Sri Datta Venkateswara Darshana

  • Soon after we step into the main Hall of the temple, we see the Dhwaja Stambha and in a moment the divine form of Sri Venkateswara draws all our attention. The great feel , we derive with the glimpse of the Magnificent Murty of Srinivasa is beyond words. It is not an exaggeration to state that, thousands of devotees had the familiar feeling of being the sacred sanctum sanctorum of Tirumala Tirupati Temple, without the maddening crowds.

  • As we proceed towards the front hall we find a rectangular aperture covered with white glass on the eastern lower roof sidewall of the hall. Lo! behold! we can see the golden kalasa atop the Ananda Vimana through the opening of the wall! What a wonderful design that we can simultaneously see the lotus feet of the Lord in the shrine as also at the temple tower! Indeed this is the perfect divine Darshana (vision)! 
  • When we approach the main shrine, we feel ecstatic joy looking at Sri Datta Venkateshware standing on a wide lotus, showing varada hasta and kati hasta, holding Sankha and Chakra with the upperhands, decorated with three big Namas and wearing a diamond studded crown. While the priest offers Harati, we can clearly see the engraved forms of Sridevi and Bhudevi on the Lord's chest, garland of Salagrama around his neck and a huge Sudarshana salagrama near the Lord's feet. These divine articles incessantly transmit pious vibrations to all of us.
  • In case we are more lucky and Sri Swamiji happens to be in the temple area, we can see him offering Harati to Sri Datta Venkateswara or gracefully wiping out the sweat on the cheeks of the idol [In Tirumala temple also, the Lord Venkateswara's idol sweats once in a few days. Similar is the case with Datta Venkateswara. By this instance one must realise that it is an indication of the subtle presence of the Deity and that it is not a mere idol]. When the priests offers the big harati (consisting of many oil lights), we can observe the Shanka and Chakra on the wall behind the Lord Datta Venkateswara's divine form.
  • Proceeding further we see the shrines of Padmavati and Dhanvantari on the left and right sides of the main hall. These magnificent shrines, made of equisite Red Sand Stone  sculpture from  Rajasthan  are endowed with the the idols of Ashta Lakshmi, Maha Kali, Maha Lakshmi, Maha Saraswati and Dasha Avataaras of Lord Maha Vishnu.

  • We can also have Darshan of beautiful Murty of Lord Dattatreya and Lord Sri Krishna in the South East and North East corners of the Main Hall.
  • Sri Swamiji had also consecrated eleven Sarvadosha Hara Shiva lingas made of different precious stones, in the South West Corner of the Temple Complex. Sarvadosha Hara is the form of Shiva, who dispels all negativity and blemishes.
  • Nama Koti Mandapam is a special place, which holds crores (millions) of Holy Names written and submitted by devotees.The mention of these Mantras and Naama enhances the power of Knowledge and Well being for the pilgrims. Hence, Sri Swamiji has installed a statue of Goddess Saraswati for the benefit of students. Devotees can offer a small tile with their wish written on that.
  • Marakata Subrahmanya Temple is the latest addition to the Holy Complex. The powerful statue made of precious Marakata (Green) stone is said to possess mirculous healing powers. Therefore, devotees turn up for Abhishekam on Friday and Kruttika Nakhastra to receive Teertham.
  • The consecration of Naaga Mandala doubles the significance of Subrahmanya Temple. Devotees offer Puja themselves to Naaga Vigrahas, periodically to get rid of Naga Dosha.
  • Adjacent to the northern compound wall, we find a huge rock with Datta's idol on one side and Lakshmi Varaha Swami on the other side. An Audumbara tree is seen close to the rock. it is by a divine miracle that the rock was brought here from Mekedatu - the powerful birth place of Sri Swamiji.