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Greatness of the Teerthas - from Skanda Purana - Venkatachala Mahatmya

  1. Kamalasaras - Penance of Devi Lakshmi
  2. Asthisarovara - Brahmana's wife resurrected
  3. Swami Pushkarini - Kashyapa relieved of his sin
  4. Swami Pushkarini - Dharmagupta relieved of his sin
  5. Swami Pushkarini - Sumati relieved of his sin
  6. Krishna Teertham - Penance of Ramakrishna
  7. Papavinasana Teertham - Sumati and Dridhamati relieved of their sins
  8. Papavinasana Teertham - Bhadramati blessed due to Bhudanam
  9. Akashaganga Teertham - Penance of Ramanuja
  10. Akashaganga Teertham - Punyashila relieved of his sin
  11. Akasaganga Teertham - Penance of Anjana
  12. Chakra Teertham - Penance of Padmanabha
  13. Jabali Teertham - Durachara relieved of his sins
  14. Ghona (Tumburu) Teertham - Tumburu's wife relieved of curse
  15. Kataha Teertham - Kesava relieved of his sins
  16. Descent of River Suvarnamukhari - Penance of sage Agastya - Agastya Teertham and Sankha Teertham

Greatness of Kamalasaras (Padmasaras) - Penance of Devi Lakshmi:

Sr Venkateswara Venkatachala Mahatmya (ch 9): Penance of Devi Lakshmi: Sage Suka told prince Tondaman about the greatness of Kamalasaras or Padmasaras (Lake Kamala or Padma). Once Devi Lakshmi due to a curse by sage Durvasa descended upon earth along with Lord Vishnu. She reached the Kamala or Padma lake and performed penance for ten thousand divine years.

Devas eulogize Devi Lakshmi. Devi Lakshmi gives them boon: The devas who were searching for the goddess came to the lake and eulogized Her. Devi Lakshmi became pleased. She gave them the boon whereby they will regain their regions after vanquishing the demons.

Devi Lakshmi gives her blessings to Kamalasaras: Devi Lakshmi also declared that those persons who take bath in this lake and eulogize Her will gain prosperity, learning and finally attain salvation. The Devi then returned to Vaikuntha along with Lord Vishnu.

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Greatness of Asthisarovara - Brahmana's wife resurrected:

Sr Venkateswara Venkatachala Mahatmya (ch 10): Brahmana Virasarman keeps his pregnant wife with the king: There was an excellent brahmana named Virasarman. He belonged to Vasistha gotra and was a Samavedin. Once he was going to a pilgrimage to Kashi with his wife Lakshmi. On the way his wife became pregnant. The brahmana came to the king and requested him to look after her till he returns from pilgrimage. The king accomodated her in the inner apartments and sanctioned food grains and allowances for six months.

Brahmana Virasarman returns after two years: Brahmana Virasarman visited Prayaga, Kashi, Gaya, Ayodhya, Badarivana and Salagrama. He took bath in the holy Teerthas and performed the appropriate rites. In this way two years elapsed and then the brahmana returned to the king.

The brahmana lady dies in the meantime: The king had forgotten about the wife of the brahmana. Her sanction of foodgrains came to an end. The proud brahmana lady dies in the house and her body became dry.

King Tondaman takes refuge of Lord Srinivasa: King Tondaman became frightened. He went to the Lord's place through the underground cave path during an odd hour. Seeing the king at that odd hour Sridevi and Bhudevi hid themselves. The king met Lord Srinivasa and told him about his predicament.

Lord Srinivasa instructs the king to bathe the dead body at Asthisaras: Lord Srinivasa instructed the king to take the dead body of the brahmana lady to lake Athisaras and bathe it on the Dwadasi day. As instructed by the Lord, the king set the ladies in palanquins along with the dead body of the brahmana's wife, and took them to the lake. The ladies bathed in the lake and immersed the dead body of the brahmana's wife in that water. The brahmana's wife came back to life and united with his husband. The brahmana came to know about the glory of Venkatesa and blessed the king.

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Greatness of Swami Pushkarini - Kashyapa relieved of his sin:

Sr Venkateswara Venkatachala Mahatmya (ch 11): About king Parikshit: King Parikshit was the grandson of Arjuna (of Mahabharata) and the son of Abhimanyu. He was a very righteous king who ruled from Hastinapura.

King Parikshit commits a wrong act on sage Samika: The king was then sixty years old. One day he went for hunting in the forest. He roamed about afflicted with hunger and thirst. In the course of pursuing a deer the king came to the hermitage of sage Samika. The sage was then engrossed in meditation and was also observing a vow of silence. The king enquired the sage about the deer (repeatedly) but did not get any reply. Overcome by anger the king lifted a dead snake with the tip of his arrow and placed it around the shoulders of the sage. Then the king went away and returned to the city.

Sringin, the son of the sage curses the king: Sringin, the son of the sage came to know about this incident from a brahmana named Krishna. Sringin became furious and cursed that whoever had placed the dead snake around the shoulders of his father will die within seven days by being bitten by serpent Takshaka.

Sage Samika scolds his son for his rash behaviour: Sage Samika knew that Parikshit was a very righteous king and his act was only due to his momentary anger. He scolded his son for his rash behaviour and said that patience and forbearance which dispels anger are the means of obtaining supreme happiness. A person endowed with these can attain the greatest good.

Sage Samika informs king Parikshit about the curse: Then sage Samika sent his disciple named Gauramukha to inform king Parikshit about this curse. Gauramukha met the king and informed him accordingly. The king was grief-stricken.

King Parikshit prepares for his final days: King Parikshit built a very high mandapa on the middle of river Ganga which was supported by a single pillar. He invited many physicians who knew about medicinal herbs to quell the poison of snakes. The king sat on that lofty mandapa accompanied by sages, brahmanas and saintly kings.

Kashyapa goes to save the king; Takshaka makes him return back: Kashyapa, a very poor brahmana, who was expert in the use of mantras to quell the poison of serpents, was going to save the king from the poison of Takshaka. It was the seventh day. Takshaka, in the guise of a brahmana met Kashyapa on the way and came to know of his intentions. Takshaka then revealed his identity and challenged Kashyapa to revive a tree which he was going to burn down with his poison. Kashyapa accepted the challenge. Takshaka selected a lofty tree and with his poison reduced it to ashes. A man had climbed that tree and he too was reduced to ashes. Kashyapa then chanted his mantras and with the power of his mantras revived the burnt tree. He also revived the man who was burnt down along with the tree. Seeing the power of Kashyapa, Takshaka then tried to dissuade him from going to the king by other means. He told Kashyapa that he should not turn the word of a sage false by reviving the king. He also lured Kashyapa wih the gifts of valuable gems, much more than what the king will give him as a reward. Hearing the arguments of Takshaka, Kashyapa was then convinced that the king was destined to live only for a short period. Also lured by the gifts of valuable gems, he returned back.

Takshaka kills king Parikshit: Takshaka then made the other serpents assume the guise of brahmanas and go to the king with fruits. Takshaka hid inside one of those fruits by taking the form of a small worm. At the appropriate time he came out of the fruit, enlarged his form, and coiled round the king. All those who were around fled out of fear. Takshaka then reduced the king to ashes along with the entire mandapa. Then the last rites of king Parikshit was performed and his son Janamejaya was crowned as the next king.

Kashyapa becomes an object of censure: After this incident Kashyapa became an object of censure of the people (because he did not save a very righteous king even though he was capable). He did not get any place to stay in any land or hermitage. He was driven out from all places by the people.

Kashyapa takes refuge of sage Sakalya: Being driven out from every place, and becoming an object of censure of the people, Kashyapa led a very miserable life. He could not understand his sin. At last he took refuge of sage Sakalya. He bowed to the sage and asked the reason why he was censured by the world even though he has not committed any grave sin. Sage Sakalya through his yogic vision came to know the reason. He told Kashyapa that a person who has the ability but does not save another person from poison or ailments is a grave sinner. He has been afflicted by that sin.

Sage Sakalya tells Kashyapa to bathe in Swami Pushkarini to dispel his sin: Knowing about his sin Kashyapa asked about the remedy. Sage Sakalya told Kashyapa to go to Venkatadri and bathe in Swami Pushkarini which is the dispeller of all sins. Thereafter visit Lord Varaha and Lord Srinivasa who are abiding there.

Kashyapa takes bath in Swami Pushkarini and regains his honour: Kashyapa then went to Venkatadri and took bath in that holy Swami Pushkarini following all requisite observances. His sin was dispelled and he again became worthy of honour of all kinsmen and people.

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Greatness of Swami Pushkarini - Dharmagupta relieved of his sin:

Sr Venkateswara Venkatachala Mahatmya (ch 13): About king Dharmagupta: There was a king by name Nanda born in the Lunar race who ruled his kingdom righteously. He had a son named Dharmagupta. During his old age Nanda entrusted his kingdom to Dharmagupta and went to perform penance. Dharmagupta was a very righteous king and a skilled statesman. During his reign the people were devoted to dharma and there were no thieves.

Dharmagupta goes for hunting in the forest and evening sets in: Once Dharmagupta went to a forest for hunting. The forest was filled with lions, tigers and other wild animals. While he was roaming in the forest evening set in and darkness enveloped everywhere. The king performed the evening Sandhya and repeated the Gayatri mantra. Then he climbed a tree to spend the night there.

Dharmagupta meets a bear in the forest: A certain bear who was chased by a lion also climbed that tree. The lion waited at the base of that tree. The bear told the king that they should sleep on the tree by taking turns. The bear will protect the king while the king was asleep and the king will protect the bear while the bear was asleep. The king agreed.

The bear follows the path of dharma and protects the king: The king slept on the tree during the first half of the night. The lion told the bear to give him the king, but the bear said that treachery to a friend is the worst sin which cannot be destroyed even by thousands of yagnas. The bear protected the king all through his sleep.

The king commits an act of treachery against the bear: During the second half of the night the bear slept putting his head on the lap of the king. When the lion told Dharmagupta to give away the bear, he unhesitatingly pushed down the bear. Fortunately the bear did not fall on the ground but supported himself holding the tree.

The bear reveals his true identity (of Dhyanakashta) and curses the king: Then the bear revealed his true identity to the king. He said that he is Dhyanakastha, a scion of the family of Bhrigu. He can take any form. Since the king has committed an act of treachery he cursed the king to become mad.

Dhyanakashta reminds the lion of his true identity; The lion gets released from his cursed body: Dhyanakashta then told the lion that he was actually a Yaksha, a minister of Kubera by name Bhadra. He was cursed by sage Gautama for sporting naked with maidens near the hermitage of that sage. The lion remembered the curse of sage Gautama. He also remembered that the sage told him that his curse will end when he talks with Dhyanakashta in the form of a bear. The curse of the lion ended there and then and he regained his original form of an Yaksha. He bowed to Dhyanakashta, mounted a chariot and went to Alakapuri.

The ministers inform Nanda about the derangement of Dharmagupta: The ministers came to know of the condition of the king. They approached Nanda, the father of Dharmagupta who was performing penance.

Nanda takes refuge of Jaimini: Nanda took his son to Jaimini and implored him to save his son. Jaimini meditated for a long time and came to know that Dharmagupta became insane due to the curse of Dhyanakashta.

Jaimini tells Nanda to bathe his son in Swami Pushkarini: Jaimini told Nanda to take his son to Venkatadri and bathe him in Swami Pushkarini, which is the dispeller of sins.

Dharmagupta takes bath in Swami Pushkarini and gets relieved of his sins: Nanda took his son to Swami Pushkarini in Venkatadri. He made him take bath observing all the holy rites. Dharmagupta got rid of the curse immediately and became normal again. Nanda also took his bath. Then both of them worshipped Lord Srinivasa. Thereafter king Nanda departed to the forest for penance. Dharmagupta ruled his kingdom as a very righteous king.

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Greatness of Swami Pushkarini - Sumati relieved of his sin:

Sr Venkateswara Venkatachala Mahatmya (ch 14): About Sumati: In Maharashtra, there was an orthodox brahmana named Yajnadeva who was well-versed in the Vedas. He was compassionate, hospitable and worshipped Lord Shiva and Narayana. He had a son named Sumati.

Due to evil association Sumati strayed in the wrong path: Due to association with some lecherous persons Sumati strayed in the wrong path. He left his father and chaste wife. He went to Utkala and mixed with a Kirata woman for sensual pleasures. He stole things from others and gave it to that woman. He took food in her house and drank liquor with her.

Sumati kills a brahmana and was possessed by Brahmahatya: Once Sumati went to steal in the house of a brahmana along with other Kiratas. Displaying a ferocious behaviour he killed the brahmana and took away his wealth. The terrible Brahmahatya (evil spirit of the sin of killing a brahmana) then possessed him. Sumati ran hither and thither but could not get rid of that evil spirit.

Sumati takes refuge of his father: Finally Sumati returned to his own house and sought refuge of his father Yajnadeva. Brahmahatya threatened his father that his whole family will be destroyed if he tried to save Sumati. But out of love for his son, Yajnadeva could not back off.

Yajnadeva takes refuge of sage Durvasas: Fortunately at that time sage Durvasas came there. The sage was a part of Shankara. Yajnadeva lamented and described their predicament to the sage. Yajnadeva mentioned that Sumati was his only son and without him there will be no one to offer rice-balls to the manes. Durvasas took pity on that virtuous brahmana and meditated for a long time. Then he said that Sumati had committed grave sins which cannot be expiated even with ten thousand methods of expiation.

Sage Durvasas suggests to bathe Sumati in Swami Pushkarini: When Yajnadeva implored for a remedy, sage Durvasas suggested Yajnadeva to take his son to Venkatadri and bathe him in Swami Pushkarini which is the dispeller of all sins.

Sumati takes bath in Swami Pushkarini and was relieved of his sins: Following the advice of sage Durvasas, Yajnadeva took his son to Swami Pushkarini. He made his son bathe in that holy water. Sumati was relieved of his sins and the evil spirit of Brahmahatya left him. An ethereal voice told Yajnadeva that his son has become purified by the holy bath on that Teertha, the Teertha which is like an axe to the tree of sins.

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Krishna Teertham - Penance of Ramakrishna:

Sr Venkateswara Venkatachala Mahatmya (ch 15): Story of Ramakrishna: There was a brahman named Ramakrishna who was a great sage. He was established in Brahman and was endowed with good qualities. He was truthful, kind to all living beings, impartial towards both enemies and friends and the master of his senses.

Sage Ramakrishna performs a great penance: Once sage Ramakrishna performed a great penance. He stood on the earth motionless for many hundreds of years. His body got covered with an anthill but he was not aware of it. Vasava, the rain-god showered heavy rains on him for seven days continuously. The sage withstood the downpour of rains with closed eyes. Then with a deafening sound a thunderbolt fell upon the anthill. The top of the anthill crumbled.

Lord Srinivasa appears before Ramakrishna and gives boon: When the top of the anthill crumbled, Lord Srinivasa appeared before sage Ramakrishna. The Lord was holding conch, discus and iron club. He was adorned with forest flowers and seated on the Garuda. The Lord gave the boon that the Teertha will be named after him and it will become famous in the world. A person who takes bath in that Teertha on the day of the Lord's manifestation will attain great merit. The day for the holy bath is when the Sun is in the Capricon zodiac on the full moon day in conjunction with the constellation Pushya. Thus the Teertha became famous in the world as as the Krishna Teertha.

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Papavinasana Teertham - Sumati and Dridhamati relieved of their sins:

Sr Venkateswara Venkatachala Mahatmya (ch 19): Story of Dridhamati: There was a sudra by name Dridhamati who had the intense desire to perform the ceremonial rites of the brahmanas. Once he approached the penance grove of Brahma in the Himavan where many brahmanas resided.

Dridhamati requests the brahmanas to initiate him, but they refuse: Dridhamati prostrated before the brahmanas and requested them to initiate him in the performance of the yagna. The brahmanas honoured him but told that a sudra cannot be initiated in the rites of the brahmana. On the other hand it is the duty of a sudra to serve the brahmanas with great faith.

Dridhamati sets up his own hut: Dridhamati then went away and built his own splendid hut far away from the penance grove. He built temples, gardens and lakes around the hut. He worshipped the deities and observed fasts and other holy observances. He performed homa himself. With great control of the senses he lived on roots and fruits. In this way much time passed.

Brahmana Sumati comes there and develops affection for Dridhamati: Once a brahmana named Sumati comes to the hut of Dridhamati as a guest. Dridhamati welcomed Sumati and served him by offering water for washing, fruits and other hospitalities. Sumati became pleased with Dridhamati. He used to visit the hut of Dridhamati again and again and slowly developed affection for him.

Sumati teaches Dridhamati the performance of holy rites: One day Dridhamati asked Sumati to teach him the performance of the rites related to offering of Havyas and Kavyas to the manes. Sumati taught him everything.

Sumati excommunicated by other brahmanas. Later dies: Sumati was fed by the sudra Dridhamati for a long time. And he taught him the rites of the brahmanas. He was therefore excommunicated by the other brahmanas. Later he died.

Miseries of Sumati after death. Rebirth in many species: Due to his sin of long association with a sudra and imparting him sacred knowledge, Sumati was cast in a hell and remained there for thousand crores of kalpas. Then he remained as an immobile being. Then born as a donkey, pig and crow. Then as a human being as candala, sudra, vaishya, kshatriya and finally a brahmana. As a brahmana he was invested with a sacred thread. He continued with the duties of a brahmana remaining in his father's house. But one day he was haunted by a Brahmarakshasa in the forest. He cried in agony and sometimes laughed foolishly. He gave up all his duties. His father was greatly distressed.

Sumati was relieved of his miseries by bath in the Papavinasana Teertha: His father took his son and sought refuge of sage Agastya who was performing penance on the banks of river Suvarnamukhari. Sage Agastya meditated for a long time. Then he said that the miseries of his son are due to imparting sacred knowledge to a sudra in an earlier birth. He had to undergo many births and suffer a lot due to this sin. By his good works he is now born as a brahmana but Yama sent a Brahmarakshasa due to his earlier sins. Sage Agastya then suggested the father to take his son to Papavinasana Teertha of Venkatachala. Then bathe him in the holy waters for three days. The father prostrated before the sage and took his son to that great Teertha. With due Samkalpa he made his son bathe in the holy waters of that Teertha for three days. He himself also took bath. After bathing in that Teertha, his son was released by the Brahmarakshasa and also became free of his ailments. He thereafter lived a prosperous life and finally attained salvation.

Miseries of Dridhamati after death. Rebirth in many species: Due to his sin of performing the rites of a brahmana, Dridhamati was also cast in the hell. Subsequently he was reborn in low species. Thereafter he became a vulture in the Venkatachala mountain.

Dridhamati was relieved of his miseries by bath in the Papavinasana Teertha: One day the vulture drank the water of the Papavinasana Teertha and sprinkled it all over its body. He became relieved of his sins and attained a divine personality. He then went to heaven in a celestial chariot.

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Papavinasana Teertham - Bhadramati blessed due to Bhudanam:

Sr Venkateswara Venkatachala Mahatmya (ch 20): About Bhadramati: There was an excellent brahmana called Bhadramati who was the master of the Vedas, Puranas and scriptures on Dharma. He had six wives and two hundred sons. However he was very poor. His family was afflicted with hunger and this tormented him.

Bhadramati laments due to his poverty: One day Bhadramati started lamenting due to his miserable life filled with poverty and hunger. He lamented that poverty drowns even a person with good qualities and fortune elevates even an evil person in the eyes of society. He lamented that poverty drowns even a person who is the master of scriptures. Thinking along these lines the brahmana was plunged in despair.

Kamini, the wife of Bhadramati suggests her husband to give Bhudanam at the Papavinasana Teertha at Venkatadri: At that time Kamini, the wife of Bhadramati consoled her husband. She told about the sacred Venkatachala mountain on the bank of river Suvarnamukhari which is frequented by sages. She told about the Papavinasana Teertha which removes the miseries of a person and endows him with prosperity. She told about Bhudanam, the gift of land after taking Samkalpa in that Teertha. The gift of land fulfills the wishes of a person. She told about the incident where her father made a gift of land after hearing about its greatness from Sri Narada. Thereafter her father became very wealthy. Then Kamini told her husband about the greatness of making the gift of land.

Bhadramati starts for Venkatachala. Gets a piece of land as gift: Hearing the words of his wife Kamini, Bhadramati started for Venkatachala along with his wives and sons. First he came to a city named Sushila. He went to an eminent and prosperous brahmana named Sughosa and asked for a land measuring five hands. Sughosa extended his hospitality and made a gift of that land. Due to this gift of land, Sughosa along with the crores of his family members attained the abode of Vishnu.

Bhadramati goes to Venkatadri: Accompanied by his wives and sons, Bhadramati reached the Venkatachala mountain. He took his bath in the Swami Pushkarini along with his family. He visited the abode of Lord Varaha and Lord Srinivasa on the bank of Swami Pushkarini.

Bhadramati bathes in the Papavinasana Teertha and gifts land. Gets darshan of Lord Srinivasa and the boon of prosperity: After bowing down to Srinivasa, Bhadramati went to the Papavinasana Teertha and bathed there following the injunctions. He made a gift of the land there which he had received earlier from Sughosa. At that time Lord Srinivasa manifested Himself before the brahmana. The Lord was holding conch, discus and club and was wearing a garland of forest flowers. The Lord was seated on the Garuda. Bhadramati eulogized the Lord. On being eulogized the Lord became pleased. He gave the boon that Bhadramati along with his family members will be endowed with worldly prosperity, and after death he will attain salvation.

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Akashaganga Teertham - Penance of Ramanuja:

Sr Venkateswara Venkatachala Mahatmya (ch 21): About Ramanuja: There was a devotee of Vishnu called Ramanuja. He was the master of the scriptures. He also had perfect control over his senses. He was a virtuous soul and thought of the welfare of all living beings.

Ramanuja performs penance near Akashaganga Teertha: Once Ramanuja performed severe penance near the Akashaganga Teertha. He repeated the eight-syllabled mantra (Om Namo Narayanaya) and meditated on Vishnu. During summer he sat in the middle of five fires and meditated on Vishnu. During rainy season he sat under the open sky and meditated on Vishnu. During winter he sat inside water and meditated on Vishnu. He was free from mutually opposite pairs (like heat and cold etc.). For many years he lived on leaves, then on water and finally on air only.

The Lord appears before Ramanuja: Pleased with his penance, the Lord appeared before Ramanuja. The Lord had a deep blue colour with the lustre of millions of suns. He held conch, discus and club in His hands. His eyes were like lotus petals. He wore yellow clothes and was adorned with various ornaments. On His chest shone Lakshmi. He was attended by Narada, Sanaka, Vishwaksena and other attendants. Narada and others played flutes, lutes and other musical instruments and sang His glories.

Ramanuja eulogizes the Lord. Lord gives boon. Makes Akashaganga a great Teertha: Ramanuja eulogized the Lord. The Lord was delighted. He embraced Ramanuja and told him to ask for a boon. Ramanuja said that he sees the Supreme Soul which even the yogins and persons devoted only to religious rites do not see. He is contended and blessed with that vision. He only wanted his devotion to the lotus feet of the Lord to remain firm and steady. The Lord granted that boon, and said that after his body perishes, Ramanuja will attain Sarupya mukti. The Lord also made Akashaganga (Viyadganga) a great Teertha. He said that people who take bath in this Teertha when the Sun is in zodiac Aries in conjunction with constellation Citra or on the full moon day will attain the highest region. He declared that all those persons who take bath in this holy water are excellent Bhagavatas. Ramanuja asked the Lord to tell about the characteristics of the Bhagavatas. The Lord described the different characteristics of the Bhagavatas and their beautiful devotion. Their minds always dwell on the Lord. They are absorbed in repeating His names. And they are eager to perform His worship.

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Akashaganga Teertham - Punyashila relieved of his sin:

Sr Venkateswara Venkatachala Mahatmya (ch 22): About Punyashila: There was an excellent brahmana named Punyashila who lived on the bank of river Godavari. He was pure, truthful and merciful. He was devoted to the worship of Gods and performance of holy rites.

Punyashila invites a brahmana (whose wife was barren) in a shraddha ceremony: Once a brahmana who was endowed with good qualities and was the master of Vedas came to the house of Punyashila. Punyashila invited him to take part in the shraddha ceremony. The wife of that brahmana was however barren.

Punyashila became deformed in face: After this incident Punyashila became deformed in face. His face appeared like a donkey. Punyashila became deeply depressed.

Punyashila takes refuge of sage Agastya: Punyashila went to the hermitage of sage Agastya on the banks of river Suvarnamukhari. He bowed down to the sage and asked for the reason for the deformity of his face. Sage Agastya said that the deformity was due to the sin of engaging a brahmana in shraddha ceremony whose wife was barren.

Sage Agastya suggested Punyashila to take bath in Akashaganga: As a remedy, sage Agastya suggested Punyashila to go to Venkatadri and first take bath in Swami Pushkarini, and then Akashaganga by performing the rite of Samkalpa.

Punyashila takes bath in Akashaganga and regains his beautiful form: As suggested by sage Agastya Punyashila took bath in the holy waters of Swami Pushkarini and then Akashaganga by performing the rite of Samkalpa. His deformity of face got cured. His face became beautiful like that of Kamadeva.

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Bharatavarsha - The Land of Gods and Sages:

1. Stotras:
Initial: Ganesha - Hanuman - Gurudeva - Gayatri
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - (Lakshmi - Tulasi - Bhoomi) - Parvati
Others: Murugan - Surya - Ganga - Yamuna - Narmada - Others
Final: Vedas - Brahman

2. Pilgrimages: Pilgrimages

3. Festivals: Festivals

4. Scriptures: Scriptures

5. Saints: Ramakrishna - Vivekananda - Ramana - Saints

6. Sadhana: Sadhana

7. Sanskrit: Sanskrit

8. Nature: Nature

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Om, May there be Peace in Heaven,
May there be Peace in the Sky,
May there be Peace in the Earth,
May there be Peace in the Water,
May there be Peace in the Plants,
May there be Peace in the Trees,
May there be Peace in the Gods in the various Worlds,
May there be Peace in Brahman,
May there be Peace in All,
May there be Peace Indeed within Peace,
Giving Me the Peace which Grows within Me,
Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.

(Shanti Mantra of Upanishad)

Preserve Nature,
And Nature will preserve Us,
Simplify Life,
And make the Nature thrive,
Plant Trees,
And make our planet Green.

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