Hello to all. I am quite excited in taking part in the Write Tribe Festival of Words – Seven day blogging challenge. The theme of the blogging challenge is SEVEN. I have decided to blog about seven famous sevens that I can recollect or find about. I thank Write Tribe for coming up with such an innovative challenge. I hope that every blogger who participates in this challenge will come out with full colours which,by the way,are SEVEN in number.
THE LORD OF THE SEVEN HILLS
Adishesha or simply know as Shesha is believed to be the king of all Nagas (Serpent Deities). Lord Vishnu rests on Adishesha, along with Maha Lakshmi at Vaikunta. Adishesha also served as the aide of Lord Vishnu in his incarnations. In Thretayuga he was Laxmana aiding Lord Rama and in Dwaparayuga he was Balarama aiding Lord Krishna. In Kaliyuga, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu is Lord Venkateswara, whose abode is the Tirumala Hills. Adishesha is believed to be the Seven Hills amongst which the temple of Lord Venkateswara is situated. The SEVEN hills are Sheshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrushabhadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri which supposedly represent the seven heads of Adishesha. The temple is situated on Venkatadri.
Tirumala in one of the most visited pilgrim destinations in the world. Lord Venkateswara is also known as Perumal, Balaji, Govinda and Sreenivasa. There is a popular belief that these seven hills also depict the side facing Lord Perumal as suggested by this photo.
On an average about 40,000 to 50,000 disciples visit the temple every day. On special occasions like Bramhotsavam and Vaikunta Ekadasi, a record number of 500,000 disciples pay visit to the most worshiped God in the world. For the legend of the temple please read this link.