Pureprayer offers greetings to all on the occasion of Vaikuntha Yekadashi.
Yekadashi (Or the eleventh day) occurring in the bright fortnight of Magashiramaas (Tamil: Margazhi) is more popular as Vaikuntha Yekadashi. This is also known as Mokshada Yekadashi. Margashiramaas is known as Dhanurmaas in the solar calendar and is the last month in Dakshinayana.
Vikuntha is a Sanskrit word meaning no shortage. Performing fast on the eleventh day during the season of plenty, dedicating it to the Supreme Conscious is said to bring in a lot of health benefits.
Yekadashi has become more or less synonymous of fasting day. In other words, it is believed that fasting is the most important aspect of Yekadashi. As our body is made up of water and has saline content like the ocean, the Moon is said to exert an influence on our body and anything that influences the body can influence the mind as well.
Our ancestors have said to have practiced fast on Ekadashi to reap all the health benefits. When the stomach is without food, the toxins in the body are cleared. Fasting and meditating about Lord, therefore has a purifying effect on the body and mind.
It is believed that Vaikunta Dwaram is open on this Vaikuntha Yekadashi day in the abode of Lord Vishnu. Devotees believe that taking the darshan of the Lord on this day passing through Vaikuntha Dwaram in the temple is akin to reaching the Vaikuntha.
Pureprayer takes you on Spiritual Journeys to one such abode (Vaikuntha) where, the lord is believed to have wed Padmavati. This Vaikuntha is the Sri Kalyana Venkateshwara temple in Narayanavanam.
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Where is Sri Kalyana Venkateshwara temple?
Sri Kalyana Venkateshwara temple located in Narayanavanam of Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the form of Srinivasa. Sri Kalyana Venkateshwara temple is located about 38 km from Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams.
What is the importance of Sri Kalyana Venkateshwara temple?
Lord Srinivasa is said to have married Padmavati in this region. This is known as Padmavati Parinayam. Many devotees looking to find right suitors visit the temple before beginning to search for the alliance. Brhamotsav performed in the months of Vaishakhmaas occurring in April-May season attracts devotees in droves to the temple. Padmavati Parinayam is believed to taken place in the Vrushabhamaas or Vaishakham.
You will enter the temple-complex through the huge seven storied Rajagopuram standing 150 feet high. A tall Garuda Pillar is in front of the Garbha Griha (Sanctum) of the temple. The image of Sri Kalyana Venkateshwara is similar to the image in Tirupati. Goddes Padmavati has been consecrated in a separate shrine. A grinding stone used for preparing turmeric is on display here. Fridays are abuzz with women lighting lamps in the shrine.
What is the Puranic background of Padmavati Parinaya?
Srinivasa as a young lad was being brought up by Vakuladevi. Once he went into deep woods during a hunt near the region of Narayanavaram. He chanced upon the belle Padmavati who was being brought up by the king Akasharaya (Akasharaju).
He instantly fell in love with Padavati. He returned to the hut, but could not forget the sight of Padmavati. Vakuladevi learnt about the matter and set out for discussions with the king. Finally the marriage took place in the region of Narayanavaram or Nannaram.
Srinivasa took loans from Kuber, the heavenly keeper of wealth, for the purposes of his marriage. Puranas mention that the lord spent six months in the region before proceeding to Tirupati.
In memory of this marriage, a temple was built here dedicated to Sri Venkateshwara.
What is the Historical background of Sri Kalyana Venkateshwara temple?
The present-day temple complex is believed to have been developed during the reign of Vijayanagara Empire. Rulers of Vijayanagar continued to contribute to the welfare and maintenance of the temple.
Other temples in the complex include Sri Avanakshi temple, Sri Veerabhadra Swamy Temple, Sri Parasareswara Swamy Temple, Sri Agastheeswara Swamy temple and Sri Sakti Vinayaka shrine.
Avanakshi is also known as Amnyaakshi and a fierce form of Goddess Parvati. Padmavati is believed to have performed Gauri Puja in this temple before the marriage.
What are the Nearby Places?
Sri Kalahasti Temple:
Sri Kalahasti temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located about 57 km from Narayanavaram in Andhra Pradesh. The Shivalingam here is popular as Vayulingam and is one of the Panchabhoota Sthalams representing Wind or Air element. The temple is also regarded as Rahu-Ketu kshetra and is a popular destinations for the problems associated with Kalasarpa Dosham.
Chandragiri fort is a historical place dating back to 10th Century CE and located about 50 km from Sri Kalyana Venkateshwara temple. Fort has been built on a rock about 180 metres high. The fort was strengthend during the Vijayanagara Empire rule by Krishnadeva Raya and his succesors. Chandragiri was under the rule of Yadavaraya for about three centuries and came under the control of the Vijayanagarayadava rulers in 1367.
Sri Vyasaraja Teertharu of Dwaita Philosophy used to reside here and was a spiritual advisor to King Saluva Narasimha Deva Raya. He was entrusted with worship at Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. Vyasathirtha resided in Chandragiri fort in the court of Narasimha Raya II. The fort is at a distance of 11 km from Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams and Sri Vyasaraja Teertharu used a route by foot to temple.
Sri Kailasanatheshwara temple:
Sri Kailasanatheshwara temple near Puttur dedicated to Lord Shiva is a must visit place. It is believed that Lord Shiva, who came down to the region of Narayanavaram decided to stay for some time here and selected this place for meditation.
Talakona is famous for the waterfalls and situated amidst picturesque nature about 95 km from Sri Kalyana Venkateshwara temple. The season from October through February is said to be suitable for a visit.
Kanipakam Vinayaka temple:
Kanipakam Varasiddhi Vinayaka temple is another important Yatra destination in Adhra Pradesh located about 80 km from Sri Kalyana Venkateshwara temple. This 11th Century temple is believed to have been renovated and further developed by the rulers of Vijayanagar.
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