to locate her presence. the forlorn Mahavishnu wandered for long and dwelt in
ant-hill. When beaten by cow herd, he sought asylum in Mohter Vakula devi's
asram-She then advised and followed Mahavishnu to Adivarahaswamy the ruler of
this region for refuge. Listening to the pathetic tale he granted. The grahita
then expressed his joyful gratitude to the data and ordained that agrapuja must'
be offered to him till the end of Kaliyga, rather to the day of the extinction
of hill which can happen only when great deluge submerges the whole world. Ali!
what a magnanimity. How much gratitude! Balaji is Balaji, none stands beside him
in comparison for compassion. The tradition is implemented even
to day - with unbroken continuity. Moreover, it gained further weight with the
word that pilgrimage to the holy place becomes complete only with the visit to
this Varahaswamy temple first after taking bath in the pushakarini, of course on
completion of tonsorial operation. Highly orthodox follow this` tradition
strictly and after offering ritualistic worship to Varahaswamy only, they go to
the main shrine to fill their eyes with the effulgent sarvamangala divya rupa of
Bhagawam Balaji's six foot high vigrah.
Varahaswamy icon too is exceedingly splendid, though short in stature and also
revealing in recumbent posture. Puja with naivedyam first is going on as regular
as the Sun rises in the east.
: The temple lies in Tirumala, accessible by
four wheelers from Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.