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Associated with Tirupati
hill is said to be the sporting hill of Vishnu, brought to earth from Vaikuntam
by Garuda, the vehicle of Vishnu, according to the Puranas. The
Venkatam hills are also known as Seshachalam, a manifestation of Adi
Sesha, the cosmic serpent. The seven hills of Tirupati are said to represent the
seven hoods of Sesha.
The Varaha Purana
mentions that Vishnu in the boar form and in the form of Srinivasa
manifested himself on the banks of the holy Pushkarini in Tirumalai. It
is believed that the celestial entities such as Bhramma and others worship Venkatachalapati
and to facilitate their worship, all articles of worship are left open in the sanctum at
when the temple is closed at night.
The Ten Incarnations of Vishnu