PREZ MAIDEN VISIT TO SRI KT
ALSO OFFERS PRAYERS IN SRI PAT
Tirupati, 1 July 2015: One of the famous sub-temples of TTD dedicated to lord Shiva located at the foot of Tirumala in Tirupati assumed importance with the maiden visit by none other than H.E. the President of India Dr Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday.
After offering prayers to the presiding deity of Sri Kapileswara Swamy and Goddess Sri Kamakshi Ammavaru the President offered special puja to Navagrahalu located inside the temple.
According to mythology, this temple derived its name from Sage Kapila, who immersed himself in ardent penance of Lord Shiva. With the unswerving devotion of Kapila Muni, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati presented themselves at this location and blessed him.
The Shiva Linga is considered to be self-manifested or Svayambhu form of Lord Shiva and is popularly known as “Sri Kapileswara Swamy”.
In front of Kapila Lingam lies a very sacred Sarovara (lake) and this is the Bilam (cavity) through which Kapila Maharshi came to earth. A spring falls on the temple. Both the temple and the waterfall are considered to be highly pious.
The Pallava kings, Vijayanagara kings, Tirumala Mahants and so many others developed this historically and sacred temple.
Greatness of Lord Sri Kapileswara was mentioned in the Kulothunga Chola inscriptions. These are the most ancient inscriptions among all the inscriptions found in the temple and belong to the 10th century.
This temple has made significant mark in the history with the visit of the first citizen of India on Wednesday.
Earlier the Prez has also worshipped in the Goddess Padmavathi Devi temple at Tiruchanoor.
Tirupati JEO Sri P Bhaskar, temple SplGrDyEO Smt Chenchu Lakshmi, Sri KT Deputy EO Sri Balaji and others were also present.
ISSUED BY TTDs PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, TIRUPATI