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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the famous Teerths in and around Tirupati?

Ravinder Malik DEC 10 2012
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Literally, Teerth is a pilgrimage site which provides the inspiration to enable one to cross over from worldly engagement to the side of nirvana. This divine city has 17 such Teerth which merge in the Swami Pushkarini Lake. Legend has it that a devotee of Venkateswara named Padmanabha worshipped the Lord here for 12 years. A few must visit are:

  • Chakra Theertham

    Located near to Sila thoranam, the theertham has an amazing legend attached to it. According to it, Lord Brahma wanted to observe repentance, and to cleanse this place special Lord Vishnu plunged his Sudarshana Chakra, thus creating a crater. It is the site where the idol of Lord Venkateswara is brought during the Brahmotsavam celebrations. A visit here is considered sacred and is believed to deliver the devotees from their travails. The waterfall here is an astounding sight and truly wonderful.

  • Kapila Theertham

    Located around 4 kilometres away from Tirupati Railway Station, it is at the foot of Sheshadri Hill and is the abode of Kapileswara, dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Linga. This place is the site of a refreshing waterfall waterfall here which falls in the pond just beside the temple from a height of more than 100 feet, where Lord Shiva is believed to have appeared and blessed the Sage Kapila. Kartika Purnima in the month of November is celebrated with grand splendour.

  • Akashganga

    Situated at a distance of about 3 kilometres from the Tirumala bus stand, it is a sacred perennial stream whose water is used for the daily rituals in the temples of Tirumala. It is a beautiful waterfall on the foothill of Venkatadri that holds fabulous legends about its origin according to which the Lord himself had showed this waterfall to the person who used to bring water for his daily poojas. Akashganga is found in the Vedas and it is believed that it originates from the feet of the deity. You can reach this place by cabs from the main temple which are both shared and private. You will have to trek for just 5 to 10 minutes to reach this place.

  • Vaikuntha Theertham

    Situated approximately 3 kilometres from the Tirupati Bus Station, it is located towards the north east of the main shrine of Lord Venkateswara. This theertham is associated with Lord Vishnu's incarnation as Lord Rama. It is commonly believed that the monkeys from Lord Rama's Vanara Sena saw Vaikuntham at this place and hence it came to be known as Vaikuntha Theertham.

These places have a divine charm about them and will surely provide the never found peace. So, what are you waiting for? Come and let the divinity of these places take you to new levels of spirituality.

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