Special story - Ananda Nilaya gopuram – a class by itself ~ OM NAMO VENKATESAYA
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Special story - Ananda Nilaya gopuram – a class by itself

The darshan of gold plated three storey gopuram (tower)above the divine idol of Lord Venkateswara in the Srivari Temple popularly known as Ananda Nilaya Vimanam    is   considered   as divine as that of Lord Venkateswara  himself .
A hundred years ago the pilgrims who came to Tirumala satisfied themselves with the darshan of the Ananda Nilaya Gopuram whenever the temple was closed for the day .In   those days   the temple in the thick of forests opened in morning   and closed in evening .
There was a proposal in the TTD last year to   provide   stair cases and   a platform to provide ‘ Vimana   Venkateswara   Darshanam ‘ for those who could not wait for their turn in ques for darshan of Venkateswara swamy.
What is the gopuram
The Ananda Nilayam Gopuram is also comparable to the   waist and navel of the lord Venkateswara   which has become the abode of the consorts Sri Devi and Bhudevi .
The 65.2 feet tall Ananda Nilayam   gopuram    is rectacular   upto a height of 27.4 feet and later is in circular   module   with a huge basement of about   15-20 feet
The first floor of   10.9 feet   in rectangular format   does not have anystatues   but onlygreen vines, and leafy environment .The second floor of the reactangular   gopuram   of 10.9 feet   has nearly 40 idols perched on four sides . The gold idol of the Venkateswara swami on the north-east side of the gopuram with a silver arch around it is the Vimana   Venkteswaraswamy.
The third floor of the gopuram of 16.3 feet has nearly 20 idols, mostly in gold in various avatars of the Hindu Vaishnava Mythology. There are eight    golden idols of Lions on all the sides.
The last region of five feet to the top level of Kalasam on the gopuram is decked up with    golden leafs, vines, swans and birds.
Legend of Ananda Nilayam:
The first phase of the gopuram was built   in   839   by   the Pallava king Vijayadanti Vikrama Varma who also provided gold plating for it   . It was completed in 1262 by the Pandyan king   Sundara Pandya   Jata Varma . in 1359 the Saluva king Mangideva Maharaju    installed a new   gold kalasam on the gopuram   . in 1417   the Minister Chandragiri Malla of Vijayanagara Kingdom    rejuvenated the Ananda Nilaya gopuram as part of various construction of mandapams in the complex.
It was during the reign of   Sri Krishnadeva Raya   between 1513-1521 that the Srivari temple was completed   refurbished with gold vessels, plates and ornaments including a huge   crown   and   necklaces   of   various shapes and sizes . History says that by spending 30,000 gold coins   Sri Krishna deva raya   gave another   gold coating to the Ananda Nlayam .
Lastly in 1908, the Mahant   Ramalakshman Das   reinstalled   a golden Kalasam .In the year   1958   a ten day   mega event was held   from August 18-27 th,the   Ananda Nilayam vimanam was   refurbished and reworked with   more idols, decorative elements   etc. as part of the  Maha-samprokshanam    
The concept of Vimana Venkateswara Darshanam has been defended by the Srivari   temple chief priest Sri AV Ramana Dikshitulu .Quoting temple legends like Venkatachala Mahatyam, Vimanarchana Kalpam the  Vimana   Venkateswara   he said  Lord Venkateswara landed on Earth in Kaliyuga as Swayambhu with his two consorts, Sri Devi and Bhu Devi in "Tridala Vimanam"   .The   temple priests offer the first prayers of the day to Sri  Vimana   Venkateswara before awakening the presiding deity of Lord Venkateswara inside the sanctum sanctorum he added.

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