Skip to main content

The Story of Lord Venkateswara of Tirumala - Part II

Om Namo Venkatesaya!
Read Part-I of the story of Lord Venkateswara of Tirumala.

Lord Venkateswara decides to stay in this place which is known by the name 'Varaha Kshetra'. According to 'sthala purana', Sri Varaha Swamy (the wild boar incarnation of Lord Vishnu) who decided to stay at this place (Tirumala) for sometime after He kills Hiranyaksha and re-positions Earth. Thus Sri Varaha Swamy becomes the 'Kshetra Palaka' of this place i.e the ruler of the place.

Lord Venkateswara seeks Sri Varaha Swamy's permission to stay in His 'Kshetra'. Varaha Swamy happily permits Lord Venkateswara to stay in 'Varaha Kshetra' and bows down before Venkateswara who blesses Him saying that as Varaha Swamy is the ruler of the place, the devotees should first have the darshan of Varaha Swamy and then go for the darshan of Venkateswara Swamy.

Lord Venkateswara with the bleeding wound on His forehead walks with pain in search of a shelter in the forest. He reaches the hermitage (kutir) of Vakula Devi and seeks refugee at her shelter.

As per 'Sthala Purana' Vakula Devi is none other than Yashoda (the foster / adoptive mother of Lord Krishna - one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu) in her previous birth. Yashoda nurtures Krishna with much love and affection and enjoys His childhood naughty acts / deeds. As a mother she could not perform His marriage, so she develops a strong desire to perform His marriage.

Lord Krishna promises her to fulfill her desire in her next birth when He takes refugee with her in a different form.

Thus, Yashoda is reborn as Vakula Devi and eagerly waits for the arrival of Krishna in a different form. When Lord Venkateswara calls out 'amma' (mother) at her doorsteps with pain, seeing the radiance on His face instantly calls Him 'Srinivasa' (the residing place of Lakshmi i.e Sri / Siri). She identifies Him to be Krishna (Lord Vishnu) and rejoices the home coming of her dear son. She nurtures Him with motherly affection / feeling and thus Lord Venkateswara stays with Vakula Devi for sometime. During His stay Venkateswara goes for hunting in the nearby woods / forest and chases a wild elephant. The two of the enter into the palace garden of Akasa Raju where Princess Padmavati - the daughter of King Akasa Raju and her friends were playing.
At the sight of the wild elephant Princess Padmavati gets frightened and runs for rescue. She is saved by Lord Venkateswara and thus there is mutual exchange of divine love and affection between Lord Venkateswara and Goddess Padmavati Devi.

On returning to His hermitage, Venkateswara is lost in the sweet memories of His encounter with His sweetheart. On seeing this, Vakula Devi inquires, "Dear Srinivasa, why are you so dull?"

Lord Srinivasa replies, "Amma, I'm in love with Princess Padmavati. In my earlier incarnation as Rama, I promised Her that I would marry Her in my next incarnation. And now I have to keep my promise."

Vakula Devi then questions Him, "What was the previous birth of Padmavati and what's the story? Explain in detail, dear Srinivasa".

Srinivasa explains, "In Treta Yuga, when King Ravana was about to abduct Sita Devi during the absence of Lord Rama and Lakshmana, Agni Deva (fire god) in view of rescuing Sita Devi, creates an illusory Sita i.e Maya Sita with his yogic powers. Maya Sita was abducted by Ravana and endures the tortures of Ravana in the Ashoka Vanam in Lanka. Agni Deva entrusts real Sita Devi to his wife Swaha Devi and thus rescues Her from being abducted by Ravana.

After the killing of Ravana by Rama, Sita (Maya Sita) was asked by Rama to prove her chastity by entering into the fire. As Maya Sita enters fire, real Sita is brought back by Agni Deva. Rama is perplexed on seeing two Sitas and asks who is the other lady. Real Sita explains that she is Maya Sita who endured all the tortures of Ravana. She then asks Rama to marry Maya Sita but Rama refuses as He vows to have only one wife in that (Rama) incarnation. He promises to marry her in her next birth as Padmavati when He will descend on to Earth as Srinivasa.

Thus Maya Sita is reborn as Padmavati - daughter of Akasa Raju - while Vishnu came on to Earth as Srinivasa.

Note: There is a different version of the story according to which it is Vedavati who is born as Padmavati.

Srinivasa then says, "Amma, I have to keep my promise and marry Padmavati. And you have to initiate for the proposal."

Read Part - III - the story of Srinivasa Kalyananam.


Popular posts from this blog

Procedure For Bhogi Pallu

The 1st day of the 4-day Sankranti festival is celebrated as Bhogi Panduga by the Telugu people. The Telugu word 'Panduga' means festival. This festival has much of social significance than religious importance. It is a festival of family gathering. Telugu people are engaged in many activities on Bhogi / Sankranti day.

Bhogi pallu is one of the main (special) activities of Bhogi day.
What are Bhogi Pallu Bhogi pallu (the Telugu word 'pallu' means fruits) is a special item made of seasonal berries (regi pallu / any available seasonal berries), petals of seasonal flowers / seasonal flowers, currency coins, small pieces of sugarcane, whole Bengal gram soaked overnight and akshantalu (i.e little turmeric powder mixed in rice).
In the evening before sunset, small children of the family below 5 years of age are seated on a chair. The elderly ladies of the family, friends / neighbors who are invited, take hands full of 'bhogi pallu' and place these or pour these on t…

Republic Day Speech For School Principal

Last Update: 12.01.2020

Author Reserves All Rights.

This Republic Day speech would be useful for the school principal to deliver on 26 January.

Vande Mataram!

Esteemed teachers and my dear students

Wish you all a Happy Republic Day!

Today we all have gathered here to celebrate our 71stRepublic Day. On this auspicious occasion I extend my heartiest greetings and good wishes to you all. As we all know about the importance of Republic Day, I need not speak much about this special day. However we need to be grateful to the founding fathers who formulated and drafted an exemplary Constitution of India that has steered India towards progress and development. Due to the untiring efforts of the great leaders / freedom fighters of our nation under oppressive conditions, we / you all are fortunate of being born in independent India. Now we as the citizens of this great nation and you children as the future citizens of the country, need to re-dedicate ourselves to build a stronger and developed …

Bhogi Panduga - The Most Important Festival Of Andhra Pradesh

Bhogi is the most important festival of Andhra Pradesh. It is the 1st day of the 4-day Sankranti Panduga (festival). It is an important social festival of the Telugu people. It is a harvest festival when the farmers express their gratitude to Varuna Deva i.e the god of rains. It is the thanksgiving festival of the villagers. Farmers thank the cattle for being helpful to them.

Day 1 - Bhogi - the festival with Bhogi mantalu, bhogi pallu and many more.
Day 2 - Makara Sankranti with Sankranti muggulu, bommala koluvu etc
Day 3 - Kanuma - the thanksgiving festival celebrated by the farmers
Day 4 - Mukkanuma celebrated with kodi pandelu i.e cock-fight (presently an illegal activity because of the harm it causes to the people involved).
Bhogi Celebrations in Andhra Pradesh Bhogi falls on the 13th / 14th January every year. The day before Makara Sankranti is celebrated as Bhogi. It is a festival of family gathering that brings joy and happiness in the families. The married daughters of the f…