[Advaita-l] Is Tirupati's Balaji a Buddhist deity (Avalokiteshwara)?

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Mon Feb 26 19:48:03 EST 2018

On Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 5:25 AM, D.V.N.Sarma డి.వి.ఎన్.శర్మ via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> One more peculiarity of Sri venkateswara idol is the nagabharana on the
> arms.
> A Saiva temple that has been converted into Vaishnava Kshetra by
> Ramanujacharya is Simhachalam near Visakhapatnam.
> Even today the idol is a linga on which  a varaha is sculpted in relief.
> The original idol is covered with sandal paste and is displayed in its
> original form only once in an year.
> Another anomaly is it is called a Narasimhakshetra the diety being called
> VarahaNrisimhaswamy(!).

The same case with the famous Anantheshwara Temple in Udupi.  Very recently
the Madhva MaTha has changed the name of the temple (on the entrance board)
as 'Anantheshwara sannidhi'.  Dr.B.N.K.Sharma in his paper in the 1930's
has clearly stated, while defending a supposed objection that Madhvas are
averse to Shiva, that 'till his end Madhvacharya taught his disciples
seated in the Anantheshwara Temple.'  But recently Dr.Bannanje
Govindacharya emphatically said that the Linga there is of Vishnu.




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