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Legend of Tirupati lucidly told

Aditya Multimedia Creations Pvt. Ltd. - CD-ROM — The legend of Tirupati - price not mentioned.

THE LEGEND of Tirupati and the descent of Lord Venkateswara to reside at the Seven Hills have been told in clear-cut fashion with many colourful episodes ornamenting the presentation. The illustrations are most inspiring especially the icons of the Lord and His Celestial Consort. A sincere effort to explain the legends and the myths about the Lord both familiar and unfamiliar, the curtain-raiser with the doors of the Sanctum sanctorum opening with the chant of OM and the sound of the conch gives the devotee a wonderful darshan of Venkateswara and Alarmel Mangai Thayar, not withstanding the fact that the latter has Her own sacred precincts at Thiruchanoor, situated at the foot of the Tirumala Hills. For thousands of years He has had His abode in the Seshachala Hills, that represents the Sesha Naga and it is believed that 5,000 years ago even the Pandavas visited the shrine to offer worship to this unparalleled Deity.

The narration describing each episode is clear and merits appreciation. The visuals of Lord Venkateswara, the Golden roof of the temple, the entrance to Tirumala Hills, the temple complex, the master stroke of Narada who was responsible for the Lord leaving His heavenly abode and taking up His earthly residence at Tirumala Hills, the bronze Utsava Murthis of Vishnu and Padmavathy, the gold plated Ananda Nilaya Vimana of the temple, the Varahaswamy temple, the Padmavathy temple at Thiruchanur, Lord Srinivasa's encounter with Padmavathy, Kubera lending money for Vishnu's wedding, the wedding of Vishnu with Padmavathy, the Brahmotsavam, etc, are truly icons that tug the devotees' heart.

In this day and age, even when grandmothers are too busy to regale their grandchildren with tales from mythology, this album is a boon to not only young children, but also elders who would gain a comprehensive understanding about the legend of Tirupati and the greatness of Lord Srinivasa.

S. P.

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