|It has been long time, I have visited any prominent temple near by. Navratre has started and hence it was more so that I felt like that. Have heard of Sri Prasanna Venkataramana Swamy temple at Chikkatirupati which is a very ancient one.|
Chikka means small and this temple is actually a miniature version on Tirupati Balaji temple at Sri Tirumala.
Another important point about this temple is it’s association with Mahabharta times. I did some research on internet. Below is the story.
It is said that this place is linked to our great epic Mahabharata’s Kandav Dhanakandam. It is said that once Lord Agni needed to eat herbal medicines and Arjuna suggested Lord Agni to eat the herbs from Kandava forest. Lord Agini ate the whole forest, but when the forest was burning, the king of snakes, Takshaka, got hurt as he was trapped in the forest. Hence he cursed Lord Agni to loose his teja. Lord Agni approached Lord Shiva for help who in turn asked him to pray to Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu helped Agni to regain his tejas. Agni was greatful to Lord Vishnu and he installed the idol of Lord Vishnu here, known also has Lord Prasanna Venkataramana Swamy.
It is a very old temple and regarded very high. Visting this temple is considered same as visiting Sri Tirupati Balaji temple. You can also get the mundan done here (as it is at Sri Tirupati Balaji temple) and may find lot of rush during weekends and festivals.
I reached the temple at around 2.00PM. Was expecting it to be crowded being Saturday. But to my surprise, the temple was not crowded at all. We took Rs10 archana ticket. Went inside. Was able to get a nice darshan of the lord. I was standing in the front of the beautiful idle for more than 5 mins. In Sri Triumala, I hardly got 5 seconds to look at the lord :).
It took us hardly 30 mins to complete the darshan, but we did spent another 30 mins sitting at the temple premises. As with all other temples, there are monkeys around and we have to be a bit careful.
Over all a nice time. Very short visit but very fulfilling!
Next weekend, do try this trip. It a straight road.
One way is that from outer ring road turn towards Sarjapaur. Once you cross Sarjapur village, there will be a Y junction. Take the left one towards Hoskote. Temple is around 10 Kms from there.
There is one more way to reach the temple. You can go to Hoskote and then take the detour towards Sarjapura. The temple is around 25 Kms from Hoskote.
Roads are very good. Temple is open from 7.30AM to 7.30PM. So it can be a good outing with your family!
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