Tirupati Balaji

Tirupati Balaji

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Tirupati Balaji

India, the land of spiritual paradise is strongly believed to be spread through by the Lords, their deep imprints and a sense of divine presence, eternally available in the environment around.

Temple is the place in which presence of deities is often felt in the structures, which are the embodiments of the great, age old, rich Hindu Sanatana Dharma. Among the galaxy of temples, Tirupati Balaji which is also referred as Sri Venkateshwara is situated in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh which is almost 435 km from Vijayawada, 138 km from Chennai, 291 km from Bangalore, 572 km from Hyderabad and 782 km from Visakhapatnam, above the actual city of Tirupati in the hilltop town of Tirumala. This place is most approachable from everywhere. This sacred temple is one of the eight holy places of Lord Vishnu, called as Swayamvyakta Kshetras (self-manifested) and listed as 106th and the last possible Divya Desam. This holy shrine is also highly praised as the holiest of the celebrated 108 Tirupatis (Vaishnava Divya Desams) of the Lord.

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The Temple was constructed in Dravidian architecture and is believed to be built over a period of time prelude from 300 AD. Sri Venkateshwara or Tirupati Balaji is the one of the richest temples of the world in terms of wealth and donation obtained. Every day, around fifty thousands to one lakh pilgrims visit this sacred temple. On some special occasions, Tirupati Balaji temple witnesses around five lakh devotees per day. It is also considered as the most visited holy place in the world.

Devotees can have the darshan of the deity from 3 am to 12 at midnight. The whole darshan followed by several special Sevas and Sarva Darshan, which is free of cost. Many Devotees wait in long lines for hours to have darshan of the Lord Venkateshwara. They consider that brief moment of having a glance of their favorite God as one of great fulfillment and spiritual enlightenment. There is a vertical staircase up the hill to Tirumalai. Pilgrims wishing to climb all the way they can use the steps otherwise there is a standard transportation facility is also available there. The main deity in the temple is Moolavirat or Dhruva Beram which means “idol” and dhruva means “pole star”.  Kautuka Beram is a small one foot silver deity of Malayappa swami along with his consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi, Snapana Beram idol represents the formidable aspect of Lord Venkatesware, next idol is Utsava Beram and the last one is Bali Beram which is panchaloha idol.

The world renowned Sri Venkateshwara temple having a trust board, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) which manage the operations of Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple.  An executive officer of Government of Andhra Pradesh manage the daily operation and looking into the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams trust. As per current report of 2015-16, INR 2530.10 cr. has been received as donation and wealth. Through this trust, many charitables trust also run. One must visit this holy shrine to feel the ultimate devotional aura and to get the blessings of God.