22TEST OF THREE DIVINITIES
- Dec 8, 2004At the commencement of the Kali Yuga, Vishnu left Venkatadri for
Vaikuntam. Brahma was very unhappy with his departure and asked
Narada to persuade Vishnu to return to Venkatadri. Narada then went
to the banks of the River Ganga, where several rishis were
performing a sacrifice. The rishis could not decide as to whom they
intended to dedicate the fruit of their sacrifice. Bhrigu, one of
the rishis undertook to solve the problem by examining the three
He first went to Satyalokam, the abode of the three-headed Brahma
(who is also attributed to have four heads) and found him busily
chanting the Vedas with one face, uttering the name of Narayana with
another and looking at Goddess Saraswati with the third. He took no
notice of Bhrigu. Bhrigu resented the want of courtesy on the part
Bhrigu then went to Siva's abode (Kailasam). Here too, he found Siva
absorbed in sporting with his consort. Siva even became indignant at
Finally, Bhrigu went to Vaikuntam, the abode of Vishnu and found
Vishnu and Sri Maha Lakshmi reclining on Adisesha. Disgusted, Bhrigu
kicked Vishnu on the chest, where Sri Maha Lakshmi was reclining.
Vishnu immediately got up, massaged the rishi's foot and enquired if
he had been injured. Pleased with Vishnu's attention, Bhrigu
returned to the rishis and advised them to dedicate the fruit of
their sacrifice to Vishnu.
Sri Maha Lakshmi was angry with Bhrigu because he had kicked the
spot which was her favourite resort on the bosom of the Lord. She
left Vishnu and went to stay at Karavirapura (now Kolhapur in the
state of Maharashtra). Unable to bear the solitude, Vishnu left
Vaikuntam in search of Sri Maha Lakshmi.
This was how he made his way to Venkatadri, and entered the ant-hill
under the tamarind tree on the southern bank of Swami Pushkarini on
the Tirupati hill.