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  Sri Venkateswara Swamy vari Devastanam
 
Sri Venkateswara Swamy vari Devastanam
 

“Dwaraka Tirumala” is an ancient holy place and a popular pilgrim center in Andhra Pradesh of South India. Dwaraka Tirumala is nearer to 'Eluru', the head quarters of West Godavari District, which is 42 KM away from Eluru. Dwaraka Tirumala is situated at 15KM distance from Bhimadole Junction, which is in between Vijayawada and Rajahmundry State Highway and Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam main Railway line.

“Dwaraka Tirumala” is an ancient holy place and a popular pilgrim center in Andhra Pradesh of South India. Dwaraka Tirumala is nearer to 'Eluru', the head quarters of West Godavari District, which is 42 KM away from Eluru. Dwaraka Tirumala is situated at 15KM distance from Bhimadole Junction, which is in between Vijayawada and Rajahmundry State Highway and Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam main Railway line.

Sthala Puranam :
This pilgrimage centre is called "Dwaraka Tirumala" after the great saint, "Dwaraka" who located the self manifested idol of Lord "Sri Venkateswara" after severe penance in a ‘Valmikam’ (ant hill). The devotees call Sri Venkateswara as Kaliyuga Vaikunta Vasa. This place is also called “Chinna Tirupati”.

As per Sastras North Indian rivers like Ganges and Yamuna are considered to be more and more holy as they go up to the origin and south Indian rivers like Krishna and Godavary are more and more holy as they go down the river to its mouth to the Sea. It is why there are numerous shrines and holy bathing ghats, at close intervals, on both sides of the great grand rivers Krishna and Godavary in their lower regions.

The region covered by our Dwaraka Tirumala is commanding the top most conspicuous position in India, being garlanded by these two great Indian rivers Krishna and Godavary, as pointed out by Brahma Purana.

The devotees who wish to go and offer their donations, or tonsures or any other offerings to Lord Venkateswara, Lord of Tirumala Tirupati, called as “Pedda Tirupati”, due to some reason, if they are unable to go there, they can offer their donations, prayers and worship in Dwaraka Tirumala temple.

Dwaraka Tirumala is a famous temple from the ancient times. According to some Puranas, the temple is popular even in Kruta yuga and is still attracting the devotees. According to Brahma Purana, Aja Maharaja, the Grand father of Lord Sri Rama also worshiped Lord Venkateswara for his marriage. On his way to the ‘Swayamvaram’ of Indumati, he passed by the temple. He did not offer prayers in the temple. The bride Indumati garlanded him, but he had to face a battle with the kings who came to the Swayamvaram. He realized that the battle was thrust on him for ignoring the temple on the way. After realizing this, Aja Maharaja prayed to the Lord Venkateswara. Suddenly the kings stopped the battle.

It is a great wonder to see two main idols under one Vimana Sikharam. One idol is a full and complete statue. The other is a half statue of the upper portion of the form of the Lord. The upper potion of the form is a self-manifested idol located by Sage "Dwaraka". The saints of the yore felt the prayers to the Lord are not complete without worshipping His holy feet. So, the saints joined together and installed a full statue behind the self-manifested idol, to worship the feet of the Lord according to Vaikhanasa Agamam.

It is believed that the prayers to the smaller statue of the Lord will lead to Moksha, and the big form stands for Dharma, Artha and Kama. The Tiru kalyanotsavam is celebrated twice a year. One for the self manifested idol in the month of “Vaisakha” and the other for the installed idol in the month of “Aswayuja”.

MAGNIFICIENCE OF THE SANCTUM SANCTORUM:
On entering the sanctum sanctorum, one feels a most inspiring and enchanting experience. The presiding mythological deity Lord Venkateswara is visible upto the Bust size and the lower portion is imagined to be in the earth. The holy feet are said to be offered to Bali Chakravarthi in “Patala” for his daily worship. The full size idol of Lord Sri Venkateswara standing at the back of the main idol is said to have been installed by the great social reformer Srimad Ramanuja of the 11 th century. The idols of Padmavathi and Nanchari are installed in the Arthamandapa facing east. This is a full equipped shrine to be a Divyasthala.

COMBINATION OF SIVA AND VISHNU ON ADISESHA:
The most peculiar aspect here is that the hill appearing to be a serpant in form, even to the naked eye, confirms the mythological version that Anantha, the serpant king has taken up this terrestial form of serpant hill and is carrying God Mallikarjuna on the hood and Lord Venkateswara on the tail, thus creating a happy and harmonious compromise of Vaishnavism and Saivism at a single place.

RENOVATION AND ORIGIN OF THE PRESENT STRUCTURE:
The magnificent monuments like, Vimana, Mantapa, Gopura, Prakara etc., stand to the credit of Dharma Appa Raoa recent ruler (1762 – 1827) and the golden ornaments and silver vahanas stand to the credit of the generous queen Rani Chinnamma Rao of Mylavaram, Krishna Dist. (1877 – 1902). These things immortalize the glory of the shrine.

The main temple is a masterpiece of South Indian Architecture with its five-storied main Rajagopuram facing the south and three other gopurams on the other three sides. The Vimana is in the Nagara style and old Mukhamantapa is extended to a great extent to suit the present day needs. There are several temples of Alwars attached to the Prakara on all sides. The whole spacious compound has been paved with stone and flower trees are grown in an order as if to feast the eye of the pilgrims.

Daily Poojas / Sevas:
A) Suprabhata Seva:- Devotees can participate in Suprabhata Seva every day morning 4.00 AM. The ticket cost is Rs.100/- per person. (Two laddu is free). Duration: 4.30 am to 5.00 am

B) Astottara Satanamarchana:- This Pooja is celebrated at Utsava Murtulu. This Pooja is celebrated everyday from 9 A.M to 12 Noon. (2 persons allowed for Seegradarsanam). Duration:- 20 Minutes. The ticket cost is Rs.130/-

C) Nitya Arjita Kalyanam:- Nitya Arjitha Kalyanam is performed every day (at 9.30 am) to Lord Sri Venkateswara. The devotees can also participate in the Celebration of Kalyanam by paying certain amount. Nitya Arjitha Kalyanam Rs.1,000/-; On payment of Rs.1,000/- the Devasthanam will present one Panche-Kanduva, Jacket piece to the couple. 5 Laddus, 1 Pulihora and 1 Sarakara Pongal packet are presented. 6 persons will be allowed for Darsanam including Kalyanam performing couple and also for Anna Prasadam.

Arjita Kalyanam will not be celebrated on the following Days:
1. Makara Sankranti
2. Swamy vari Vysakhamasa Kalyanotsavams (From Vaisakha Suddha Dasami to Bahula Vidiya)
3. Swamy vari Aswayujamasa Kalyanotsavams (From Aswayuja Suddha Dasami to Bahula Vidiya)
4. Solar Eclipses
5. Krishnastami
6. Pavithrotsavams (From Sravana Suddha Trayodasi to Bahula Padyami)
D) Kumkuma Puja:- This Pooja is celebrated at Sri Ammavarlu. The Pooja is celebrated every day. Duration:- 20 Minutes The ticket cost is Rs.58/- for single person.
E) Gopuja: 116/- (2 persons allowed for Seegradarsanam and 2 Laddu + 1 Pulihora Free). Duration:-Each batch 20 Minutes.

Weekly Poojas / Sevas:
A) Snapana: Snapana (Abhishekam for Utsva idols) is celebrated only on Fridays between 6-00 AM to 8-00 AM. The ticket cost is Rs.301/-

B) Swarna Tulasidala Kainkarya Seva: Celebrated only on Wednesdays 6.30 am to 7.00 am. The ticket cost is Rs. 1,116/- (for couple or two members)

Yearly Poojas / Sevas:
A) Saswatha Kalyanam : On payment of Rs.15,000/- one can have Nitya Arjita Kalyanam on a required day /thidi every year and the same will be intimated in advance to take part in Kalyanam. In their absence the Kalyanam will be celebrated on their Name and Gotram and Prasadam will be sent to them by post.

B) Saswatha Sahasra Namarchana on Every Saturday: On payment of Rs.10,000/- one can have the permanent worship on Every Saturday on their Name and Gotram and Prasa dam will be sent by post.

C) Saswatha Astottara Satanamarchana on Every Saturday: On payment of Rs.7,500/- one can have the permanent worship on Every Saturday on their Name and Gotram and Prasadam will be sent by post.

D) Saswatha Astotharam: On payment of Rs.1,500/- one can have the permanent worship on a required day in every year on their Name and Gotram and Prasadam will be sent by post .

E) Gosamrakshna pathakam/Gopuja : On payment of Rs.1,116/- and above one can have Gopuja on a required day every year. In their absence the Gopuja will be celebrated on their Name and Gotram

Other Sevas:
A) Silver Garudotsavam (Garuda Vahanotsavam) : On payment of Rs.500/- Garuda Vahanotsavam will be celebrated in the temple in a day.

B) Silver Seshavahanotsavam: On payment of Rs.500/- Silver Seshavahanotsavam will be celebrated in the temple in a day.

C) Kovela Pallaki Utsavam: On payment of Rs.500/-, this Utsavam will be celebrated in the temple premises.

Sri Venkateswara Swamy vari Devastanam

 
 
 
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