Thursday, November 1, 2018

Bairagi Madam Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal Temple, Sowcarpet, George Town – Legends

Bairagi Madam Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal Temple, Sowcarpet, George Town – Legends
Many years ago, a Vishnu devotee, Laldas, a sanyasi lived in this area. Every day he would commence his work after meditating on and praying to the Lord of Tirupati. He also had the habit of rendering service as far as he could, to those devotees who went on pilgrimage along this way.  For a very long time he nourished a wish in his mind, to go to Tirupati and worship the Lord.  But it could not be fulfilled.  In course of time this desire became a longing in his mind. The Lord decided to grace him. One night the Lord appeared in Laldas dream and asked him to erect a temple in the place where he lived.  
The happy sanyasi commenced this work.  But he had no money and so asked the people to help him build the temple.  None was prepared to help him.  So, by using his magical skill, he converted copper into gold. With the money by selling that gold, he began building the temple.  People now understood his worth and then gave him money to build the temple.  Then an image like that of Tirupati Venkatachalapathy was made and the temple was erected. The Lord manifested in the mind of Laldas and appeared before him. And thus, gained the name ‘Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal’.

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