Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Darshan of Tirupati Balaji

every day. There are different Pujas one can perform at different timings of the day by paying fees. All details of pujas are available at Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams official web site. Darshan can be booked from many e-Darshan counter available in different cities operated by TTD. You can see one such e darshan counter at Visakhapatnam. For Darshan all member has to be present at the counter where photo of every devotee is taken by using web cam and finger print also taken. Booking tickets along with accommodation reservation tickets can be taken from such e Darshan counters.

Electronic gadgets like mobile phone, cameras etc are not allowed inside the temple. All handbags are scanned before the main entry for Darshan. Devotees can deposit there footwear at the counter provided and take a token. This service is also free of cost provided by TTD. There are different types of Darshans offered by TTD, most popular darshan is Sudarshan darshan, in which rupees fifty is charged for each member. Reporting time for the Darshan will be mentioned in the ticket and devotees are to be report at Q complex ( the complex is build to accommodate devotes in the queue ). Usually one has to wait for two hours ( minimum ) in the queue to have Darshan of Lord Balaji. Different types of Darshan has different queue systems and different waiting time. In side the Q Complex good facility like drinking water, toilet , tea stalls are available.

Two free Ladus of Balaji are given as Prasad to each member after the Darshan. The Ladus are popularly known as Tirupati Ladu.

After the Darshan one can drop the offerings at the Hundi inside temple known as Srivari Hundi. Devotees offerings at Hundi are collected and counted inside a glass house within the complex. Devotees offer ornaments to cash and many other valuable items in the Hundi.

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