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Monday, August 31, 2009

Lord Balaji at Tirumala


There is an interesting story that Kubera has granted a huge amount of loan to Lord Balaji, the highest diety in kaliyug, for his marriage and Lord Balaji agreed to repay the interest from the collections of temple at Tirupati, Andra Pradesh State, India. We don't know how far the story is true. But, Hindu people have got much faith on Lord Balaji who is also known as Lord Venkateshwara.

It is said that a turning point will come in the life of a suffering person, if he visits this temple once. Many people regularly visit the temple before performing a good deed or before starting a new business. Common people will also make a visit to this temple with a hope that something good will happen in their life. The tourists from all the countries and all the parts of India come to Tirupati and like to have the darshan of Lord Venkateshwara. Many businessmen give a share of profit to this temple, on a regular basis. By the grace of Lord Balaji, the impossible things are made possible and the delighted people want to thank him in the form of putting some money in the Hundi at the temple. The daily Hundi collections exceed Rupee one crore and some people put gold, silver coins and jewellery also in the Hundi.

The people stand in long queues patiently, to have the darshan for few seconds. People believe that Lord Venkateshwara will come to our rescue if we give him a call and relieve us from our problems, whether we are a strong devotee or not. Many people give a vow to the Lord that they will visit Tirupati temple and leave the ego by tonsure, that is giving away the prestigious hair. Some people engage in fasting and do prayers to Lord venkateshwara to win his grace. Some people like to walk from foot of the Tirupati hills. Some people visit tirupati, before starting arrangement for marriage, to submit the wedding card at the lotus feet of Lord Balaji.

Special types of darshan facilities are also available. The VIPs and rich people make use of these to have the sacred darshan of Lord Balaji. On holidays, Saturdays and Sundays, there will be heavy rush. Special transport facilities are available from all parts of India, for visiting Tirupati. Also, advance booking for darshan can be made from many places and online booking facilities are also available.

The most auspicious function in Tirupati is the brahmotsavam festival and devotees from all over India and even from foreign countries, will be awaiting eagerly, to visit Tirupati at the time of this festival. It is believed that the creator of mankind the Lord Brahma first conducted this festival and hence, named as brahmotsavam. Normally, in the month of October, brahmotsavam is celebrated for a period of nine days. The rite of ankurarpana, that is sowing of seeds is performed in the evening, with a puja for Sri Vishvaksena, who removes obstacles, before commencement of brahmotsavam. On the first day, the commencement of brahmotsavam is marked by hoisting of the garuda flag at the Dhvajastambham. By this, Garuda will reach devalokam to invite all devas for this function.

Daily homas and procession of utsava murthi on different chariots are performed on all the nine days. The last day is the Birth star of Lord Balaji and so, it is celebrated very grandly with special alankarams and abishekams. The sudharshana chakra is bathed in pushkarani and the devotees are blessed with the holy water dripping down from this chakra which is placed on a high platform. The lowering of garuda flag is known as dhvajavarohanam, which marks the end of the festival. The common people join with the priests and pay respects to Gods and Sages. Ther Veda Mantras are chanted by all. The festival is really a feast for millions of devotees.

So, please visit Tirupathi once, and get the blessings of Lord Balaji.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Balaji Tirupati Malai Melunna

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Meaning of Tirupati Balaji




The word "Venkateshwara" or "Venkatesa" is a combination of three words, namely,(1) VEM meaning 'sin' or 'papam'(2) KATA meaning 'destroy' or 'wash away'(3) ISA OR ISHWARA meaning 'GOD' or 'Lord'.Thus, the word Venkateswara or Venkatesa means 'God who destroys sins of His devotees'.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

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.


Monday, August 24, 2009

Tirupati Balaji, Lord Venkateswara's another true video





Lord Venkateswara of Tirupati, also known as Venkataramana Murty, is regarded as the last incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is hard to find a household in south India where the hymns in praise of the lord are not recited. The Tirumala Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh attracts millions of visitors every year. It is also one of the most well maintained and managed temples with online reservations for visits and Poojas. The offerings and donations by the devotees amount to several hundred crores of Rupees every year. A well-managed temple trust runs the "Venkateswara" hospitals, schools, colleges and a university with the money.


Sri Venkateswara Suprabhatam

  • Kowsalya supraja Rama poorva sandhya pravarthathe
  • Uthishta narasardoola karthavyam daivamahnikam
  • Uthishtothishta Govinda uthishta garudadhwaja
  • Uthishta kamalakantha thrilokyam mangalam kuru
  • Mathassamasta jagatham madukaitabhare:
  • Vakshoviharini manohara divyamoorthe
  • Sree swamini srithajana priya danaseele
  • Sree Venkatesadayithe thava suprabhatham
  • Thavasuprabhathamaravindalochane
  • Bhavathu prasanna mukhachandra mandale
  • Vidhisankarendra vanithabhirarchithe
  • Vrishasaila nathadavithel davanidhe
  • Athriyadhi saptharushayssamupasyasandyam
  • Aakasa sindhu kamalani manoharani
  • Aadaya padhayuga marchayithum prapanna:
  • Seshadrisekhara vibho! Thava suprabhatham
  • Panchananabja bhava shanmukavasavadhya:
  • Tryvikramadhi charitham vibhudhasthuvanthi
  • Bhashapathipatathi vasara shuddhi marath
  • Seshadri sekhara vibho! thava subrabhatham
  • Eeshathprapulla saraseeruha narikela
  • Phoogadrumadi sumanohara Balikanam
  • Aavaathi mandamanilassaha divya gandhai:
  • Seshadri shekara vibho! thava suprabhatham
  • Unmeelya nethrayugamuththama panjarasthaa:
  • Paathraa vasishta kadhaleephala payasani Bhukthvaa
  • Saleelamatha keli sukha: patanthi
  • Seshadri sekhara vibho! thava suprabhatham
  • Thanthreeprakarshamadhuraswanaya
  • Vipanchyaa Gayathyanantha charitham
  • Thava naradopi Bhashasamagrama sakruthkara sararammyam
  • Seshadri sekhara vibho! thava suprabhatham
  • Brungavaleecha makaranda rashanuvidda
  • Jhankara geetha ninadaissa sevanaya
  • Niryathyupaantha sarasee kamalodarebhyaha
  • Seshadri sekhara vibhol thava suprabhatham
  • Yoshaganena varadhadni vimathyamaane
  • Ghoshalayeshu dhadhimanthana theevraghoshaaha
  • Roshaathkalim vidha-dhathe kakubhascha kumbhaha
  • Seshadri sekhara vibho! thava suprabhatham
  • Padmeshamithra sathapathra kathalivargha
  • Harthum shriyam kuvalayasya nijanga Lakshmya
  • Bheree ninadamiva bibrathi theevranadam
  • Seshadri sekhara vibho! thava suprabhatham
  • Sreemannabheeshta varadhakhila lookabandho
  • Sree Sreenivasa Jagadekadayaika sindho
  • Sree devathagruha bhujanthara divyamurthe
  • Sree Venkatachalapathe! thava suprabhatham
  • Sree swamy pushkarinikaplava nirmalangaa
  • Sreyorthino hara viranchi sanadadhyaha
  • Dware vasanthi varavethra hathothamangaha:
  • Sree Venkatachalapathe! thava suprabhatham
  • Sree seshasaila garudachala venkatadri
  • Narayanadri vrishabhadri vrishadri mukhyam
  • Akhyam thvadeeyavasathe ranisam vadanthi
  • Sree Venkatachalapathe! thava suprabhatham
  • Sevaaparaashiva suresa krusanudharma
  • Rakshombhunatha pavamana dhanadhi nathaha:
  • Bhaddanjali pravilasannija seersha deSaha:
  • Sree Venkatachalapathe! thava suprabhatham
  • Dhateeshuthevihagaraja mrugadhiraja
  • Nagadhiraja gajaraja hayadhiraja:
  • Swaswadhikara mahimadhika marthayanthe
  • Sree Venkatachalapathe! thava suprabhatham
  • Sooryendhubhouma bhudhavakpathi kavya souri
  • Swarbhanukethu divishathparishathpradanaa:
  • Twaddhasa dasa charamavadhidaasa daasa:
  • Sree Venkatachalapathe! thava suprabhatham
  • Thwathpadadhulibharita spurithothha manga:
  • Swargapavarga nirapeksha nijantharanga:
  • Kalpagamakalanaya kulatham labhanthe
  • Sree Venkatachalapathe! thava suprabhatham
  • Thvadgopuragra sikharani nireekshmana
  • Swargapavarga padaveem paramam shrayantha:
  • Marthyaa manushyabhuvane mathimashrayanthe
  • Sree Venkatachalapathe! thava Suprabhatham
  • Sree bhoominayaka dayadhi gunammruthabdhe
  • Devadideva jagadeka saranya moorthe
  • Sreemannanantha garudadibhirarchithangre
  • Sree Venkatachalapathe! thava suprabhatham
  • Sree Padmanabha Purushothama Vasudeva
  • Vaikunta Madhava Janardhana chakrapane
  • Sree vathsachinha saranagatha parijatha
  • Sree Venkatachalapathe! thava suprabhatham
  • Kandarpa darpa hara sundara divya murthe
  • Kanthaa kuchamburuha kutmialola drishte
  • Kalyana nirmala gunakara divyakeerthe
  • Sree Venkatachalapathe! thava suprabhatham
  • Meenakruthe kamatakola Nrusimha varnin
  • Swamin parashvatha thapodana Ramachandra
  • Seshamsharama yadhunandana kalki roopa
  • Sree Venkatachalapathe! thava suprabhatham
  • Elaa lavanga ghanasaara sugandhi theertham
  • Divyam viyathsarithi hemaghateshu poornam
  • Drutwadhya vaidika sikhamanaya: prahrushta:
  • Thishtanthi Venkatapathe! thava suprabhatham
  • Bhaswanudethi vikachani saroruhani
  • Sampoorayanthi ninadai: kakubho vihangha:
  • Sree vaishnavassathatha marthitha mangalasthe
  • Dhamasrayanthi thava Venkata! subrabhatham
  • Bhramadayassuravarasamaharshayastthe
  • Santhassa nandana mukhastvatha yogivarya:
  • Dhamanthike thavahi mangala vasthu hasthaa:
  • Sree Venkatachalapathe! thava suprabhatham
  • Lakshminivasa niravadya gunaika sindo:
  • Samsarasagara samuththaranaika setho
  • Vedanta vedya nijavaibhava bhakta bhogya
  • Sree Venkatachalapathe! thava suprabhatham
  • ltnam vnsnacnala pamerlna suprabhatham
  • Ye manava: prathidinam patithum pravrutha:
  • Thesham prabhatha samaye smruthirangabhhajam
  • Pragnyam paraartha sulabham paramam prasoothe
  • Venkateswra Stotram
  • Kamalakucha choochuka kunkumatho
  • Niyatharunithathula neelathano
  • Kamalayatha lochana lokapathe
  • Vijayeebhava Venkatasaila pathe
  • Sachadhurmukha shanmukha panchamukha
  • Pram ukakhila daivatha mouli mane
  • Saranagatha vathsala saranidhe
  • Paripalayamam vrishasailapathe
  • Athivelathaya thava durvishahai
  • Ranuvela Kruthairaparada sathai:
  • Paritham thvaritham vrishasailapathe
  • Paraya krupaya paripahi Hare
  • Adhivenkata saila mudaramather
  • Janathabimathadhika danarathath
  • Paradevathaya gathithannigamai:
  • Kamaladayithtanna param kalaye
  • Kalavenuravavasa gopa vadhu
  • Sathakoti vrithath smarakoti samath
  • Prathivalla vikabhimathath sukhadhath
  • Vasudeva suthanna paramkalaye
  • Abhirama gunakara dasarathe
  • Jagadeka danurdhara dheeramathe
  • Raghunayaka Rama Ramesa vibho
  • Varadho bhava deva daya jaladhe
  • Avaneethanaya kamaneeyakaram
  • Rajaneechara charu mukhamburuham
  • Rajaneechara raja thamo mihiram
  • Mahaneeyamaham Raghuramamaye
  • Sumukham Suhrudam Sulabham sukhadam
  • Swanujam cha Sukhayamamogha—
  • Saram Apahaya Raghudwaha manyamaham
  • Na kathnchana kanchana jathu bhaje
  • Vinaa Venkatesam nanatho nanatha:
  • Sadaa Venkatesam smarami smarami
  • Hare Venkatesa Praseeda Praseeda
  • Priyam Venkatesa Prayachha Prayachha
  • Aham doorathasthe padamboja yugma
  • Pranamechaya gathya sevam karomi
  • Sakruthsevaya nithyasevapalam thvam
  • Prayachha prayachha prabho Venkatesa
  • Agnanina maya doshaanaseshan vihithan Hare
  • Kshamasvathm kshamasvathvam
  • Seshasailasikhamane
  • Venkateswra Prapatti
  • Eesanam jagothosya Venkatapathe
  • Vishno paraam preyaseem
  • Thadhwakshasthala nithyavasarasikam
  • Thath kshanthi samvardhineem
  • Padmalankrutha pani pallavayugam
  • Padmasanasthaam Sriyam
  • Vathsalyadi gunojwalam Bhagavatheem
  • Vande jaganmatharam
  • Sreeman krupajaianidhe krithasarvaloka
  • Sarvagna Saktanathavathsala sarvaseshin
  • Swamin susheela sulabhasritha parijatha
  • Sree Venkatesa charanow saranam prapadhye
  • Aanupurarpitha sujatha sugandhi pushpa
  • Sowrabhya Sowrabhakarow samasannivesow
  • Sowmyow sadanubhavanepi navanu bhavyow
  • Sree Venkatesa charanow saranam papadhye
  • Sadyo vikasi samudithvara saandra raga
  • Sourabhya nirbhara saroruha soumya vaartham
  • Samyakshu sahasa padeshu vilekhayanthow
  • Sree Venkatesa charanow saranam prapadhye
  • Rekamayadwaja sudhakala saathapatra
  • Vajraamkrusamburuha kalpaka sanka chakrai
  • Bhawyai ralankruthathalow parathathva chinnai
  • Sree Venkatesa charanow saranam prapadhye
  • Thamrodara dyuthi parajitha padmaraagow
  • Baahyairmahobhi rabhi bhootha mahendra neelow
  • Udhyannakhamsubhi rudastha sasaanka bhasow
  • Sree Venkatessa charanow saranam prapadhye
  • Saprema bheethi kamalakara pallavabhyam
  • Samvahanepi sapadiklamamada dhanow
  • Kantha vavaangmanasa gochara sowkumaryow
  • Sree Venkatesa charanow saranam prapadhye
  • Lakshmeemaheetha dhanuroopa nijanubhava
  • Neeladi divyamahisheekara pallavanam
  • Aarunya sankramanatha kila saandra raagow
  • Sree Venkatesa charanow saranam prapadhye
  • Nithyanamadvidhi sivadi kireetakoti
  • Prathyupthadeepta navarathna mahaprarohai
  • Neerajanavidhi mudaramupada dhanow
  • Sree Venkatesa charanow saranam prapadhye
  • Vishnopade parama ithyuditha prasamsow
  • Yow madhwa uthsa ithi bhogyathayapyupaaththow
  • Bhooyasthathethi thava paanithala pradishtow
  • Sree Venkatesa charanow saranam prapadhye
  • Parthaaya thathsadrusa saarathina thvayaiva
  • Yow darshithow swacharanow saranam vrajethi
  • Shoyopi mahyamihathow karadarsithowthe
  • Sree Venkatesa charanow saranam prapadhye
  • Manmoordhni kaaliyapane vikataataveshu
  • Sree Venkatadri sikhare sirasi srutheenaam
  • Chithepyananyamanasam samamahithowthe
  • Sree Venkatesa charanow saranam prapadhye
  • Amiana hrushyadavaneethala keernapushpow
  • Sree Venkatadri sikharabharanaya manow
  • Aanandithaakila manonayanow thavaithow
  • Sree Venkatesa charanow saranam prapadhye
  • Praya prasanna janatha prathamavagahyow
  • Mathusthanaviva sisoramrtuhayamanow
  • Prapthow parasparathulamathulantharowthe
  • Sree Venkatesa charanow saranam prapadhye
  • Sathvotharaissathathasevya padambujena
  • Samsaratharaka dayadradruganchalena
  • Soumyopayanthru munina mamadarshithowthe
  • Sree Venkatesa charanow saranam prapadhye
  • Sreesa sriya ghatikaya thvadupaya bhave
  • Prapye thvayi swayamu peyathaya spuranthya
  • Nithyasrithaya niravadya gunayathubhyam
  • Syam kinkaroo Vrishagireesanajathumahyam
  • Venkateswra Mangalam
  • Sriyah kanthaya kalyana nidhaye nidhayerthinam
  • Sri Venkata nivasaya Srinivasaya Mangalam.
  • Lakshmi savibhramaloka-subhru vibhrama chakshushe
  • Chakshushe SarvaloKanam Venkatesaya Mangalam.
  • Sri Venkatadri Sringagra-Mangalaha bharananghraye
  • Mangalanam nivasaya Venkatesaya Mangalam.
  • Sarvavayava soundarya Sampadha Sarvachethasam
  • Sada sammohanayasthu Venkatesaya Mangalam.
  • Nithyaya niravadhyaya Sathyananda chidhathmane
  • Sarvantharathmane Srimad Venkatesava Mangalam.
  • Swathassarvavide sarvasakthaye Sarvaseshine
  • Sulabhaya Suseelaya Venkatesaya Mangalam.
  • Parasmai Brahmane Poorna Kamaya Paramathmane
  • Prayunje Parathathvaya Venkatesaya Mangalam.
  • Akalathathva masrantha mathmanamanu-pasyatham
  • Aipthya mritha rupaya Venkatesaya Mangalam.
  • Prayah swacharanow Pumsam Saranyathvena Panina
  • Kripaya dhisathe Srimad-Venkatesava Mangalam.
  • Dhayamritha tharanginya-Stharangairiva Seethalaih
  • Apagaissinchalhe viswam Venkatesava Mannalam.
  • Sragbhushambara hetheenam Sushamava hamurthaye
  • Sarvarthi Samanavasthu Venkatesaya Mangalam.
  • Sri Vaikunta virakthaya Swami Pushkarineethate
  • Ramaya Ramamanaya Venkatesaya Mangalam.
  • Srimad sundarajamathru manimanasavasine
  • Sarvaloka Nivasava Srinivasaya Mangalam.
  • Mangalasasana paraih madacharya Purogamaih.
  • Sarvaischa Purvairacharyaih Sathkrithayasthu Mangalam.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Tirupati Balaji Tirupati Balaji


The ancient and sacred temple of Sri Venkateswara is located on the seventh peak, Venkatachala (Venkata Hill) of the Tirupati Hill, and lies on the southern banks of Sri Swami Pushkarini.It is by the Lord's presidency over Venkatachala, that He has received the appellation, Venkateswara (Lord of the Venkata Hill). He is also called the Lord of the Seven Hills.




Tirupati Tirumala Balaji TempleThe temple of Sri Venkateswara has acquired unique sanctity in Indian religious lore. The Sastras, Puranas, Sthala Mahatyams and Alwar hymns unequivocally declare that, in the Kali Yuga, one can attain mukti, only by worshipping Venkata Nayaka or Sri Venkateswara.

The benefits acquired by a pilgrimage to Venkatachala are mentioned in the Rig Veda and Asthadasa Puranas. In these epics, Sri Venkateswara is described as the great bestowed of boons. There are several legends associated with the manifestation of the Lord at Tirumala.

History
There is ample literary and epigraphic testimony to the antiquity of the temple of Lord Sri Venkateswara. All the great dynasties of rulers of the southern peninsula have paid homage to Lord Sri Venkateswara in this ancient shrine. The Pallavas of Kancheepuram (9th century AD), the Cholas of Thanjavur (a century later), the Pandyas of Madurai, and the kings and chieftains of Vijayanagar (14th - 15th century AD) were devotees of the Lord and they competed with one another in endowing the temple with rich offerings and contributions.

It was during the rule of the Vijayanagar dynasty that the contributions to the temple increased. Sri Krishnadevaraya had statues of himself and his consorts installed at the portals of the temple, and these statues can be seen to this day. There is also a statue of Venkatapati Raya in the main temple.

Temple Legends
Sri Venkatachala Mahatmya is referred to in several Puranas, of which the most important are the Varaha Purana and the Bhavishyottara Purana. The printed work contains extracts from the Varaha Purana, Padma Purana, Garuda Purana, Brahmanda Purana, Markandeya Purana, Harivamsa, Vamana Purana, Brahma Purana, Brahmottara Purana, Aditya Purana, Skanda Purana and Bhavishyottara Purana. Most of these extracts describe the sanctity and antiquity of the hills around Tirumala and the numerous teerthams situated on them.

The legends taken from the Venkatachala Mahatmya and the Varaha Purana, pertaining to the manifestation of the Lord at Tirumala, are of particular interest.

According to the Varaha Purana, Adi Varaha manifested Himself on the western bank of the Swami Pushkarini, while Vishnu in the form of Venkateswara came to reside on the southern bank of the Swami Pushkarini


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Govinda Hari Govinda

Govinda Hari Govinda. Govinda Hari Govinda is the Bhajan Song of Lord Vishnu or Venkateswara. This is a slight variation of the Venkateswara Govinda Namavali devotional song of Mahavishnu by repeating "Govinda Hari Govinda Venkataramana Govinda" a few more times after each stanza. The beautiful devotional song was chanted by Tirupati Thirumala Devastanam Singers (TTD Singers).

Friday, August 21, 2009

Hare Krishna Kirtan by Radhanath Swami - Tirupati 31-01-2007

HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj leads an ecstatic kirtan during abhisheka at the Inauguration Festival of the new ISKCON temple in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, South India


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tirupathi Balaji Temple




This temple is one of the most important Vishnu temples in India and is also the richest. It is the most visited temple in India and is one of the most visited religious places in the world. This magnificent temple is located 20km up a hill from Tirupati. It is a very peaceful place and coming to this temple is a very awe-inspiring and devotional experience. On a spiritual tour of South India it is an absolute must. On an average over 25,000 people visit daily, and on festival days over 100,000 visit. In 1989, over eleven and a half million people made their pilgrimage here.

The historic and sacred temple of Sri Venkateswara is located on the seventh peak of the Tirupati Hill. The temple of Sri Venkateswara fondly known as Balaji temple has acquired unique sanctity in Indian religious lore. The benefits acquired by a pilgrimage to Tirupathi Balaji are mentioned in the Rig Veda and Asthadasa Puranas. In these epics, Sri Venkateswara is described as the great bestower of boons. There are several legends associated with the manifestation of the Lord at Tirumala.

According to the tradition this temple has a self manifested idol of Vishnu and it is believed that Vishnu will reside on earth for the entire kaliyugam on tirumala hills. For this reason it attracts Hindus from across the world and is the most visited religious place in the world.All the great dynasties of rulers of the southern peninsula have paid homage to Lord Sri Venkateswara in this ancient shrine. The Pallavas of Kancheepuram, the Cholas of Thanjavur, the Pandyas of Madurai, and the kings and chieftains of Vijayanagar (14th - 15th century AD) were devotees of the Lord. It was during the rule of the Vijayanagar dynasty that the contributions to the temple increased.

Sri Krishnadevaraya had statues of himself and his consorts installed at the portals of the temple, and these statues can be seen to this day.Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams is an independent trust which manages the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple now. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam was established in 1932 as a result of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Act of 1932. According to the act, administration of the temple was vested to a committee of seven members and overseen by a paid commissioner as appointed by the Madras Government.The temple is the world's richest in terms of the wealth of offerings and gifts given by visiting pilgrims. On average around 60,000 pilgrims per day visit the temple, and on special occasions up to 3,00,000 per day.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

Lord Venkateswara - Tirupati Balaji



he idol of Lord Vishnu, just to have a glimpse of whom people from different parts of India ...different parts of the world rushes to come and stand in queue for hours after hours is Tirupati Venkateswara.

Lord Venkateswara of Tirupati is believed as the last incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is in the southern Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, 130 kms from the Chennai (Madras), on Tirumala hills from where Lord Venkateswara - popularly known as Balaji - showering his eternal blessing and kindness to the mankind. He is believed to be the one of the manifestation of Lord Vishnu.

The Tirumala Tirupati temple of Lord Venkateswara Balaji in Andhra Pradesh attracts millions of visitors every year. The deity is Extremely Lively and people keeps on standing hours after hours on the queue for offering pooja. This is one of the common belief in the mind of people that whatever you will give to Lord Venkateswara of Tirupati in the name of Puja, God will return you several multiple of that.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Lord Venkateswara - Tirupati Balaji




Tirupati/Tirumala is a pilgrimage center of great significance and is visited by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims throughout the year.Venkateswara, or Srinivasa or Balaji as the presiding deity Vishnu is known, is enshrined in this temple, located on a range of the Eastern Ghats, called the Seven Hills.

It is an ancient temple and its glory has been sung by the saints of the yesteryears. Said to be the richest temple in India, this temple is a vibrant cultural and philanthropic institution with a grand history spanning several centuries. It attracts pilgrims from all over the country and it is not unusual for pilgrims to stand in line for hours together to obtain a glimpse of the presiding deity for a few fleeting seconds.

TTD, or Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam manages the affairs of the temple, the well being of the pilgrims, the upkeep of the environs in and around the Tirumala hills and sponsors several undertakings that are religious, charitable, social and educational in nature. References to Tiruvenkatam abound in early Tamil literature(Tolkappiam and Silappadikaram) .

Explicit reference to the Lord of Tiruvenkatam is found in the works of the early Tamil Saint Poets Poigai Alwar, Bhuthathu Alwar and Pay Alwar as well as in the poems of the later Alwars. The great religious leader Ramanuja Acharya is said to have visited here in the 11th - 12th century AD. References to Venkatachalam are also found in several of the Puranas. Tirumalai constitutes one of the 108 Sri Vaishnava Divya Desams - sacred shrines in the Sri Vaishnavite tradition.

Krishna Deva Raya of the Vijayanagar Empire is said to have visited this temple 7 times. An image of his is also found in the temple. The Venkatesa Itihasa Mala and the Varaha Purana contain several legends connected with Tirumalai.

Lord Venkateswara (balaji), most sought after God!!


Lord venkateswara has taken loan from the god of riches kubera so much money for his marriage and pledged that he would be paying off the interest on the loan from the collections of tirupati temple. So, if you pray to Him that you will offer some portion of the money from the doubtful deal , you may get it in such a way that it was possible only through his help and grace. So the devotee , who got such a benefit come and secretly drops millions of money in the donation box. This became a regular feature which became common to common man. But, we have to analyze and learn some thing from this. Though religious gurus say this is not possible, Lord venkateswara, or Tirupathi balaji likes to help his devotees in their business deals . This is possible only through the form of Lord venkateswara of Tirupathi and he is pleased when they visit Him and pay off his portion. No body can command God to be like this way or that way. We have to observe what is happening around and learn about His ways.This balaji temple is in Tirupathi, andhra pradesh, India. It is Vatican city of Hindu religion.
source : www.geocities.com/gvsgopalarao/tirupathi/graceofvenkateswara.html

Friday, August 14, 2009

Tirupati Pilgrimage Yatra

Tirupati town is located in the southern portion of Andhra Pradesh. The most important place of interest at the place is the historic shrine of Sri Venkateswara, the Lord of Seven Hills, who is famous all over the country.


The Tirupati Balaji shrine is located on a hill at Tirumala, a cluster of seven hills known as Seshachalam or Venkatachalam with an elevation of 2,800ft above the sea level. Known as the richest temple in the world, it is a vibrant cultural and philanthropic institution with a grand history. It attracts pilgrims from all over the country who have to wait for hours together to obtain a glimpse of the presiding deity for a few fleeting seconds. The temple with its tower is a fine example of Dravidian architecture.

The temple of Tirupati Balaji in south India is one of the most revered and sacred shrines in the country. Millions of devotees visit the temple to seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu, who is the patron deity of the temple. The peaceful environs of the temple make the place look more beautiful.

The temple complex is large and spacious, surrounded by the Tirumalai range. The stone Gopuram appears different with celestial figures and statues. Inside, the pillars, doorways, and the Vimana of the main shrine are plated with gold. Besides this it is a massive rectangular bathing ghat, enclosed on all four sides by stone steps leading down to the water. A wide street runs around the entire complex.

Sri Venkateshwara temple, the abode of Lord Venkateswara, also known as Balaji in the north and Srinivasa in southern parts of India, is one of the most famous temples in India and is located at Tirumala. Apart from the Lord Venkateswara temple, the other important places at Tirumala are Papavinasam and Akasaganga waterfalls.

source : www.southindiatourshub.com

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tirupati Venkateswara Balaji



Tirupati is one of the greatest Hindu pilgrimage centres in India. Although popularly known as Tirupati, the real name is Tirumala- Tirupati-Devasthanam. Every year Hindu pilgrims from India and abrod visit this centre. Devotees believe that their desire will be fulfilled by the grace of god. Although itis located in the Southern Andhra Pradesh, it is better to go to Tirupati via Chennai. Tirupati has regular air,road & railway link with Chennai, even one may availpackaged tour to Tirupati from Chennai & return on the same day.

During Satyayug (according to hindu mythology, 4 ages-Satya, Treta, Drapar & Kaliyuga) the place was called Rishavadri, in Treta Anjanachal, in Dwapar Sheshachal & in Kaliyuga Venkatagiri, Le, the cluster of 7 hills in Chittur district, known as Sheshachal or Venkatachal. Legend says that these 7 hills are the heads of Snake God Adidesha, who is used as the bed of Lord Vishnu. Tirumalai is one of these 7 hills. On top of the hill is Balaji Temple shaded by mango and sandal trees. The area of the town surrounding the temple is 4 Sq km and the altitude is 860 m. Surroundings are covered by hill of red stone. Railway station and bus terminus are very close to each other in Tirupati East. Adjoining is the TIO Bus Stand & buses are available round the clock. The buses leave along 4 km plain road and 18 km hilly road for the temple on top of the hill. A ticket is valid for 3 days, inclusive of return journey available in TIO buses. Share jeeps & taxis are also available for journey to the temple. It is a hilly road, there are frequent sharp curves and 57 hair pin bends. There is another road used by pilgrimS on foot. The road starts from Alipodi 4 km to the north of bus stand or rly stn and entire stretch that leads to the temple at the top is shaded. Autos & buses ply between bus stand, rly stn to AlipidL Luggage rooms are available for keeping the luggage of passengers. Many pilgrims however reach temple on foot covering a hilly road of 14.5 km in order to earn blessings of god. There are two temples on walking route namely Nrisingha Temple & Ramanujacharya Temple. Hearsay is that without offering puja at Nrisingha Temple, Tirupati darshan is incomplete.

In Telugu Tiru means Lakshmi, Tirupati meaning Lakshmi's Pati or Husband, who is Vishnu or Balaji. The dual image of Shiv a & Vishnu is Balaji, i.e, Lord Venketswara to whom this temple is dedicated. It is a very old temple. There are three boundariesimmediately after the entrance, the I st is Sampangi, the 2nd is Vimana & the 3rd is Baikuntha Pradakhsin, Le, going round the main temple and then final entrance. The custom is that one has to make holy dip in the adjoining Venkateswar Kund or Swami Pushkarini before offering puja to the deity. According to the myth, this Sarovar of Lord Vishnu was imported to the earth by Narada, the bard of heaven. It is the richest temple in India courtesy contribution made by past kings and royals. Its wealth is renowned in the world. The annual income is Rs 5 lakh crores. According to popular belief that deity Lord Venkateswara in order to meet his wedding expenses borrowed money from Kuber, the banker of the heaven-the debt remains unpaid, even today. Hence the devotees donate as per tradition so that the loan is repaid. However various social and educational activities are performed with the help of the wealth that is generated here. There are 13000 employees on the payroll of Temple committee.

There are different kinds of worshipping tystem. The system was devised by Ramanujacharya. No body can stop before the deity, one has to simultaneously move in order to have darshan. The system is to offer Pranami or Puja offemings in a dol or' handi'. Suprabhat Darshanam costs Rs 120 (2-30 hrs), at Rs 220 Thomaleseva (3-30 hrs), at Rs 220 Archana, (4-30 hrs). Special darshans are organised at a costofRs 1000 (2 person) Rs 1500 (3 persons), Rs 2500 (5 persons). It seems, money power matters even at the place of the creator as rich devotees are privilaged to have a private darshan of the deity. Annaprasad is offered to the worshippers. One can buy separately the prasad. One however may buy tasteful prasad of Iaddus

The Garvagriha is wrapped by 100 kg gold and 2 m high, four handed deity of Balaji of black-stone standing on a lotus. The two rear hands hold a conch shell and a chakra or wheel. One in front symbolises reassurance & other remains at waist. The deity's entire body is covered with golden jewellary and precious stones. Kings & Sultans would have envied the god as the possess wealth more than any emperor, thanks to this rich devouts. In 1984 the crown or the I boira kritam was specially made at a cost of Rs 5 crore. The crown is made of 12 kg of gold and a thousand pIeces of diamonds.

Every Thursday the deity is dressed new flowers. Even the eyes are not visible-Only the feet and face are visible. The two wives of the Lord, Sree Devi and Bhu Devi are also placed in the temple. The latest attraction of the temple is a golden chariot (21 ft) built in 1955 at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore made of 780.7 kg of copper wrapped with 29.922 kg of gold. During Navaratri in October Lord Balaji rides this chariot. Annaprasad is available against coupon in the dinning hall. The temple is reserved for the Hindus only. Special permission is given to Christians for darshan. The temple is open between 3 to 21-00, shops are however open for 24 hours in Thirumalai.

The mandap or the meeting hall on thousand stone pillars is also beautiful. 247 ft high Gopuram (gateway) of the temple is a fine example of Dravidian architecture. Of late, the height has been further increased. On the spire, the vimana wrapped in gold is called Ananda Nilayam. The gold wrapped Dhajwa stambha (Flag post), Le, a palm tree along-with King of Vijay ana gar, Krishna Deva Roya and his queen is also found in the temple. The decoration of the temple is unique. In the temple, the images of kings & emperors in copper and stone are also found. The little museum opposite to the temple is also an attraction. On an average 20000 devotees visit the temple everyday. On special occasions the number exceeds 100000. Visitors wait in the queue for hours together for the darshan of Deity. Special arrangement for dar.fhan is also avilable against a ticket of Rs 30 since early in the morning. This can avoid the long wait in the queue. If, however, one donates Rs 5 lakh then he along with his family are entitled to be there for 5 years and enjoy darfhan. During annual festival in September, pilgrims from far off places arrive here. Similarly during holidays the queue becomes longer. On Friday is Abhifhekalli festival. Special Darshan resumes after 10-00.There is also the tradition of offering the hair to the deity after shaving head at Kalyan Ghat.

source : www.tirupatihotels.net

Tirupati Balaji Brahmotsavam




India's most sacred and ancient temples - the Tirupati/Tirumala Venkateswara temple - during the biggest festival of the year, the holy Brahmotsavam. See the nine days procession, with the temple deity being carried throughout the holy city on his various golden vahanas accompanied by hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic devotees.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tirupati Venkateswara Balaji

Tirupati Balaji is accredited for being the most visited pilgrimages centers in India. It is located at the distance of 67 km away from Chittoor in Chittoor district of southern Andhra Pradesh and 170 km north east of Chennai. The temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara or Vishnu, visited by thousands of pilgrims through out the year. The word 'Tirupati' is derived on the name of the village located on the Venkata Hill means 'the Lord of Lakshmi'. With its many shrines and numerous dharamshalas the whole are surrounding the Tirumala Hill offers a fascinating insight of the contemporary Hinduism practiced on the large scale in India.



Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Dayasindhu The White Spot On The Lords Chin


The white spot on the chin of the Lord will remind us of Sri Ananthazhwar, a disciple of Sri Ramanuja. As a part of maintenance of a garden in the service of the Lord, Ananthazhwar was digging up earth, assisted by his pregnant wife. She got tired.

The compassionate Lord could not contain himself. He assumed the form of a lad and assisted her in her service.

But Ananthazhwar did not like the intrusion and hit Him on His chin with the spade. The lad simply disappeared. Later when Ananthazhwar went to the Temple to worship, he found the Lord bleeding on His chin.

Ananthazhwar realised his mistake and profusely apologised to the Lord and applied "Pacha Karpuram" (camphor balming) with fond love. The Lord pardoned Ananthazhwar and said He would sport the Pacha Karpuram for ever in remembrance of Ananthazhwar's love and devotion.

Sri Kulasekharazhvvar in his enchanting poetry expressed his desire to be born and reborn only in Tirumala.

"Whatever the form! Howsoever mean! Be it a fish or bush! Shrub or stone!" His only wish is to be associated forever with Tirumala and the Bhaktas. His love for the Lord culminates into passion.

The Lord sanctioned his wish. The gold plated step in the Garbhagriha in Tirumala Temple is named "Kulasekharapadi". Kulasekharazhwar is remembered forever.

In Kaliyuga, it is said, singing the praise of the Lord is the easiest means to obtain His grace. Lord Srinivasa has been the central theme for many a saint-minstrel. The Alwars were the earliest to be inspired by Lord Balaji. Portions of the Naalayira Divya Prabandham comprising the songs of the Alwars are sung everyday in the presence of the Lord.

The Prabandhams and the outpouring divine grace of Sri Balaji inspired Tallapaka Annamacharya to sing His glories in Telugu and in Sanskrit.

Of the 32000 songs composed by him, only 12000 are available.Keertanas like 'Brahma Kadigina Padamu' and 'Adivo Alladivo Sriharivaasamu' are popular even today.

Sri Balaji's influence can be discerned in the thousands of songs sung by another devotee, the famous Purandaradasa. Only a few hundred of his songs are available. 'Daasana Maadiko Enna', 'Nambide Ninna Paadava Venkataramana' are worthy of mention.

Sri Venkatesa has made the great Ramabhakta, Sri Tyagaraja, the author of over 4000 songs, also to pour his heart out in intense bhakti for Him. 'Tera Teeyagarada', 'Venkatesa! Ninnu Sevimpanu' are among his well-known Keertanas on the Lord of the Hills.

The Lord has enriched the entire approach to Bhakti through medium of music, the easiest way to Him. This has been exemplified by the minstrels through millennia. The devotee has to be eternally grateful to Him for this supreme gift.

source : www.sribalaji.com

Monday, August 10, 2009

Lord Venkateswara - Tirupati Balaji



The idol of Lord Vishnu, just to have a glimpse of whom people from different parts of India ...different parts of the world rushes to come and stand in queue for hours after hours is Tirupati Venkateswara.

Lord Venkateswara of Tirupati is believed as the last incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is in the southern Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, 130 kms from the Chennai (Madras), on Tirumala hills from where Lord Venkateswara - popularly known as Balaji - showering his eternal blessing and kindness to the mankind. He is believed to be the one of the manifestation of Lord Vishnu.

The Tirumala Tirupati temple of Lord Venkateswara Balaji in Andhra Pradesh attracts millions of visitors every year. The deity is Extremely Lively and people keeps on standing hours after hours on the queue for offering pooja. This is one of the common belief in the mind of people that whatever you will give to Lord Venkateswara of Tirupati in the name of Puja, God will return you several multiple of that.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Rituals of Worship at Tirupati Venkateswara Balaji



The following list explains some of the various pujas and rituals conducted at the Tirupati Balaji Venkateswara temple located on the Tirumalai hill.

Suprabhatam



Every morning the Suprabhatam, Prapatti and Mangalasasanam slokas are recited, and a descendant of Tallapaka Annamacharya sings a few of Annamacharya's sankeertanas. Devotees present at the time of Suprabhatam can have the Lord's Suprabhata Darsanam, also called Viswarupa Sarvadarsanam.







Kalyanotsavam
Kalyanotsavam is also known as Vaivahikotsavam or Pendli Tirunal. It is conducted in the Kalyana Mandapam and its rituals are similar to those followed in Hindu marriages.

The utsava murti of the Lord (Malayappaswami) is the bridegroom and the two nachchimars are the two brides. An imaginary family pedigree of the contracting parties is recited during the course of the ritual.

The deities of the bridegroom and brides face each other with a screen in between. They are allowed to see each other only at the appropriate auspicious moment when the screen is removed. Marriage homams are performed. A purohit conducts the marriage and an archaka is consecrated to perform the homams and other rituals, on behalf of the bridegroom.

After the marriage, valuable clothes are presented to the brides and the bridegroom and to the purohit and the archaka. Dakshina is also given to the brahmins who officiate at the function. Sweets, cake and food are offered to the deity and distributed to those who are present. In terms of rituals, Pratyeka Kalyanotsavam is the same as Kalyanotsavam.

Tomala Seva

Tomala Seva involves the decoration of the Lord with flowers. Tomala is the shortened form of the Tamil expression 'Toditta Malai' (adorning the deity with garlands of flowers). The flower garlands are prepared in Yamunat-turai. According to tradition, there are fixed specifications as to the kinds of flowers to be used, their source and the length of the garlands. The periya jiyar of the temple or his ekangi bring the garlands along with a lit torch in a procession, to the accompaniment of the beat of the jeghanta.

The deity is then adorned with the flowers , while the mantra- pushpam is recited in the Sayana Mandapam.

The service comes to a close with the waving of the flame known as nakshatra-harati, the sprinkling of mantrodaka, waving of vinjamara, and the priest dedicating the service to the lotus feet of the Lord. During the service, the Vaikhasana priest is assisted by the ekangi. Admission for Tomala Seva is through the Vaikuntam Queue Complex.

Koil Alwar Thirumanjanam

Koil Alwar Thirumanjanam is a purificatory ceremony that takes place in the sanctum. It is performed four times a year - before Ugadi, Aanivari Asthanam, the annual Brahmotsavam and Vaikuntha Ekadashi.

After the first bell, the smaller deities and other articles including the aghandam deepam in the sanctum are moved to the ante chamber. the main deity of the Lord is covered with water-proof material.

The sanctum is then cleansed and a ground paste of kumkum, karpooram (camphor) and chandanam (sandalwood paste) is applied to the walls, ceiling and floor. After some time, the walls are wipred clean. The water-proof covering on the deity is removed, and Laghu Thirumanjanam is given to the main deity and Bhoga Srinivasa. Food is then offered to the Lord during the second bell.

Pavitrotsavam

Pavitrotsavam is a purificatory ceremony, the objective of which is to expiate the mistakes and offenses arising in the daily worship of the deity. This function is elaborately performed in the month of August every year.

Pushpa Yagam

Pushpa Yagam is the worship of the Lord with a variety of sweets and fragrant flowers. It is conducted on sravana nakshatram day after Brahmotsavam.

Archana

First Archana: During the First Archana, also called the Sahasranama Archana, the Lord is worshipped by reciting the Sahasranamam (1008 names of the Lord). Admission for Archana is through the Vaikuntam Queue Complex.

First Bell: This is the first Naivedyam (food offering) to the Lord for the day. Naivedyam is announced by ringing the two bells, followed by Sattumura (recitation of a few psalms of the Prabandham by the Jiyangar or his assistant and the Vaishnava acharya purushas), and the distribution of curd-mixed food among them.

Food is also offered to to Vishwaksena, Garuda and the Nityasuries. The ringing of bells and Naivedyam are popularly known as the First Bell of the temple.

Second Bell and Second Archana: The Second Bell or Aparanhapuja is the second Naivedyam for the Lord. It is followed by a second Archana when the Ashthottaranama (108 names of the Lord as given in the Varaha Purana) is read. This is an ekantam (private) service, and pilgrims are not allowed to witness this ritual.

Abhishekam

Abhishekam to the Lord Sri Venkateswara is performed in the early hours, every Friday. Traditional natural perfumed camphor, saffron, and milk are used for giving a sacred bath to Lord Venkateswara. The namam (white religious mark on the Lord's forehead) is drawn with an intermediate thin tapering line of musk.

Chanting of Vedas and prabandhams: Abhishekam is then performed for the gold image of Sri Lakshmi which hangs in a gold chain on His chest, to the chanting of Sri-Suktam. And at the end, a harati of camphor is waved. The Lord is dressed in a pitambaram along with valuable ornaments.

The saffron water collected from the Lord's body is the Abhisheka Tirtham; it is considered to be holy since it has been in contact with His body. It is given in small spoonfuls to the pilgrims during the Sarvadarsanam that follows as theerthams.

Abhishekam is conducted every Friday, it lasts approxiamately for one and half hours from 0400 hrs. Holders of Rs. 12,250.00, Rs. 750.00, Rs. 300.00 and Rs. 150.00 (per head) tickets are admitted. Only a limited number of tickets are issued for Abhishekam. On Friday, Tomala Seva and Archana are conducted from 0700 hrs to 0800 hrs.

Unjal Seva
Sri Malayappaswami (utsava murthi), Sridevi and Bhudevi are seated in an unjal in the Aina Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) and swung to the accompaniment of Vedaparayanam and Mangala Vadyam.

Vasanthotsavam

Vasanthotsavam is a festival of colours. It is a periodical festival celebrated in the month of vasantham.

Sahasra Deepalankarana Seva

This seva is performed in the Unjal Mandapam. The Mandapam glows with the lights of sahasra deepa (a thousand earthern lamps). The Lord is seated on an unjal, which is rocked gently to the accompaniment of a clarinet orchestra.


Sadalimpu or Sallimpu
(on Thursdays)

Tiruppavada, on Thursday, the rich garments and ornaments with which Lord Venkateswara is adorned on the previous Friday are, to a large extent, removed and a bare minimum (dhoti and uttariyam) is left on His body. This process is called Sadalimpu or Sallimpu (loosening or removing). The Lord is dressed in a laced velvet gown.

The kasturi (mark on the Lord's forehead) is also removed leaving only a thin mark

Pulangi Seva (on Thursdays)

After the evening puja and Naivedyam on Thursdays, the Lord's deity is covered with garlands of flowers extending from the crown to His feet. This decoration - exclusively with flowers - is called Pulangi Seva. This is an arjitha seva (paid seva), admission for which is given on the payment of a fee.

Arjitha Brahmotsavam

Brahmotsavam is performed for one day in an abridged manner within the temple precincts. Sri Malayappaswami (utsava murti) with His two consorts is worshipped in the Kalyana Mandapam with Vedic mantras and rituals and mounted on three vahanams - (golden Pedda Sesha Vahanam, silver Garuda Vahanam and silver Hanumantha Vahanam). This seva is performed after Kalyanotsavam.

source : www.indiadivine.org/articles/989/1/Rituals-of-Worship-at-Tirupati/Page1.html

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Tirupati Balaji


152 km of Chennai, Tirupati, the abode of the Hindu god Venkateshvara or the Lord of Seven Hills, is the backbone of Andhra Pradesh plgrimage and tourism industry. The world-renowned temple is situated at Tirumala hill, 10 km from Tirupati, at an altitude of 750 m above sea level. The strict rituals followed here are evident from the fact that until late 19th century, non-Hindus were not permitted to ascend the hill itself. The ancient shrine have blossomed with the generous aids and contributions of the all the kings from great dynasties of the southern peninsula including the Pallavas of Kancheepuram, the Cholas of Thanjavur, the Pandyas of Madurai, and the kings of Vijayanagar empire. However, the donations multiplied astronomically during the rule of the Vijayanagar dynasty and the legendary king Krishnadevaraya had statues of himself and his consorts installed at the portals of the Tirupati temple.

Raghoji Bhonsle, the Maratha general, visited the temple and said to be the first person to set up a permanent donation for the conduct of worship in the temple along with offerings of valuable jewels and a large emerald to the Lord. The emerald is preserved carefully in a box named after the General to this day. The rulers of Mysore and Gadwal have also been amongst the biggest contributors to the temple. Lord Venkateswara Temple at Tirumala is popularly known as the temple of Tirupati Balaji. The other noteworthy temples at Tirupati are Padmavati Temple dedicated to Goddess Padmavati, the consort of Lord Venkateswara. A visit to this temple also known as 'Alamelumangapuram' is customary to complete the pilgrimage to the Tirumala temple. Govindaraja Swami Temple was consecrated by Saint Ramanujacharya in 1130 and is one of the most important temples of the city. The 10th century Kodandaramaswami Temple dedicated to Sita, Rama and Lakshmana was built by a Chola ruler. Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple is only temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in Tirupati. Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple at Srinivasa Mangapuram is believed to be the place where Lord Venkateswara stayed here after his marriage with Sri Padmavati Devi before returning to his abode at Tirumala.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Lord Tirupati Balaji’s Jewel worth Rs 7000 Crore is being Auctioned by Rudraksha Foundation Society

Gondia, Maharashtra, India A rare and unique precious gem, known as Gondia Ruby is being auctioned by Rudraksha Foundation Society. It is anticipated that the Jewel may fetch the price of US $ 1.6 Billion and is looking for sponsors and buyers for the same.

Mr. Limaye had found a rare and unique precious gemstone, processed it and became the official owner of the largest Star Ruby (1275cts) (Gondia Ruby). The Jewel has a finished cut with all sides polished and is Hexagonal in shape. It shows SIX RAY STAR on both Cabochon sides.

Mr. Limaye could not cash the jewel and to safeguard the welfare of his family members he donated the rare jewel to Lord Venkateshwara of Tirupati Devasthanam in 1998. However, the Trust Board of Tirupati Devasthanam discredited the donor and the jewel instead of accepting the donation.

Mr. Limaye’s feels that the actual owner of the jewel is Tirupati Balaji and which is why he has decided that the money received from the sale will be spent for the welfare of the society in the name of Lord Balaji by Rudraksha Foundation, which is a registered welfare trust.

Gondia Ruby is the officially owned, fully finished largest star ruby in the world. Trustees of Tirupati Devasthanam refused to accept the jewel since last eleven years. Using legal recourse the ownership problem was sorted out and now it is offered for sale. A caveat has been registered on June 8, 2009 after informing the honorable court about the sale.

Once the jewel is sold off it will never reach Tirupati Devasthanam therefore the devotees of Lord Tirupati Balaji are requested to have a look at the video showing the dedicated jewel.
source : www.andhranews.net/India/2009/June/12-Lord-Tirupati-Balaji-11079.asp

Tirumala-Tirupati


The town of Tirupati is one of the most ancient and spectacular places of pilgrimage in India. It is situated in the Chittoor district in southern Andhra Pradesh. The town owes its existence to the sacred temple of Lord Sri Venkateswara situated on the Tirumala Hill adjoining it. With a history that dates back to over twelve centuries, the temple is the jewel in the crown of ancient places of worship in southern India.

The Tirumala Hill is 3200 ft above sea level, and is about 10.33 sq miles in area. It comprises seven peaks, representing the seven hoods of Adisesha, thus earning the name, Seshachalam. The seven peaks are called Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrishabhadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri.

The sacred temple of Sri Venkateswara is located on the seventh peak, Venkatadri (Venkata Hill), and lies on the southern banks of Sri Swami Pushkarini. There are several legends associated with the manifestation of the Lord in Tirumala.

The name Tirupati, meaning the ‘the Lord of Lakshmi’ should have been appropriately applied to the village on the Venkata Hill, the abode of the Lord. However, it has been popularly assigned to the Municipal town at the foot of the Hill, while the village around the Hill near His temple is called Tirumala (the Sacred Hill).

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) maintains twelve temples and their sub-shrines in the Tirumala-Tirupati area.
source : www.tirumala.org/maintemple_ttarea.htm

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Famous Tourist Attractions of India - Tirupati Balaji Temple


The town of Tirupati-Balaji is one of the most sacred places in India. It is famous for Lord Venkateshwara Deity. The name Tirupati-Balaji means the 'lord of Lakshmi'. The shrine is located on a hill at Tirumala, a cluster of seven hills known as Venkatachalam with an elevation of 853m above the sea level. It is said to be the richest temple in the world, this temple is a vibrant cultural and philanthropic institution with a grand history. The architecture of the temple is such that the Cupola over the sanctorum is covered entirely with gold plate and is known as "the Ananda Nilayam". The shrine consists of three 'Prakarams'or enclosures.


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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple


The town of Tirupati-Balaji is one of the most sacred places in India. It is famous for Lord Venkateshwara Deity. The name Tirupati-Balaji means the 'lord of Lakshmi'. The shrine is located on a hill at Tirumala, a cluster of seven hills known as Venkatachalam with an elevation of 853m above the sea level. It is said to be the richest temple in the world, this temple is a vibrant cultural and philanthropic institution with a grand history. The architecture of the temple is such that the Cupola over the sanctorum is covered entirely with gold plate and is known as "the Ananda Nilayam". The shrine consists of three 'Prakarams'or enclosures.

Tirupati town is 67-km from Chittoor, the southern portion of Andhra Pradesh. The most important place of interest at the place is the historic shrine of Sri Venkateswara, the Lord of Seven Hills, who is famous all over the country.

Everyday is a day of festivity at Tirumala. The most famous is the annual festival called 'Brahmotsavam', which is celebrated on grand scale for nine days in September, attracting pilgrims and tourists from all parts of the country. The fifth and ninth days of the festival are especially significant in as much as Garudostavam and Rathotavam takes place on those days.
source : http://www.religiousportal.com/TirumalaTirupatiBalaji.html