the legend of Vrishabhachala, one of the Seven Hills, its origin and
end too are quite fascinating. It brings to light a particular queer
desire of a certain bhakta and the means he chose to merge in the
Lord. The beginning of the story of Vrishabhasura is more or less
same and common with every assura, who due to predominance of tamasa
pravrithi turn lokabhayankaras and use all their danavasakti for
suppression of Dharma. This Vrishabhasura living in the lower part
of Tirupati like others of his tribe was causing incalculable harm
to sages and pious men. He was a Siva bhakta of a rare type, and his
austerity too was odd and awe inspiring-he used to cut off his own
dead and offering it to the Lord as sacrifice everyday.
Surprisingly, a fresh head was growing in the place of severed one
by the grace of god. He was immensely pleased with his worship. As
it went on for some years, the Lord appearing before him asked to
name his desire. Strangely enough, this strange bhakta asked for a
stranger boon Yuddhabhiksha ie., the boon of fighting with the Lord
himself; for, death at the hands of Lord would certainly confer
emancipation. At once, the Lord changed himself into a warrior.
Strangest, isn't it? Well, the war ensued and both parties pressed
into service their respective armies and using potent weapons. It
continued. Would asurasakti ever score lasting victory over
daivasakti? Ultimately victory went to the Lord. Natural!
Vrishabhasura was emancipated and this place of his birth acquitted
sanctity, because of his extraordinary devotion and its uncommon
end. This is one of the peaks made sacred by the Padasparsa of Lord
Srinivasa. This happened in the Kaliyuga.