Story of the Birth of Goddess Padmavati



Story of Goddess Padmavati, consort of Sri Venkateswara, is closely associated with the origin of Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple. Goddess Lakshmi unable to bear the insult meted out by Sage Bhrgu to Lord Vishnu left Vaikunta. She was born on earth as Padmavati, the daughter of Aksharaja, a Tondaimandalam King.

The king was childless and he performed the putrakameshti yajna, ritual for getting progeny.

At the conclusion of the ritual, a female child appeared on a lotus and she was named Padmavati. In Tamil, she is known as Alarm mel mangai.

She later married Lord Venkateswara.