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Chikka Tirupathi - Sri Prasanna Venkateshwara Temple, Kolar

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Chikka Tirupathi - Sri Prasanna Venkateshwara Temple, Kolar
Chikka Tirupati is located in Malur taluk of Kolar district and it is 40KMs from Bangalore.. The main attraction of Chikka Tirupati is Sri Prasanna Venkateshwara temple dedicated to lord Vishnu. The lord is standing with his consort Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi. The right hand is in Varada hasta (the boon granting hand).

The Sthala Puranams says that It is said that the main idol of Lord Prasanna Venkateshwara was installed by Lord Agni the god of fire. The temple is linked to the great epic Mahabharata’s Kandava Dhana Kandam, at the end of Dwaparayuga Lord Agni developed severe stomach problems and indigestion after accepting “Havis” (offerings) from the various yagnas performed during those days. He then went to the Arjuna and Lord Sri Krishna for a solution.

Arjuna suggested that Lord Agni take advantage of the medicinal herbs present in the Kandava forest by eating it whole. Lord Agni did so and during the burning both Arjuna and Krishna guarded the forest so that no one could stop the forest fire. But unfortunately the King of snakes Takhsaka who was trapped in the forest got injured in the fire. An angry Takhsaka cursed Agni and therefore he lost his tejas (brightness).

Chikka Tirupathi - Sri Prasanna Venkateshwara Temple, Kolar
Lord Agni then approached Lord Shiva from help. Shiva advised that he pray and invoke Lord Vishnu’s blessings. As advised by Lord Shiva Agni prayed Lord Vishnu. And our Abhadbhandava Lord Vishnu was able to free him from the curse. A grateful Agni then did the Prathistai of the idol named Prasanna Venkateshwara and built a temple for the Bhagvan The main idol is made from Krishna shila (black rock), about three-and-a-half feet tall and is perched on padma peetam Here i remember a Tamil Proverb the Moorthy Serithu analum Keerthi Perithu that means Even thought the moorthy is small but its fame is great.

There are two unique features of this temple one is that the right hand of the lord is held in an upward mudra called ‘abhay hasta’ while the hand of the Lord in Tirumala is in a downward mudra called ‘Vaikuntha hasta.’ At Chikka Tirupathi the lord is standing with his consort Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi, and there are no separate sanidhi for Goddess Padmavati. The second unique feature is during the Rathotsava a seventy-feet tall wooden chariot is made every year. This similar system exists only in Jagannatha Temple situated at Puri in Orissa

How to Reach:

There are three options to go to Chikka tirupati depending on exits from Bangalore :

1. KR Puram – Hoskote – NH 4 – 1km – right turn towards Malur – 24 km – pass through malur town – railway bridge – right turn – Chikka tirupati is 20 km from there. total distance from Hoskote – 45 km – good roads except vicinity of Malur town.

2. Whitefield road – ITPL – Hope farm circle – straight – 40 km – good / village roads / occasional pot holes

3. St John’s Hospital – Sarjapur road -30 km – pass through sarjapur town ( market / bus stand ) – left turn – 13 km to Chikka tirupati. average roads – 50 / 60 km/hr.

Shortest route to Chikka Tirupathi is via Whitefield – ITPL route and road seems to be quite decent now.

Temple Address:

Sri Prasanna Venkateshwara Temple
Chikka Thirupathi, Pin : 563 156, Kolar District,
Karnataka India.

Sri G Narasimha Murthy Bhattar Tel + 091 08151 238467 may be contacted here.


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