[Advaita-l] Is Tirupati's Balaji a Buddhist deity (Avalokiteshwara)?

Shashi raghavadasa at gmail.com
Sun Feb 25 08:31:37 EST 2018

All old arguments repeated ad nauseum, stemming from the premise that Brahmins were usurpers of everything good in Buddhism. 

Brief response:

(1) There are eka devata temples throughout India for deities across the Hindu spectrum of gods

(2) Pancaratrika Vaishnavas, who until Ramanuja were not recognized as orthodox Brahmins, always considered Tirupati to be Vishnu, even while Indian Buddhism was well and alive, 

(3) the Tamil silappattikaram, written in around the 1 st century ad, when Buddhism was st its height in Tamil Nadu, refers to Ranganathaswami as Lord Vishnu, while no Buddhist texts refer to it as a Buddhist shrine. 

(4) The deity at Tirupati is clearly male with a male anatomy 

At the end of the day, I will take the word of Tyagaraja or Purandara Dasa over anyone. Everything is about exposing a conspiracy now, even when there is no such thing. In the words of the old Christian gospel song, "whatever happened to that old time religion?" Without shraddha, nothing is possible. 

Om namo narayanaya.
Sita ramachandra parabrahmane namah

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> On Feb 25, 2018, at 4:57 AM, Aditya Kumar via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> I had earlier posted a query regarding the difference between Ranganathaswamy and Padmanabhaswamy. Seems like everything falls into place now. Tirumala's Balaji is not Vishnu, it is the Buddhist deity Avalokiteshwara or Padmapani. Similarly, Ranganathaswamy is a spitting image of 'reclining Buddha' whereas the Vedic deity Narayana is Padmanabhaswamy. 
> Link to article : http://creative.sulekha.com/dr-k-jamanadas-proves-tirupati-temple-as-a-buddhist-shrine_295854_blog
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