Monday 21 February 2011

Sashti in Tirumala



24)Manmadhonyaha Pumaan Puthraha Pouthraputhraha Shadaananaha!
Jagathpraano Jyeshtaputhraha Snushaa They Bhaarathee Harey!!

Meaning:
Lord Manmatha is your son! Lord Kumaraswami is your great grandson!!Lord Vayu is your elder son and Goddess Saraswathi is your daughter-in-law!...

The 24th sloka in Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam's wedding chapter clearly mentions the relationship between Lord Subrahmanya Swami and Lord Venkateswara. Not only that, Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam is a branch of Skanda Puranam in which Lord Subrahmanya Swami is stated to have played the key role in organising Lord Venkateswara's wedding. One of the seven sacred 'theerthas' on the seven hills is Sri Kumaradhara, named after Sri Karthikeya. Vamana Purana states that Lord Karthikeya performed penance on Lord Venkateswara as per the advice of His Father, Lord Shiva. There is also a certain belief that Lord Subrahmanya is automatically invoked through prayers to Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala. I firmly believe that "Kuja dosham" is nullified by prayers to Lord Venkateswara. For any malefic influence of Mars in a horoscope, Lord Venkateswara is to be propitiated and for moon's malefic influence Lord Karthikeya could be invoked.
"Nethra darshanam" of Lord Venkateswara on Thursdays and general darshan of Lord Venkateswara on Mondays mitigate the evil effects of badly placed moon in one's natal chart.When I looked up the 'panchangam' to check out the thithi and nakshatram of the day of my concert in Tirumala for SVBC Channel's Nada Neerajanam on 23/02/2011 at 6.oo PM, I was simply thrilled! The 'panchangam' revealed that the day of my concert happened to be 'Sashti' thithi and the divine birth star of Lord Karthikeya, Visakha nakshatram!
I felt it was a message from Lord Venkateswara, re-emphasizing and deepening my fascination for the relation between Lord Venkateswara and Lord Karthikeya!