[Advaita-l] Any Vishnu temples run by smarthas?

abhishek sm abhishek046 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 27 03:17:50 CST 2012

It is a legend that Sri Shankara established the Sri Chakra at
Tirupati and even composed the Vishnu Padadi Keshanta stotra
describing the Lord from head to foot.
Not only that, Shankaracharya is also said to have established a
Dhanakarshana yantra at Tirupati and a Janakarshana yantra at Sri
He is said to have composed the Ranganatha Ashtakam as well.

On 1/27/12, Venkata sriram P <venkatasriramp at yahoo.in> wrote:
> Namaste,
> ///
> Just curious, is the deity considered to be self-manifested here?
> //
> I don't know whether it is considered to be self-manifested or not.  But
> legend
> says that the landlord of Pithapuram (Pithapuram Zamindar) was mysteriously
> guided in a dream and was ordered to dig a certain place in the mountain
> to find these idols.  Unline other vishnu idols, this Satyanarayana idol
> has a "moustache" which denotes the "veeratva" to resemble the "kShAtra
> tejas".
> And hence, named as "Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy".
> Whatever be the legend, i was told that these idols were consecrated by this
> zamindar
> and placed the moustache as a mark of his dynasty so that people would
> recognize
> the similarities of "veera lakShaNa" both in the Idols as well as his
> dynasty.
> Several are such temples which were constructed by the Kings and the deity
> marks
> certain semblances of those kings and are even named after those kings so
> that posterity
> would remember them and their "veeratva" in the battles.  So, this
> satyanarayana swamy temple could be one among them.
> //
> Talking of yantras, there is a legend that SrI Adi Sankara established a
> yantra at tirupati. However, I cannot vouch for the authenticity of this
> legend.
> //
> Not sure whether Sankara Bhagavatpada established yantra in Tirupati because
> i didn't
> find anything near the feet because I usually have the darshan very closely
> owing
> to my closeness with TTD Board Officials.
> But again, this probability cannot be overruled and neglected because
> certain subtle things are only revealed through "upAsana bala".  It is said
> that Srividya Mantra Japa Siddhi is easily achieved if practiced in Tirumala
> Kshetra.
> regs,
> sriram
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