Classic Tamil song from the 1960 movie
Mannadhi Mannan. starring M.G. Ramachandran, Anjali Devi, Padmini, Ragini, P.S.
Veerappa, M.G. Chakrapani, V.R. Rajgopal, Lakshmi, Rita, and T.S. Jayanti.
Music by Viswanathan Ramamurthy. Lyrics by Kannadasan and A. Marudakasi.
Om Namo Venkatesaya is a 2017 Indian Telugu
devotional & biographical film, based on the life of Hathiram Bhavaji,
produced by A. Mahesh Reddy on the AMR Sai Krupa Entertainments banner and
directed by K. Raghavendra Rao. The film stars Akkineni Nagarjuna, Anushka
Shetty, Pragya Jaiswal in the lead roles while Jagapathi Babu, & Saurabh
Raj Jain in the supporting roles and music has been composed by M. M.
Keeravani. The teaser of the film was released on 24 December 2016.
Rama (Akkineni Nagarjuna) born in Rajastan, North
India, leaves his house in childhood itself in search of God. Soon he meets a
saint Anubhavananda Swamy (Sai Kumar) who assures him that he will definitely
see the God and also plays with him, so he teaches him to play the dice. Then
he advises Rama to meditate to see the god. After 15 years Lord Venkateswara
appears in a form of child and disturbs his meditation, Rama scolds the kid and
asks him to go away. After that, he reaches back the hometown and his parents
(Tanikella Bharani & Sudha) arrange the marriage with his cousin Bhavani
(Pragya Jaiswal). Before the marriage one night Rama gets a call in the dream
from his guru that time has arrived to play with god. So he cancels the
marriage reaches his guru and he says that the boy appeared to him is none
other than Lord Venkateswara. He immediately realizes his mistake and heads
towards Tirumala Hills in search of God.
Krishnamma (Anushka Shetty) is another ardent
devotee who believes herself as the wife of Lord Venkateswara and dedicated her
entire life to his service. Govindarajulu (Rao Ramesh) a corrupt person who is
representative of Raja Giridhara Raaya (Sampath Raj) looks after temple and
pilgrim town’s maintenance who does a lot of corruption, misuses temple income
for his personal use and makes the workers suffer under him by treating them as
Rama reaches Tirumala but he is not allowed to see
the god as he was eager and he cries out the Lord in the name of Balaji and he
is thrown out of the temple by baddies of Govindarajulu. Rama sits outside
seeing towards temple for 7 to 8 days without having any food or sleep.
Govindarajulu orders his men to remove him up from the Tirumala, they beat him
up very bad, but an elephant nearby comes to his rescue. Later Krishnamma comes
to him and ensures him that he will surely have the darshan of Venkateswara and
gives him the treatment in her Ashram.
By Krishnamma’s guidance, Rama decides to begin a
new horizon at Tirumala. He starts reading Sthala Puranam (History of the
temple) and campaigns it to the pilgrims create awareness among the people
about the true nature of the Lord. He also encounters Govindaraju by protecting
pilgrims & employees of the temple from his illegal activities. Rama
decides to construct his own Ashram’ at the hill top and starts cultivating
their own flowers & fruits and growing byre (Goshala) for milk products to
the temple. Govindarajulu takes this to Giridhar Raaya’s notice, he visits the
temple when he recognizes the honesty in Rama he makes him as administrator of
the temple and demotes Govindarajulu as a sweeper.And that very moment Rama
enters the temple and has the darshan of the deity and in ecstasy, he sings a
song. From that day Rama changes entire attire of the temple by putting everything
in order - a new form of prayers (Poojas), services (Seva), offering Harathi
with butter (Navaneetha Harathi), everyday marriage (Nitya Kalyanam) to the
god, amenities for devotees and make sure that the temple flourishes with all
rituals are performed as per the Holy Scriptures.
All these things impress Lord Venkateswara (Saurabh
Raj Jain) so much that he comes down to earth to play dice with Rama. From that
time the god visits every day to spend some time with Rama and Rama starts
calling Lord Venkateswara in the name Balaji. First god bets his ring which was
given to him by Padmavathi as a token of love but eventually Rama won the game
and the bet, but Rama fails to understand that the event which had occurred was
real and he understands it as a dream, but later craves for another glimpse of
lord, the exact moment Balaji appears before him and plays the game of dice
with Rama, in the game Balaji Lord loses his entire jewelry in the bet. Next
day, when the temple doors are opened, the statue of the Lord is found empty
without jewelry which is found in Rama’s Ashram. King Giridhara Raaya arrives
to conduct interrogation and Rama says the truth that god himself has given the
jewelry to him. Everybody says that it's a cock & bull story, so King keeps
a test to Rama to prove his innocence keeping him in a prison with full of
sugarcane inside, and asks him to eat every bit of it before dawn. Lord
Venkateswara arrives in a form huge elephant and finishes the sugarcane within
moments, and disappears. In the morning, the king was surprised to see all the
sugarcane eaten. He then realizes that the Lord himself had appeared to save
his devotee. From that day Rama becomes famous in the name of Hathiram Bhavaji.
After that Lord Venkateswara, himself makes Rama more
popular than him and all the pilgrims start visiting him before seeing the god,
Rama gets fed-up with this and decides to leave the Tirumala. Lord rushes
behind him and takes a promise that he will never leave the hill, Rama accepts
it on one condition that he should be buried alive (Sajeeva Samadhi) with his
own hands because of the vow Lord has to compulsorily do so. After that when he
returns back his wifes Padmavathi (Vimala Raman) & Bhudevi (Ashmitha) gets
angry on him asks him why he had done this thing. Finally, the Lord replies
that Hathiram Bhavaji is immortal who lives forever in the day to day services
offered to him the at the temple.
Sivaji Ganesan as Lord Shiva in Tamil film Thiruvilaiyadal.
Taṇḍavam is a divine dance performed by the Hindu God
Shiva. Shiva's Tandava is described as a vigorous dance that is the source of
the cycle of creation, preservation and dissolution. The Rudra Tandava depicts
his violent nature, first as the creator and later as the destroyer of the
universe, even of death itself. In Shaiva Siddhanta tradition, Shiva as
Nataraja is considered the supreme lord of dance.