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Story – Thyagaraja Swami And Tirumala Tirupati Temple

Once, Sri Thyagaraja Swami, the famous saint composer, was going to Tirumala Tirupati for the darshan of Venkateswara along with his disciples. They walked all the way singing keertanas in praise of Balaji. But when they reached the temple and Poet Thyagaraja was about to have a glimpse of Bhagavan, the curtain was drawn for concluding the puja for the day.

The disciples of Thyagaraja protested and wanted the curtains to be lifted so that their Guru who was a great devotee and distinguished singer could have darshan of Bhagavan.

Thyagaraja Swami told his students that it is not right to criticize the traditions of the temple. He told the priests that there is no need to unveil the curtain and stop puja for us.

There is much ignorance in us. Let us pray to Bhagavan to dispel such ignorance – so saying Thyagaraja Swami started to sing a bhajan. The meaning of the bhajan was Oh! Tirupati Venkataramana! Could you please pull down the curtain of anger, arrogance and jealousy in us?

With the ecstatic Thyagaraja keerthana “Tera teeyaga radaa...” the curtain got unveiled on its own to the dismay of the priests and people gathered.