Avatars of Vishnu are reported in all the four yugas,Aeons,Satya,Treta,Dwapara and Kaliyuga.
Of these Avatars only the Kalki Avatar is due towards the close of the present Kaliyug.
Kaliyug runs for 4,37,000 years.
We are now in Kali (3102 +2017 ) 5119.
Kaliyug started in 3102 BC..
The Venkateswara of Thirupathi or Balaji is not mentioned as an Avatar that had taken place in the Satya, Treta .
So it should be assigned to Kaliyug.
But the Kalki Avatar of Vishnu is slated towards the end of Kaliyug.
As we are in Kali 5119 , The Avatar of Venkateswara should have been after 3102 BC.
Does this information stand the test of History?
Mahalakshmi who was later to marry lord Venkateswara of Thirupathi ,as Padmavathy was from Kolhapur and she traveled to south, Andhra.
‘Lakshmi was angered by Vishnu’s action of placating Bhrigu who had kicked her place in Vishnu’s body and thus insulted her. She abandoned her heavenly abode and resided in Karavirapur (Kolhapur) on earth. After her departure, a forlorn Vishnu followed suit and took abode in an ant-hill under a tamarind tree, beside a pushkarini on the Venkata hill, meditating for the return of Lakshmi, without food or sleep…
A while later, a King named Akasa Raja who belonged to the Lunar race, came to rule over Tondamandalam. The childless Akasa Raja performed a sacrifice to gain an heir. As part of the sacrifice, he was ploughing the fields. The plough struck a lotus, which had an infant girl in it. Upon the advice of a divine voice that the girl would be a harbinger of fortune, the king adopted the girl and named her Padmavati, since she was found in a lotus (padma). The princess grew up into a beautiful maiden and was attended by a host of maids….. (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venkateswara ).
This can be interpreted as the king from Kolhapur came to Thirumala with Mahalaksmi.
One may note that Kollamma worship was practiced in Kolhapur znd Yellamma worship is in Andhra Pradesh.
Now, Kolhapur region was ruled by Rashtrakuta/Shilhara Dynasty.
Rashtrakutas ruled between 8th and 10th century AD while the Shilharas around 10th century. ( https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shilahara ).
This information is corroborated by the conquest of Rajaraja cholan and Rejendra Cholan of the Kolhapur area as well in addition to the Thirumala Region.
The inscriptions found in the Thirumala temple walls confirm Tamil presence and these inscriptions also mention King Krishna Devaraya who was an ardent devotee of Venkateswara.
It may be worth mentioning that Vishnu was worshipped as Maayon or Thirumaal and the early Sangam works mention Thirumala as Vada Venkatam as the border…
‘Raja Raja Chola I (or Rajaraja Chola I) was a renowned king who ruled over the Chola kingdom of southern India between 985 and 1014 CE. During his reign, the Cholas expanded beyond South India with their domains stretching from Sri Lanka in the south to Kalinga in the north. Raja Raja Chola also launched several naval campaigns that resulted in the capture of the Malabar Coast as well as the Maldives and Sri Lanka..
Rajendra led Chola campaigns from 1002 CE. These include the conquest of the Rashtrakutas and the campaigns against the Western Chalukyas. He conquered the Chalukyan territories of Yedatore (a large part of the Raichur district between the Krishna and the Tungabhadra), Banavasi in the north-west of Mysore and capital Manyakheta. Rajendra erected a Siva temple at Bhatkal. In 1004 CE, he captured Talakad and overthrew the Western Ganga dynasty which had ruled over Mysore for almost 1000 years.[He also conquered Kollipakkai, located to the north of Hyderabad in present-day Telangana. An excerpt from an inscription in Tamil from Kolar states:’
The evidence of the Kolhapur connection to Thirumala is corroborated from different sources confirm thecso called legend.
Legend of Padmavathi .
Padmavathi legend is to be interpreted as an allegory for the movement of Mahalaksmi from Kolhapur to Thirupathi.
In as much as this is clarified the so called legend of Venkatewara must also be true as he is mzrried to Padmavathi.I am looking into historical sources of VenKateswara and shall write.
It is,with the present evidence,safe to postulate that Lord Venkateswara is not a myth but is history..
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