Story of Tirupati Temple
Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vari Temple, commonly known as Tirupati Temple sits beautifully on the seventh peak of Tirumala Hills in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. This temple holds great significance in Hindu mythology and is dedicated to the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Venkateswara.
Nicknamed as the “Temple of Seven Hills”, this is referred to as the richest temple in the world. This pivotal landmark is known to have an interesting story.
Once upon a time, during the age of Kali, Saints were performing yajna to decide who is the greatest God among trimurtis. Narada advised them to send Sage Brighu to test Trimurtis so that they can easily determine who amongst the Holy Trinity was the greatest.
The sage had a hidden eye in the sole of his foot and visited Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva. He was not satisfied with both of them and then went to Lord Vishnu who pretended that he was not aware of the sage’s visit. Brighu got angry with this act and kicked Lord Vishnu in his chest. Instead of reacting, Lord Vishnu apologized to him and started massaging his feet and squashed that extra eye present in the sole of Brighu’s foot.
However, Goddess Laxmi felt insulted and came down to Earth. Thereafter, Lord Vishnu came to Earth in the search of his wife Mahalakshmi and found that she had taken birth as Padmavati in the family of a king. Lord Vishnu took birth as Srinivasa or Venkateshwara and entered the anthill to start meditating. Later on, Venkatashewara and Padmavati met each other.
He borrowed lump-sum money from Kuber to conduct this grand marriage. After getting married to Padmavati, Lord stayed on the hills of Tirumala and this magnificent temple appeared in that place. It is believed that devotees by paying donations help Lord Vishnu in paying that money back to Kuber.
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