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History Of Tirupati Balaji Temple

Some interesting stories from mythology say that the Lord manifested on the earth to bless the devotees during the age of Kali. Once, Sage Brighu wanted to evaluate who amongst the Holy Trinity was the greatest. When he checked with Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva, he was not satisfied, so he went to Vaikuntha and kicked Lord Vishnu on his chest. Goddess Lakshmi was residing in the chest of Lord Vishnu, she felt insulted and left Vaikuntha and came down to the Earth.


Lord Vishnu Follows Mahalakshmi


Sad and dejected, Lord Vishnu came in search of his consort Mahalakshmi only to find that she had taken birth in the family of a king as Padmavati. The Lord entered an anthill and started meditating. Lord Shiva and Brahma came there as a cow and calf in search of the Lord. Shiva in the form of the cow poured its milk inside the anthill to feed the Lord on a daily basis. As per the divine plan, both Venkateshwara and Padmavati met each other and the gods approached the king to give his daughter in marriage to the Lord.


The Unprecedented Marriage


The lord received a huge sum of money from Kuber, the god of wealth to conduct a very grand marriage ceremony which was unprecedented. Following the marriage, the Lord stayed on the hills of Tirumala and a magnificent temple rose in the place. From then onwards, it is said the Lord is repaying the loan He received from Kuber in bits and pieces. It is said that the devotees make their contributions to help the Lord make his payments in a timely manner.


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Hair Donation At The Tirupati Balaji Temple


It is an age old practice to donate their hair at the temple. To do this people of all ages make their prayers and shave their heads near the temple premises before having a darshan of the Lord. The temple management has built expansive facilities to help the people make their hair donations to the Lord.



The Glory of the Tirupati Balaji Temple


The Tirupati Balaji temple is rightly called the Bhuloka Vaikuntam – the abode of Vishnu on earth. Thus, it is believed that Lord Vishnu has manifested Himself in this temple during this Kali age to guide and direct His devotees towards salvation. It is said the main idol of Lord Venkateshwara is so unique and powerful. The charming idol has a number of miraculous characteristics that are amazing. On a daily basis, the idol is magnificently decorated with flowers dresses and ornaments. The temple has one of the massive stocks of golden ornaments used for decorating the Lord.


The Sanctum Sanctorum


The place where Lord Sri Venkateswara’s self-manifested (Swayambu) statue is located in the Sanctum Sanctorum is called Ananda Nilayam. In the Ananda Nilayam, the beautiful idol of Bhoga Srinivasa Murthy is also present. During the morning ‘Suprabhata Seva’, this idol is removed and kept at the foot of the main deity. This signifies that the Bhoga Srinivasa Murthy acts as the presiding deity since the main deity is huge and can’t be Tirupati


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Tirupati Balaji Temple Construction


The construction of the Tirupati Balaji temple began in 300 AD with many emperors and kings making regular contributions towards its development from time to time. During the middle of the 18th century, the Maratha General Raghoji I Bhonsale conceptualized a permanent body to administer the temple proceedings. This resolution and plan lead to the birth of the TIRUPATI TIRUMALA DEVASTHANAM (TTD) which was developed through the TTD act in 1933. Today, the TTDs manage and maintain many temples and their sub-shrines under its able management.

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  • The light of the lamp kept before the idol of the deity never extinguishes. There is no reliable explanation on why this happens but all we that it has been burning for a long time and like an ardent worshipper’s devotion, it will never be extinguished.
  • Now this will come across as a surprise especially to those who have visited the temple and have prayed to the idol of Lord Tirupati Balaji. If you observe carefully then you will see that the idol in the shrine is not placed in the centre of the sanctum; it is placed at the right-hand corner of the shrine.
  • In the year 2009, the Geographical Indication tag was accorded to the ladoos served as Prashad in the Tirupati Temple. These ladoos have a distinct and unique taste and are available at an affordable cost of 15-20 rupees.
  • The shrine was gifted diamonds and gold by the Vijayanagara empire, who himself was a devotee and patron. Over the years, the facilities of the temple as and when different emperors (Pallava and Chola clans) ruled over the place.
  • The construction of the first temple at Tirupati is associated with the legend of King Thondaiman. The Tamil ruler, King Thondaiman had a dream of Lord Vishnu and it was then when he decided to get a temple constructed in his name.
  • There are multiple legends associated with the moist back of the idol. The back of the idol always remains moist and every morning the priests clean it with a silk cloth.
  • The priests at the temple do not throw flowers that are offered to Lord Balaji during the morning puja. These flowers are thrown into the waterfalls that flow behind the rear-side of the idol.
  • If you keep your ear close to the idol’s back, you will hear the sound of enormous seas waves.
  • All the samagiri or items of offerings that are used during the puja are bought from an undisclosed village. No one really knows from where the flowers, clarified butter, milk, butter-milk, the holy leaves etc. are sourced. This village is far off and has never been visited by any outsider.
  • Tirupati Balaji is recorded as one of the richest and most visited temples in India. The temple receives 75,000 to 90,000 pilgrims every day. Along with that, the shrine celebrates some Utsav (festival) almost every day attracting an n number of pilgrims. However, owing to the spread of COVID-19, the shrine has not attracted any pilgrims for the past 2 months as the Darshan have shut down.

20 facts About Tirupati Balaji Temple


  • The idol has real hair and they never get tangled. According to a legend, Gardhavan princess cut her hair and gave it to Swami, when he was hit by a shepherd and lost some of his own.
  • The idol appears to be standing in the middle of the sanctum from outside whereas the idol is actually slightly towards the right-hand corner of the Garba Gudi.
  • Nobody knows when was the lamp lit before the idol but everybody believes it has never extinguished and has been alive for thousand years.
  • After the morning Abhishekam, the idol sweats and the sweat is wiped with a silk cloth.
  • Tirupati Balaji holds the record of being the richest as well as the most visited temple of India. The shrine receives offerings from devotees in cash, jewellery, gold, silver, property deeds, and Demat share transfers and the per day offering is around 22.5 million.

  • The structure of the temple was constructed around 300 AD. The Dravidian Style construction included the use of sandstones, granites and soapstones.
  • The silk dress Swami wears is 21 arms long and weighs around 6 kilos. The upper body of the idol is covered with saree and the lower body is covered with a dhoti. Also the dress of the idol is never bought from a shop rather the devotees who wish to contribute towards towards submit a sum of amount to the temple’s fund.
  • The temple has various stone engravings from different ruling administrations of history. There are about 1180 engravings out of which 139 belong to the ruling period of Kondoi Veedu, 229 belong to King Krishna Deva Rayar, 147 belong to Sadasiva Rayar, 251 belong to Achchuthan Rayar period, 169 belong to Chalukya Kings ruling period and 236 belong to the Chola period.
  • Tirupati Balaji Temple holds a special significance amongst Hindus. According to the religion, Hinduism says that there are a total of 8 Vishnu Swayambhu Kshetras and Tirupati is one of them. Also, this temple is mentioned by the Tamil Azhwar saints to be one amongst 106 Vishnu temples, to be present in the earthly realms.
  • As per the Vaikhanasa traditions, the deity is worshipped six times a day. Ushakala, Prathakala, Madhyanika, Aparahaa, Sandhyakala and Ardharatri Aradhana are the six aradhanas done for the deity.
  • The “Prasad” offered here is a registered Geographical Indicator (GI) and was done after black market boomed during the preparation and distribution of these sweets.
  • The main idol of Balaji is alive! People believe it because when you place your ear on the back of the main idol, you can hear the sound of a roaring ocean.
  • All the garlands, flowers, milk, butter, holy leaves, everything which is offered to Balaji, comes from a secret village. The only information the outsiders have, about this village, is that it is located somewhere around 20 kms away and nobody is allowed to enter or visit this village except the residents.
  • Indian Goddess Laxmi still lives in the heart of Balaji. Literally! According to the priests in Tirupati Balaji, during NijaRoopa Darshanam on every Thursday, the main idol is decorated with white wood paste.After the paste is taken off, the imprint of the Goddess is left.

  • The surroundings of this temple appears normal but when you explore it, the place becomes fascinating. Not far, the Garuda Hill in Tirumala is quite interesting to sight. The hill got its name because of the shape of a Garuda (An Eagle). What’s interesting is the fact that Garuda is considered an abode of Lord Venkateshwara.
  • Another similar fact about hills is, one of the hills have a face of Swamy. It appears as if he is sleeping and you can actually see the face.
  • The entrance of the Tirumala hills has a rock formation which appears to be like a serpent hood. The distance of this formation is same as the height of the main idol.
  • At the main gate of the temple (Mahadwaram) one could find a stick. According to the beliefs, that stick was used by Ananthalwar to beat Swami when they were children. During this, one day swami got hit on his chin which oozed blood. Since then the ritual of applying Chandan on Swami’s chin came into existence.
  • The idol is stronger than any material. Even after the application of Green Camphor, which is known as the strongest material that could initiate a crack in any stone, the idol of Swami is unaffected.
  • A strong belief on a legend about the actual existence of Swamy is found in the region. The incident goes like there was a king of unknown name who killed 12 people for a crime they committed and hanged them on the gates of this temple.

FAQ

The Tirupati Balaji Temple Facilities

  • Sri Venkateswara Temple is located in the Tirpuati region in the state of Andhra Pradesh
  • In India, the temple is known by many names like Tirumala Temple, Tirupati Temple, Tirupati Balaji Temple.
  • Everyday the temple receives thousands of people from all walks of life.

FAQ

  • 1. What is the advance amount to be paid?

    Half the package amount is considered as advance amount.

  • 2.TTD whatsapp number ?

    An Whatsapp Number- 9399399399 and an Email: helpdesk@tirumala.org .

  • 3. Is ticket amount refundable?

    No, Ticket amount cannot be refunded because Tirupati special entry tickets cannot be postponed or cancelled .

  • 4. Is Darshan tickets are guaranteed or confirmed?

    Yes, We always confirm the darshan tickets over Email or Whatsapp .

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