listen to legends! Though they are many and strangerly at variance with one
another, I will stick on to the very popular and highly acclaimed legends only.
The Seven Hills termed as 'Paramapada', means thereby Sri Vaikuntam on earth is
believed to remove all sins by mere smarana - act of remembrance even. Further,
mythologies extol the glory of the Hills tracing their antiquity to the time
immemorial and they are called by different names in different yugas, like
Vrishabhachala in Kritayuga, Anjanachala in Tretayuga , Seshachala in
Dwaparayuga and finally Venkatachala in Kaliyuga. And the Lord has been abiding
here in Tirumala amidst seven peaks of the Nallamalai Hills, an integral part of
the Eastern Ghats.
Seshachala with its seven peaks bears sembance to the seven hooded Adisesha of
Vaikunta, the divine couch of Srimannarayana. Strange to see that the Nallamalai
hills in this region with its ups and downs numbering seven is possessing seven
peaks and the go by the names of Sechachala, Garudachala, Simhachala,
Vrishabhachala, Narayanachala, Anjanachala and Venkatachala.
peak has a distinct and appropriate name. Their legends too are quite
fascinating and awe-inspiring. The pouranic background of each peak is quite
fantastic in origin, elevating in content and glorifying in nature. It is
discribed that the pilgrim town Kalahasti is deemed its mouth; Ahobalam, its
back; Srisailam its tail; and lastly Tirumala its head. All these are the
parts of the Nallamalai range beginning from Kurnool district to this place in
Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.