Ananthazhvan and the Tiger at Tirumala Hills


Swamy Ananthazhvan and the Tiger at Tirumala Hills

This incident happened few hundreds years ago  in Tirumala when the temple was very difficult to approach .Many wild animals used to move freely near the temple   .  Swamy Ananthazhvan  the ardent devotee of LORD VENKATESHWARA was once having  a holy dip in the  Swamipushkarini pond .



  While he ascended the steps, he was astonished to find that his upper cloth got entangled on the ears of a tiger resting  on a  tree.  As he was trying to retrieve his  upper cloth, the tiger remained motionless.


The disciples who were along with their master  told Ananthazhvan that the tiger obviously did not want to release the upper cloth as it was desirous of the touch of the upper cloth of Ananthazhvan who could deliver the tiger from bondage of the world.


They  pleaded  their gurujee  to  confer heavenly boon on the tiger. Ananthazhvan was compassionate and  blessed the tiger and got his upper cloth released.  Later they found the tiger was found dead on the way.


The disciples  performed the last rites to  the tiger. When the disciples entered the sanctum sanctorum along with Ananthazhvan, they were  surprised  to find the form of a tiger in the Garbhagriha.


The Lord humorously mentioned to Ananthazhvan,”  Swamin !! You have started blessing even tigers with Moksha which is difficult even for Devas.  ??? What work  will the Lord have thereafter? Ananthazhvan may  carry out HIS  work  himself on the Holy Hills and the Lord may  return to Srivaikuntam.”

lord balajee

Ananthazhvan  with humble obeisances  prayed to the Lord and  submitted that it was only because of the Grace of the Lord he was able to  pray for  the tiger and there were so many animate and inanimate beings who are serving LORD on these Hills seeking Moksha  and as a bhagavatha he was only praying for their upliftment.

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan


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About Kazhiyur Varadan

Am seeker of true knowledge , aspiring to serve and share the divine pastimes of Lord and HIS devotees . Interested in meeting devotees and love traveling to all holy places . Major interest is to interact with devotees and be of some use to the world in spreading Lord's divine play . This blog is an attempt of knotting a garland of priceless pearls from Sri vaishnava Divya desam . .....Divya leelai .. .......and .Divyaanubhuthee shared by zillions of hari bhaktaas . Though Adiyen is neither competent or qualified in sharing this elixir of spiritual world , out of abundant mercy from asmath Acharyar His Holiness Sri Sri MudaliAnddan swamigal ,adiyen is attempting to reproduce the same which is done purely by the grace of AchAryar and the Lordships by hearing from various advanced devotees . Am like a bee collecting the nectar from sacred flowers and posting the same in this honey comb blog .. There can be few photographs which would have been uploaded from google images to practically have the feel of the holy place and be of some service to the devotees . In case the owner of the pictures /images, videos has any objections for this adiyen shall remove the same . If any of the images presented here violates copyright issues or infringes anyone copyright or are not under "Fair use" the same shall be removed ASAP . Anything erroneous in adiyens post is completely my fault/ignorance and anything noteworthy goes to the spiritual masters . Any faults are solely due to my poor understanding and seek pardon for my poor expression . All the divine pastimes shared are from the lectures and the ones shared by several advance devotees .All the compliments and praise belong to the great Spiritual masters for their mercy on adiyen ( your servant ) to share and re share in this blog to remain that bliss always ...... Seeking your blessings in this small service of sharing the divine posts .. Adiyen Ramanuja dasan Jai Sriman Narayana IMPORTANT 1) Spiritual Material posted in this blog are just for information purpose and for spreading awareness. Few divine pastimes which was shared in discourses and the holy place is being re shared which are subject to mistakes or discrepancies with time . So, kindly , don't be offensive and don't post any aggressive or illegitimate comments on the blogs due to the differences in opinions. 2) This blog may contain links to other sites through advertisement, user comments, articles. While Adiyen tries to link only to sites that are safe and secure, Adiyen am not responsible for the content or the privacy practices employed by other sites., since the linked site is not under the control of me, am not responsible for the contents of any linked site or contents of the links mentioned in the links site. Adiyen am providing this link just for informational and academic purposes only. 3) This blog may contain inaccurate, incorrect and clerical errors. Adiyen do not warrant nor assure the accuracy/correctness/completeness of the materials/articles or the reliability of any advice, opinion, comment or other information displayed or distributed through this blog . 4) We are in the service of spreading the divine pastimes of LORD and HIS devotees .Please correct adiyen in any shortcomings .
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3 Responses to Ananthazhvan and the Tiger at Tirumala Hills

  1. Beautiful article on one of the episode in the great life of Sri Ananthazhvan, a great disciple of Swami Ramanujar from Melnadu (Hailed from a village called Kirangoor near Sri Rangapattana in today’s Karnataka state). Udaiyavar affectionately called him as ‘AANBILLAI’ for volunteering to perform daily kainkaryams to the Lord of Seven Hills in those days due to dense forest at Thirumalai region infested by wild animals. Sri Ananthazhvan’s ever strong and sincere Bhakti towards his Acharya and Ezhumalaiyaan made the Lord to test him on many occasions to glorify his Bhakti in front of material world. He was also conferred the title ‘Lakshmi Tatacharya’ by Lord during one of his Leelas. One of the episode of Sri Ananthazhvan had been pictured in the old tamil movie ‘Thiumalai Deivam’ at the last part. The role of Sri Ananthazhvan is played by legendary actor and singer Late Sri TR Mahalingam. Please watch & enjoy. Sarvam Krishnarpanam….

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  2. R Y N Iyengar says:

    Very interesting. I request you to send such episodes to Sri Ranga Sri Yahoo Group which has a wider Srivaishnava coverage.

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  3. T.K.SRINIVASAN says:

    Pl.give me the source of the. Story of Ananthalwar and tiger.


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