Azhwar Theertham at Tirupati

” TIRUMALA is most holy shrine and Lord Vaikuntanathan out of abundant mercy has appeared as Lord Venkateshwara in this yuga for our upliftment .

The sacred TIRUMALA Hills consists of seven peaks considered to be seven-hooded Adhisesha

 . Before  seeking to  have  darsanam of LORD ,  the devotees  are  supposed to shed  the    inherent tamasic  qualities and approach with  sattva gunam for  HIS darshanam .


 Elders advise us to  reach the foot of the  Tirumala Hills and have a holy dip at Azhwar Theertham presently called as Kapila Theertham  before ascending the Hills.

This divine place is located enroute to Tirumala .  Out of the   1008 theerthams  located in and around  TIRUMALA  HILLS , Azhwar  Theertham ( Kapila Theertham)   is the only  natural spring  located  at the foot of the Hills.

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On the shores of Alwar theertham is  enshrined Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal gracing the devotees . Lord  is gracing with goddess  Sri maha Lakshmi . On the other side we can  have darshan of  Lord Venugopala Swamy..


It is believed that this holy water  springs source is   from  Lord’s  lotus feet and hence is considered to be very sacred.

Near the water falls  of  Azhwar Theertham  there is a  small temple of  Swamy Nammazhwar .

Further ahead we see a small cave. Many years back,  this region was ruled by Emperor Thondaiman, who  used to visit Tirumala daily.


Since it was difficult to cross all the Seven hills in the normal way, it is believed that  the Lord had shown him a shorter route  to reach him via this  cave!


It is  said  that there was a  temple  for Lord Sri Narasimha inside the cave .

Presently ,  the Azhwar Theertham is known as Kapila Theertham .This place is glorified for the Paramasiva temple  installed by  Kapila Rishi  and hence the name  Kapileswara.

This wonderful temple is  one and half miles from Tirupati.

It is also said ,during  the ‘Kartika’ month  on the ‘Purnima’ (full moon) day,  many locals assemble to have darshan of Azhwars and Paramasivan


In the Tamil DivyaPrabhandam sree sookthee Azhwars have sung  around 202 divine pasurams on LORDSHIPS   .
By  having a holy dip in Azhwar Theertham,  the devotee  gets purified physically


  This is similar to our journey to Sri Vaikuntam. It is explained in detail  about  the journey in the Archaradhi gadhi, that enroute the  jiva atma  has a purificatory dip in Viraja Nadhi .


 As Tirumala is  Bhooloka  Vaikuntam,  Alwar Theertham is like Viraja river  and so it would be appropriate to take a holy dip  here before we have darshan  of LORD up hills!

By doing so, the soul sheds the  Tamo and Rajo  gunam and proceeds to Alipiri, the foot of the Hills.

Trekking  up the holy  hills  is considered to be very sacred.

Recalling the inner meanings of the Azhwars divya prabhandam and Acharyars  who have glorified the Holy Hills in their outpourings one  treks with reverence to have LORD’s darshan ..


 All animate and inanimate beings on the Hills are  worship able on this sacred Hills  .


A view of the sacred  hill from the   footpath at Alipiri is seen to be believed.

As the summit opens into a spacious, charming valley, the range of the  splendour breaks through several outlets like fantastically shaped rocks in the form of serpentine roads.


The flora and fauna on  the Holy Hills  provide an example of a perfect ecological balance by nature.


  The imposing chain of seven hills extending in curves with its intermediate ranges and ridges  resembles the divine serpent, Adisesha.


It is mentioned in Sri Venkatesa Suprabhatam, the range of 7 hills are  celebrated   as Seshalam, Garudachalam, Venkatadri, Narayanadri, Vrishabhadri, Anjanadri, Neeladri  and represents the great serpent bed  

 As per Upanishads ,  in brief  the Jeevatma passes through five stages in its spiritual evolution , namely, Annamayya  kosa , Pranamaya kosa , Manomaya kosa  Vignanamaya  and Anandamaya kosams.


The  devotee  sheds Annamaya kosa at this holy place Azhwar Theetham .

After a  holy dip  and blessings  of Swamy Nammazhwar  he   ascends the holy hills  in the  Pranamaya stage on  to the Hills.

Once he  reaches the Mokaala Parvatham (the knee breaking ascent )  with abundant mercy  he moves  into Manaomaya kosam and  with serious quest to seek LORD from  heart and the mind he approaches JagathAcharyar Swamy Ramanujar  shrine . ( The appended post describes about this ancient temple )

The darshan enlightens  him with knowledge  of the  real relationship between prakruti,  jeevatma and Paramatma  .  


With the  blessings of Swamy Ramanuja he   reaches the  sacred hills .

He is advised to take a dip in Swami Pushkarini near the temple. From here he gets inspiration and seeks the lotus feet of Lord Varaha  ( Gnana Piran) (Sri Bhoovaraha Swami ) and gets  further enlightened  thus the  the Vignanamaya kosa is activated .

The final stage is reached when he  seeks union with the supreme  Lord  our  Lord  Venkateshwara  in the Aananda nilaya vimanam.


 When Anandam( bliss )  takes possession of the soul, there is no further need for  any desire other than reaching his lotus feet permanently ……


The great devotee Annamaya submits to the LORD in this appended kirtana a jivas struggle to reach HIS lotus feet … Check the meanings too in this clip


Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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Videos credits : Ramyagiri


12 thoughts on “Azhwar Theertham at Tirupati

  1. Hare Krishna , excellent description of the Azhwar Thirtham and the pathway to Thirumala , every blog is a gem to be treasured 🙏

  2. Reblogged this on kazhiyur varadan's web blog and commented:

    It is mentioned in Sri Venkatesa Suprabhatam, the range of 7 hills are celebrated as Seshalam, Garudachalam, Venkatadri, Narayanadri, Vrishabhadri, Anjanadri, Neeladri and represents the great serpent bed As per Upanishads , in brief the Jeevatma passes through five stages in its spiritual evolution , namely, Annamayya kosa , Pranamaya kosa , Manomaya kosa Vignanamaya and Anandamaya kosams.

  3. Wonderful information. We are blessed to have you. You people are God sent. Not many know about this including me. Innumurunoortanduirum

  4. NamaskAram!

    I enjoy reading your divine posts and look forward to reading many more.
    Thank you. It is our bhAgyam to have such a Uttama bhAgvata as yourself
    sharing divine Information on Perumal.

  5. Going to Tirumala is more a ritual or holidaying nowadays. I have visited number of times but without knowledge, thanks to you next time when I go I will really attain The Lords darshan with spiritual knowledge. Hope we have people like you in Tirumala to guide the devotees to have Darshan with Spirituality..

  6. Thanks for sharing about Azwar Theertham at Tirumathi. I have never been book both in any Theertham at Tirupathi. Once I took both in the Tirupathi Tank for doing pradhashnam. When I read the above TIRUMALA HILLS , Azhwar Theertham ( Kapila Theertham) I felt as if took bath in that. Even if we don’t take bath in the Theeratham, if we see the pictures of the same in the website, it will be more than enough to take bath. Thank you once more.

  7. Thank you for the informative news letter. I was there in the place but did not take a bath. If God wills will try to do next time.

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  8. Hari Om!
    Learnt the song. Thanks a million for keeping adiyen in the spirit of Venkatachalapathy!
    -Ramanuja Dasan! Jai Sriman Narayana!

  9. Hari Om!
    Next time, when Adiyen visit Tirupati, Your Guidance on Alwar Theertham will serve as the Code & Dictionary! Next “Ekkadi Manusha…….” Annamaya pasuram – Captivates one’s sentiments reg. Life – represented by Soul catchy pictures – added Tirukkanamudhu via Arti Meanings – Golden repeated Advice one erases memory – Delusion. Adiyen’s nerves are tilted until I do learn the song & shower in front of Ramanujacharya!
    Pearls & Diamonds & Platinums do dwell deep in the ocean! But, for Varadan’s efforts one misses the goal itself. What Tirukacchi Nambi to Kanchi Varadan – You VARADAN are to Sri Vaishnavites at large.
    It is for the fish to fall into the net – It’s for the Crane to catch the Big Fish!
    It’s for the Sadaka Bird to look for the rain! – It’s for the bees to go in search of flowers!
    Adiyen is Blessed with Sat Sangam of Varadan!
    – Adiyen Ramanuja Dasan – Jai Sriman Narayana!

  10. swamin, u r really blessed. We await much more such information on divinity, v too are blessed by your guidance on such matters – devarajan, mysore

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