Azhwar Theertham at Tirupati

 ” TIRUMALA  is  Bhooloka  Vaikuntam and Lord  Vaikuntanathan  out of abundant mercy has appeared  as Lord Venkateshwara in this yuga for our upliftment . The sacred TIRUMALA Hills consists  of seven peaks considered to be seven-hooded Adhisesha . Before  seeking to  have  darsanam of LORD ,  the devotees  are  supposed to shed  the    inherent tamasic  qualities and approach with  sattva gunam for  HIS darshanam .

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 Elders advise us to  reach the foot of the  Tirumala Hills and have a holy dip at Azhwar Theertham presently called as Kapila Theertham  before ascending the Hills. This divine place is located enroute to Tirumala .  Out of the   1008 theerthams  located in and around  TIRUMALA  HILLS , Azhwar  Theertham ( Kapila Theertham)   is the only  natural spring  located  at the foot of the Hills.  

On the shores of Alwar theertham is  enshrined Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal gracing the devotees . Lord  is gracing with goddess  Sri maha Lakshmi . On the other side we can  have darshan of  Lord Venugopala Swamy

It is believed that this holy water  springs source is   from  Lord’s  lotus feet and hence is considered to be very sacred. Near the water falls  of  Azhwar Theertham  there is a  small temple of  Swamy Nammazhwar .

Further ahead we see a small cave. Many years back,  this region was ruled by Emperor Thondaiman, who  used to visit Tirumala daily.

Since it was difficult to cross all the Seven hills in the normal way, it is believed that  the Lord had shown him a shorter route  to reach him via this  cave!

It is  said  that there was a  temple  for Lord Sri Narasimha inside the cave .

Presently ,  the Azhwar Theertham is known as Kapila Theertham .This place is glorified for the Paramasiva temple  installed by  Kapila Rishi  and hence the name  Kapileswara. This wonderful temple is  one and half miles from Tirupati.  It is also said ,during  the ‘Kartika’ month  on the ‘Purnima’ (full moon) day,  many locals assemble to have darshan of Azhwars and Paramasivan

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In the Tamil DivyaPrabhandam sree sookthee Azhwars have sung  around 202 divine pasurams on LORDSHIPS   . By  having a holy dip in Azhwar Theertham,  the devotee  gets purified physically

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  This is similar to our journey to Sri Vaikuntam. It is explained in detail  about  the journey in the Archaradhi gadhi, that enroute the  jiva atma  has a purificatory dip in Viraja Nadhi .

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 As Tirumala is  Bhooloka  Vaikuntam,  Alwar Theertham is like Viraja river  and so it would be appropriate to take a holy dip  here before we have darshan  of LORD up hills!By doing so, the soul sheds the  Tamo and Rajo  gunam and proceeds to Alipiri, the foot of the Hills. Trekking  up the holy  hills  is considered to be very sacred. Recalling the inner meanings of the Azhwars divya prabhandam and Acharyars  who have glorified the Holy Hills in their outpourings one  treks with reverence to have LORD’s darshan ..

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 All animate and inanimate beings on the Hills are  worship able on this sacred Hills  .

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A view of the sacred  hill from the   footpath at Alipiri is seen to be believed. As the summit opens into a spacious, charming valley, the range of the  splendour breaks through several outlets like fantastically shaped rocks in the form of serpentine roads.

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The flora and fauna on  the Holy Hills  provide an example of a perfect ecological balance by nature.

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  The imposing chain of seven hills extending in curves with its intermediate ranges and ridges  resembles the divine serpent, Adisesha.

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It is mentioned in Sri Venkatesa Suprabhatam, the range of 7 hills are  celebrated   as Seshalam, Garudachalam, Venkatadri, Narayanadri, Vrishabhadri, Anjanadri, Neeladri  and represents the great serpent bed   As per Upanishads ,  in brief  the Jeevatma passes through five stages in its spiritual evolution , namely, Annamayya  kosa , Pranamaya kosa , Manomaya kosa  Vignanamaya  and Anandamaya kosams.

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The  devotee  sheds Annamaya kosa at this holy place Azhwar Theetham . After a  holy dip  and blessings  of Swamy Nammazhwar  he   ascends the holy hills  in the  Pranamaya stage on  to the Hills. Once he  reaches the Mokaala Parvatham (the knee breaking ascent )  with abundant mercy  he moves  into Manaomaya kosam and  with serious quest to seek LORD from  heart and the mind he approaches JagathAcharyar Swamy Ramanujar  shrine . ( The appended post describes about this ancient temple )

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The darshan enlightens  him with knowledge  of the  real relationship between prakruti,  jeevatma and Paramatma  .  

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With the  blessings of Swamy Ramanuja he   reaches the  sacred hills . He is advised to take a dip in Swami Pushkarini near the temple. From here he gets inspiration and seeks the lotus feet of Lord Varaha  ( Gnana Piran) (Sri Bhoovaraha Swami ) and gets  further enlightened  thus the  the Vignanamaya kosa is activated .  The final stage is reached when he  seeks union with the supreme  Lord  our  Lord  Venkateshwara  in the Aananda nilaya vimanam.

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 When Anandam( bliss )  takes possession of the soul, there is no further need for  any desire other than reaching his lotus feet permanently ……  The great devotee Annamaya submits to the LORD in this appended kirtana a jivas struggle to reach HIS lotus feet … Check the meanings too in this clip ….

 

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

Pics : Google images  

Videos credits : Ramyagiri

 

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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8 Responses to Azhwar Theertham at Tirupati

  1. krishnan narayanan says:

    Going to Tirumala is more a ritual or holidaying nowadays. I have visited number of times but without knowledge, thanks to you next time when I go I will really attain The Lords darshan with spiritual knowledge. Hope we have people like you in Tirumala to guide the devotees to have Darshan with Spirituality..

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  2. Thanks for sharing about Azwar Theertham at Tirumathi. I have never been book both in any Theertham at Tirupathi. Once I took both in the Tirupathi Tank for doing pradhashnam. When I read the above TIRUMALA HILLS , Azhwar Theertham ( Kapila Theertham) I felt as if took bath in that. Even if we don’t take bath in the Theeratham, if we see the pictures of the same in the website, it will be more than enough to take bath. Thank you once more.

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  3. Komalam says:

    Thank you for the informative news letter. I was there in the place but did not take a bath. If God wills will try to do next time.

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  4. SATYA GOPALAN says:

    Hari Om!
    Learnt the song. Thanks a million for keeping adiyen in the spirit of Venkatachalapathy!
    -Ramanuja Dasan! Jai Sriman Narayana!

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  5. SATYA GOPALAN says:

    Hari Om!
    Next time, when Adiyen visit Tirupati, Your Guidance on Alwar Theertham will serve as the Code & Dictionary! Next “Ekkadi Manusha…….” Annamaya pasuram – Captivates one’s sentiments reg. Life – represented by Soul catchy pictures – added Tirukkanamudhu via Arti Meanings – Golden repeated Advice one erases memory – Delusion. Adiyen’s nerves are tilted until I do learn the song & shower in front of Ramanujacharya!
    Pearls & Diamonds & Platinums do dwell deep in the ocean! But, for Varadan’s efforts one misses the goal itself. What Tirukacchi Nambi to Kanchi Varadan – You VARADAN are to Sri Vaishnavites at large.
    It is for the fish to fall into the net – It’s for the Crane to catch the Big Fish!
    It’s for the Sadaka Bird to look for the rain! – It’s for the bees to go in search of flowers!
    Adiyen is Blessed with Sat Sangam of Varadan!
    – Adiyen Ramanuja Dasan – Jai Sriman Narayana!

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  6. devarajan says:

    swamin, u r really blessed. We await much more such information on divinity, v too are blessed by your guidance on such matters – devarajan, mysore

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