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Pilgrimage places in and around Venkatachala mountain

Pilgrimage places in and around Venkatachala mountain

KRISHNA TEERTHA

sutaji narrated a tale to all the assembled sages--During ancient times, a brahmin named Ramakrishna did an austere penance at Venketachala (Today's Tirupati) mountain. He remained immobile during the entire course of his penance resulting into the development of mole hills all over his body. Indra was scarred by Ramakrishna's penance and caused a heavy downpour for a week. All the mole hills were washed away from Ramakrishna's body. Lord Srinivasa became pleased and appeared before him. He blessed Ramakrishna by saying--'This holy place, where you have performed a great penance will be named after you as Krishna teerth. Anybody who makes a pilgrimage to this place will be liberated from all the sins.'
Eulogizing Lord Venketashwar, sutaji says---
'A man, who has the good fortune of seeing the divine appearance of Lord Srinivasa even for a moment, attains salvation.

SOME OTHER PLACES OF PILGRIMAGE ON VENKATACHALA MOUNTAIN

All the sages then requested sutaji to tell about some other places of pilgrimage situated on Venketachala mountain.
Sutaji replied---There are about one hundred and eight holy places situated on Venketachala mountain. Among all these holy places, six are considered to be capable of bestowing salvation---Swami pushkarini, Akasha ganga, Papavinashini, Panduteertha, Kumara dharika teertha and Tumbu teertha.

ANJANA'S PENANCE AT AKASHAGANGA TEERTHA

Describing how Vayudeva had once assured Anjana that he would take birth as her son, Sutaji told the sages---Anjana, being issue less even after a long married life, decided to do penance in order to beget a son. Sage Matanga advised her to go to Akashaganga teertha where her wishes would get fulfilled. Sage Matanga also described the geographical location-- 'At a distance of ten yojanas towards south is situated Dhanachala mountain, which is believed to be the abode of Lord Nrisimha. Brahma teertha lies in its vicinity. At a distance of ten yojanas south of Brahma teerth, flows river 'Suvarnamukhari'. Venkentachala mountain is situated to the north of this river and the holiest place called Swamipushkarni is situated among its numerous peaks. You should visit that place and take a holy dip in its water. After that you should seek the blessings of Lord Varahaaswami and Lord Venketeshwara. You should then go towards north of Swami teertha and you would reach Akashaganga.'
Acting as per Matanga's instructions, Anjana went to Akashaganga teertha and did her penance. Finally Lord Vayudeva appeared before her and promised to incarnate as Hanumana.


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