Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal #temple -Gunaseelam,Near Trichy,TN #Thread

Gunaseela Mahatmyam,a chapter of Bhavishyottara Purana describes greatness of this place.

Venkatachlapathi of Tirumala Tirupati appeared b4 Gunaseela Rishi here,so Gunaseelam is known as Ten(South)Tirupati

Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal is in a standing posture with 4 arms holding sankha & chakra in the upper hands.The lower right hand is in abhaya pose,blessing devotees &left hand is in kati hasta,resting on waist.
A sceptre(senkkol)rests on right shoulder,with which this murti is believed to cure people affected by mental illness.These patient stay here for a period-48 days& participate in poojas&most of them get relieved of their problems.There is a temple run Mental Rehabilitation center
#storytimethread -As per Sthala Puranam,existence of this temple is due to efforts of Gunaseela Rishi, a disciple of Thalpiya Maharishi.
Thalpiya Maharishi along with his disciple Gunaseela Rishi once went to Himalayas.On his way back, Gunaseela Rishi stayed back at Tirupathi.
He was so wanted to have darshan of Venkatachalapathy in Gunaseelam near his asharam & bless the devotees.

He came back, bathed in the Cauvery,took blessing from his guru &undertook severe penance here in his ashram in Gunaseelam.
Impressed with his tapas, Bhagwan vishnu appeared before him along with Goddess & promised to remain here till end of Kali Yugam. Pleased with the darshan of Prasanna Venkatesa, Gunaseela rishi continued to offer his daily poojas from his ashram here.
At the end of Dwapara Yuga, Gunaseela rishi’s Guru wanted him to go to Naimisaaranyam. Gunaseela Rishi designated his young disciple to continue daily poojas.However,floods in Cauvery& dangerous animals in forest led the disciple to flee the place & poojas came to an abrupt end
Bhagwan decided to hide himself in a pit.After a few centuries, during time of Raja Gnanavarman, cows used to empty milk near an ant hill. A voice was heard saying that milk must be poured to dissolve ant hill.Raja brought his army &1000s of litres of milk to dissolve ant hill.
Once dissolved,Bhagwan appeared before Raja as Prasanna Venkatesa. As per the Raja's wishes,Narayana agreed to stay till Kali yuga &help fulfil all prayers of devotees,who visit this temple.
Raja shifted capital from Uraiyur to Kallur,near Gunaseelam &built the temple here.
Om Namo Narayana🙏
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Source text - based on various blogs/news articles related to Gunaseelam Temple
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