Vakula Devi | Foster Mother of Lord Venkateshwara

Vakula Devi is the foster mother of Lord Venkateswara. Yasoda who was the foster mother of Lord Krishna in the Dwaparayuga was again taken birth as Vakula Maligai in this kali yuga, in order to serve Lord Venkateswara.

A Temple in her name was built about several hundreds of years ago near theTirumala hills. This temple was constructed in order to fulfill the wishes of the divine mother of Lord Venkateswara.

It is also traditionally followed from several years that the bhogh before being offered to Lord Venkateswara would first be offered to his mother Vakula Maligai, in order to test by her the quality of the food items, and whether it can be offered to his son Lord Venkateswara.

After Lord Vishnu came to the earth from his abode Vaikunta, he stayed in an ant-hill for some time by doing penance. After some time he approached Vakula Devi and accepted her as his foster mother.

Vakula Devi, also recognized that the person approached her was none other than her child “KRISHNA” in his previous birth, and took care of him properly.

IMPORTANCE

Though she was not rich, she had given shelter and food to LordSrinivasan. And also both of them were showed their affection and lived a peaceful life. After some time, she arranged for a marriage between Padmavathi, daughter of Akasa Raja and to his son Srinivasan.

She asked her son to keep a permanent place for her near to him. According to her wish, even still now, she is watching the cooking process of the food items which is being offered to Lord Venkateswara as Neividiyam (Bhog). She is still residing near Tirumala at her temple, and having the darshan of Lord Venkateswara regularly.

The bondage between her and Lord Venkateswara cannot be explained in words. Such a great love and affection is there between them.

Let us worship the divine mother and be blessed.
“OM SREE VAKULA DEVI ANNAIYE NAMAHA”
“OM SREE VENKATESWARAYA NAMAHA”
“OM SREE PADMAVATHI THAYARE NAMAHA”
WRITTEN BY
R.HARISHANKAR

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