|Prasanna Venkataramana Swamy Temple|
|Deity||Lord Sri Venkateswara|
|Open Hours - Morning||6:30 AM to 12:00 AM|
|Open Hours - Evening||12:00 AM to 7:30 PM|
|Stay|| 40 kms from Bangalore and 15 Kms from Mallur where there is a railway station linking the city.Some hotels in Malur town are
|Tags / Keywords||Tirupati, Lord Venkateshwara, Bangalore Tirupati, Tonsure, Bangalore SightSeeing, Kolar|
|Online Donation Facility||No|
Popularly known as Chikka Tirupati, this 4000 year old temple is considered as an alternative to the famed Tirumala_Venkateswara_Temple temple in Andhra Pradesh. This temple is linked to the epic Mahabharata. It was build by Lord Agni.
Legend of the Temple Towards the end of Dwaparayuga, Lord Agni developed severe stomach ache due to the offerings from so many yagnas. He went to the Pandava brothers Arjuna, along with Krishna. They suggested that he engulf the Kandava forest which has many herbs that will help his stomach ache.
Lord Agni engulfed the entire forest while Arjuna and Krishna stood guard against others stopping this. Unfortunately Snake God Takhsaka was trapped in fire and injured. He cursed Lord Agni that he would loose his tejas (brightness). Lord Agni then on advice of Lord Shiva prayed to Lord Vishnu, who helped him get rid of the curse.
Lord Agni thankful to Lord Vishnu, built this temple.
Uniqueness of this Temple The unique feature of this temple is that the right hand of the lord is held in an upward mudra called "abhay hasta" while the hand of the Lord in Tirumala is in a downward mudra called "Vaikuntha hasta." At Chikka Tirupathi the lord is standing with his consort Sridevi and Bhudevi, and there are no separate shrine for Goddess Padmavati. This God is also known as Varadaraja.
Specialty of the Temple
- Since this is considered as alternative to the main Tirumala_Venkateswara_Temple, head tonsuring is a common practice here
- During Rathotsava a seventy-feet tall wooden chariot is made every year. Only other place to have a similar system is in Puri, Orissa
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