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Sri Venkateswara
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Venkatesewara Ghoshta Vigrahas

The Deva Goshta 'niche' Vigrahas in the walls of the Venkatesewara Sannidi are

  • Sri Narasimha Murthy
  • Sri Maha Vishnu
  • Sri Bhoo Varaha Murthy
  • In Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, the Venkateswara Goshta Vigrahas were installed during the Venkatesawara Kumbishekam in 1993.


    *NarasimhaMurthy* Narsimha is the form taken by Vishnu to destroy the demon Hiranyakasyapa. 'Nar-simha' means man-lion as Sri Vishnu in this incarnation has the head of a lion and the body of man, He took this form as Hiranyakasyapa had received a boon that neither man nor animal could kill him. This boon made Hiranyakasyapa very arrogant and cruel. To get rid of this demon Vishnu was incarnated as Narsimha.

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    Sri Venkataswara is a form of Sri Maha Vishnu

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    *BhooVarahar* Boovaraha Murthy depicts Vishnu in the form of a boar with Boodevi in his tusks - when he rescues Her from the depths of the ocean. In Varaha Avatar, Lord Vishnu incarnates himself as a boar in this world. A demon Hiranyaksha, had prayed for Lord Brahma and got awarded a boon that no beast nor man nor god could kill him. But somehow from the list of beasts the name of boar was missing. He pushed the Bhoodevi to the Pataala loka, or the under of the sea. He stole the Vedas, the holy scriptures from the Lord Brahma, while he was asleep and performed huge atrocities. To retrieve the Vedas and to save the world the Lord Vishnu assumed the role of a boar and brought out the earth from the under of the ocean, using its two tusks. He then killed Hiranyaksha and retrieved the Vedas from the asura and brought it back to the safe custody of the Lord Brahma.

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