[Advaita-l] Is Tirupati's Balaji a Buddhist deity (Avalokiteshwara)?
kumaraditya22 at yahoo.com
Sun Feb 25 09:32:31 EST 2018
The last point about Varada mudra is very interesting. Varada mudra is very common among the Buddhists while I have never seen a Vedic deity with varada mudra. Check this image : https://www.himalayanart.org/items/21605
On Sunday 25 February 2018, 7:43:52 PM IST, D.V.N.Sarma డి.వి.ఎన్.శర్మ via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
For Hindus while shaving the head, leaving a sikha or tuft is the norm. In
Tirupati devotees completely shave their heads as an offering.
This is intriguing.
The abhisheka in Tirupati is performed on Friday which is considered as a
practice associated with Devi.
One of the Vaishnava alwars has described Venkateswara as carrying weapons
trishula and chakra.(Tai shadum neer mudiyum).
Idols displaying varada hasta without displaying abhaya hasta are rare.
(The traditionalist give an interesting explanation that the deity is
his feet as the ultimate refuge to the devotee )
On Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 7:01 PM, Shashi via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> All old arguments repeated ad nauseum, stemming from the premise that
> Brahmins were usurpers of everything good in Buddhism.
> Brief response:
> (1) There are eka devata temples throughout India for deities across the
> Hindu spectrum of gods
> (2) Pancaratrika Vaishnavas, who until Ramanuja were not recognized as
> orthodox Brahmins, always considered Tirupati to be Vishnu, even while
> Indian Buddhism was well and alive,
> (3) the Tamil silappattikaram, written in around the 1 st century ad, when
> Buddhism was st its height in Tamil Nadu, refers to Ranganathaswami as Lord
> Vishnu, while no Buddhist texts refer to it as a Buddhist shrine.
> (4) The deity at Tirupati is clearly male with a male anatomy
> At the end of the day, I will take the word of Tyagaraja or Purandara Dasa
> over anyone. Everything is about exposing a conspiracy now, even when there
> is no such thing. In the words of the old Christian gospel song, "whatever
> happened to that old time religion?" Without shraddha, nothing is possible.
> Om namo narayanaya.
> Sita ramachandra parabrahmane namah
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On Feb 25, 2018, at 4:57 AM, Aditya Kumar via Advaita-l <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> > I had earlier posted a query regarding the difference between
> Ranganathaswamy and Padmanabhaswamy. Seems like everything falls into place
> now. Tirumala's Balaji is not Vishnu, it is the Buddhist deity
> Avalokiteshwara or Padmapani. Similarly, Ranganathaswamy is a spitting
> image of 'reclining Buddha' whereas the Vedic deity Narayana is
> > Link to article : http://creative.sulekha.com/dr-k-jamanadas-proves-
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