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Tirupati Balaji

Tirupati Balaji

Tirumala Venkateswara Temple popularly known as Tirupati Balaji temple, a Hindu temple in the hill city of Tirumala, which stands in the vicinity of Tirupati in the district of Chittoor of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Accredited as the second richest temple and the second most visited temples in the world stands at an elevation of about 853 m and is sprawled over an area of about 27 sq km.

Erected on Venkatachala also known as Ventaka Hill, the seventh peak of the Tirupati Hill in the district of Chittoore is dedicated to deity Sri Venketeshwara as the respective deity is known as the Lord of the seven hills. The names of other peaks are such as Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrushabhadri, Narayanadri, and Venkatadri. This temple stands on the southern side of Swami Pushkarini, a holy water tank. The temple is popularly known as Balaji Temple for the fact that the Lord is also known as Lord Balaji. He is regarded as the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who is the preserver of this universe. The godly aura and importance of the temple attracts millions of devotees to visit the temple.

The temple was founded in the period of Vaishnavism/ Hinduism, the temple observes the idea of equality, love and prohibits the sacrifice of animals. The temple is incorporated with a vibrant cultural and is a philanthropic institution and holds an imposing history spanning several centuries. The temple is opened for all and even attracts millions of devotes from the country and abroad who visit the temple, wait for hours together to have a glimpse of the presiding deity.

The complex of temple has a traditional building, which is coupled with a number of contemporary queue and pilgrim lodging sites. The temple performs its rituals on a daily basis that were prescribed by Ramanuja Acharya in the 12th century. These rituals start off with Suprabhatam, which includes the waking up of Lord at 3O clock in the morning and the concluding ritual is Ekanta Seva, in which Lord is made to sleep at 1O clock in the night.

There is also a donation box in the temple and is also the main source of the temple’s revenue. For making an ease to the pilgrims, the authorities have arranged different darshans including Sarvadarshan, Special Darshan and Sudarshanam, which is also another way of generating revenue.

Brahmotsavam is the most celebrated festival of Tirupati. This festival is celebrated with grandeur for the consecutive nine days, which is held in the month of September. Tirupati Balaji Temple is easily accessible and the city of Tirupati itself has a railhead which is connected to almost all the major cities of the country. The nearest airport to the place is located at Renigunta which is just at a distance of 10 km from the city. There is also a good network of state transport buses, enabling the city to be well connected with the other cities of the town and thus, making it easy for the travelers to visit the temple.

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