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SRI VENKATACHALA ITIHASAMALA

Brahmanyan

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While searching for the history of holy hills of Tirumalai - Tirupathi I stepped into this rare Grantham "Sri Venkatachala Itihasamala"
The Garland of Historical Tales of the Hill of Venkata (Tirupati)
published under "Tirumalai Tirupati Devasatanam series", by Tirupati Devasatanam Committee in 1937. Priced Re.1/-.
This bilingual publication in English and Sanskrit has been Edited by
Rajasevasakta
Diwan Bahadur DR. S. Krishnaswami Aiyangar, M.A,, Ph,D.

The editor commences the Grantham with the following introduction:

"INTRODUCTION

This is a work which professes to be a historical account
of the various arrangements that were made from time to
time for the conduct of worship in the temple on the hill at Vengadam. It is not a regular history of the temple in the sense that it gives an account of the temple from its origin down to the time of writing of this account, but is more or less a record of certain important incidents in its history. The whole -account consists of seven chapters dealing with the topics connected with the contesting claims of Saivas and Vaishnavas to the temple, the settlement arrived at as a result of the discussion between the contesting claimants, the arrangements ordered in consequence thereof by the Vaishnava teacher Ramanuja through the local ruler Yadava Raja. This is followed by the further arrangements that were
called for and made subsequent to this, but all of them more or less during the life and under the commands of Ramanuja, It may therefore be taken to be an account of what was done to the temple by Ramanuja and does not purport to give the history of the shrine either in the period previous to Ramanuja regarding which some allusions could be found here and there, and naturally nothing for the subsequent period. The work therefore deals as it were with one particular period of its history, which is comprised perhaps in the century after Christ, 1050 to 1150."

According to one comment the translations of this Book in Tamil and Telugu is published by TTD.
This Grantha in Sanskrit has been written by Ananthazhvan on Temple rituals established by Ramanuja through his commands to Periya Tirumala Nambi, Ananthazhvan and Yadav Raja, the ruler of the land during Ramanuja's time.

I believe there may be further editions of this Book published by TTD and some other publishers.

I have downloaded in pdf format and read the English translation of this book.

Brahmanyan
Bangalore.
 
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