the Anjana couple could not bear his separation. They wanted to go to Kishkinta immediately. But they kept their patience level intact due to the presence of the all powerful Lord. Kali Purusha was hiding and witnessing all these and went to Varaha Murthy who was seated in the western side and prostrated before him.

He opened his eyes after a long time. Kali stood before him humbly with folded hands. He said:

“I am prostrating to the Lord Varaha.”

“What’s the matter Kali?”

“I request your blessings and grace.”

“Fair enough.”

“There is nothing you do not know. But it woulnd’t be nice if you remain patience.”

“Kali, speak to me directly. Why are you beating around the bush?”

“I am blessed my Lord. Please do not get angry at me. I am sure you are aware of the happenings in Tirumala.”

“Yes.”

“This is but your holy shrine.”

“Yes.”

“Since Venkatava pleaded, You have given a shelter to him.”

“He did not plead. I gave it myself whole heartily.”

“This is where you are cheated.”

“How?”

“In such a huge place as Tirumala, you are seated in a small place as that of a cow’s shelter. If seated, one cannot get up. If one gets up, they can’t be seated. One cannot stretch their legs and hands and lie down.”

“Hmm..proceed.”

“But Venkatava has forsaken you and has encroached all the seven hills, the beautiful waterfalls, the gardens and all around. You never objected.”

“What if I have?”

“Venkatava cannot have the complete authority. You also would have got a big mountain, beautiful garden etc.,”

“Kali! What happened to you, suddenly you have so much of concern for me?”

“O Lord. I think you have mistaken me. I always have tremendous love and respect for you.” – Kali prostrated again.

“Well, are you looking for a space for yourself in Tirumala for which you speak all these?”

“If I had such a desire my Lord, I would have asked You well before Venkatava himself. Now there is no chance for all these.”

“How are you saying so?”

“I advised Garuda but he stares at me as if he would pierce me with his beak. I then tried advising Adisesha who is blowing poisonous air unto me after having listened to all that I explained. Venkatava on top acts like he has taken the avatar only to destroy me.”

“Why do you create such an enmity towards all of these?”

“I think it is my bad time, that’s all I can say. You have given all the seven hills to Venkatava right?”

“Even beyond the Seven Hills.”

“You should get at least two mountains from him now.”

“Why?”

“For you. You have been the sole owner of all these places. This tiny place is not sufficient for you. Hence you should get back at least two of the mountains and enjoy it. I would like to have the darshan of that. That’s all is my wish.”

Varahamithra did think about what Kali said. Right at that time, Booma Devi appeared. Kali folded his hands in showing respect.

“Let there be auspiciousness.” – blessed Boomi Devi.

“O Mother Boomi! I think I did some great merits. Else, how would I get a blessing from you on auspiciousness?”

“Kali, it is the first thing that Varaha Swamy says too. It was the first Upadesha He gave me.”

“It is true Mother. But Varaha Swamy did not say this but you did, and blessed me. I am very happy.”

Varaha Swamy smiled within seeing this.

“Kali, what’s going on within your mind?”

“This mountain was Hayagreeva’s. Then you took over. This mountain should therefore be called as Varaha Murthy Mountain. You gave this to Venkatava. Now everyone calls this as Venkata Mountain or Thiruvenkata Malai. The name of this mountain should be changed to Varaha Murthy mountain. Then you should get back at least two mountains. That is why I came here.”

Boomi Devi listened to Kali’s words with patience. She felt he makes sense.

“Swamy, what Kali says makes sense. Can we call upon Venkatava and have this discussed through?”

“Devi, did you think this through?”

“What’s wrong in this Swamy?”

“..as this comes from Kali.”

“Yes.”

“He has come with this request all of a sudden.”

“What has he to gain here. He is just concerned about you.”

“No one does anything without a gain, including Kali, right?” – Varaha Swamy looked at Kali.

“Swamy, if you are well, I will be too.”

“Then there’s a gain.”

“Let us just call Venkatava and discuss this through instead of futile talks.” – said Booma Devi with frustration, unlike her very polite nature. Varaha Swamy was taken aback. Kali has begun his play, even she fell in his trap, He felt.

When Venkatava got the request to meet Varaha Swamy, He knew that Kali is out to play. Even Varaha Swamy knew Kali’s intention. But he began to play along for teaching a lesson to Booma Devi.

“I hear you called me upon?” – said Venkatava who was welcomed by Varaha Swamy.

“Nothing. You had asked me to stay here in this mountain for some time. I agreed. But I hear you are staying here forever. Is this true?”

“Yes. There is a lot to be done for the people at Earth. Kali is making trouble for all walks of lives. I intend to stay here to take care of him for a little longer.

“This is indeed a great news but this mountain is mine. It is being renamed as Venkata Malai after yours. This should be Varaha Murthy Malai in all fair means.” – said Booma Devi.

“That’s all right. I shall have this name changed right away. That’s all right?”

“Venkatava! I know you very well. I don’t have any desire for name of places. Probably Booma Devi has got such thoughts.” – Varaha Swamy winked.

“Those who are born in Earth will have such a desire and it is natural. It is no surprise to see such a desire on the one who is named Boomi Devi herself.” – smiled Venkatava.

Boomi Devi reacted…”Kali explained all these and I felt he makes sense. What is wrong in it?”

“O Boomi Devi, have patience. Do you want this mountain to be named as Varaha Murthy Mountain?”

“I want both”

“Fair enough. You may have it right away. But do not blame me for all the after-effects.”

“No I won’t. You should leave this mountain at once and this place should not be called as Tirumala. This should forever be called as Varaha Malai” – just as she mentioned this, a huge thunder hit and it began to rain profusely as if it will flood Tirumala to its whole. Venkatava saw this and sat down in Tapasya.

“Venkata, can’t you stop this thunderstorm?”

“No Varaha.”

“Why?”

“This is your mountain now. You have to take responsibility and ask Varuna Deva.”

“How can that be possible when this is called Tirumala.”

“You wanted it to be named after you just a while back.”

“It wasn’t me but Boomi Devi who wanted it.”

“Then let Boomi Devi pray to Varuna to have this stopped.”

“But this rain is flowing only this side. Your side is not stagnant with water or even a single drop of rain is yet to touch you.”

“I think you should ask Varuna.” – the Lord said sarcastically.

Varaha called Boomi Devi.

“Let me ask you a question. Who will the grand-father’s property go to?”

“It goes to the grand-children without a doubt.”

“It has happened just so here, right?”

“How?”

“If Venkatava is my grandson, this mountain should go to him only right? Just so I gave this to him. Why do you want to take it back?”

“Please pray to Varuna to have this stopped and hand ovfr the mountain to Varuna.”

“I am very happy.” – said Mahalakshmi. Right after she said so, the rain stopped. Varaha explained to Boomi Devi on how she reacted like any other normal human being, and hence Varuna came to the rescue.

“I realize it. But if those who come here go straight to Venkatava, how will one ever know that it was yours before? What is Venkatava going to do about it?”

“That’s all right? Those who come and have my darshan straight ahead will have only 1/4th of the merits. But if one taks holy dip in the Pushkarini, have yours and Booma Devi’s darshan and then come to me, each of them will get 100% merit.

Those who worship Boomi Devi sametha Varaha Murthy here, they will get every sowbhagya. Their debts will disappear. There won’t be any distraction in education. They will get fame. They will be healthy. This wordly people will get all such merits. This is Venkatava’s promise. Is this enough?” – asked Venkatava. The couple felt very happy. As they walked out, Kali stayed hidden. When the Lord went his way, he stood before Varaha and Boomi Devi.

She looked at him and thought that he was about to spoil her relationship with Varaha. She breathed heavily which turned out as a flame and started chasing Kali. The couple laughed aloud on seeing Kali being chased out thus.

~ to be continued…!