Saturday, July 14, 2012

World's Richest Temple Tirupati Venkateswara Balaji

Located only 10 km from the city of Tirupati, the Tirupati Venateswara Balaji is considered a necessary travel destination for every Hindu pilgrim. The ordained deity of the temple is Lord Venkateswara, who also goes by the name Venkatramana. The temple observes the philosophy of love and equality while also forbidding the sacrifice of animals. Everyday thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit the temple and it is estimated that over 5 billion people visit the temple every year. An average of 50,000 pilgrims visit the temple daily with numbers reaching as high as 200,000 on special occasions. As it stands now the Tirupati Venateswara Balaji is the second most visited shrine in the world.

The temple has an extravagantly embellished idol of Sri Venkateswara at the entrance. The inside is decorated with vimana covered in gold and elegantly sculpted columns. There are multiple small shrines inside the temple and a main shrine called the Vimana. The whole temple is made in the Dravidian style, which is characterized by deep carvings both on the inside and outside of the temple. More interesting architecture features of the Tirupati Venateswara Balaji temple is the three enclosed courts called Prakarams and a dome, which is a prominent feature, observed from afar. Other main attractions include a statue of Vijayanagara King Krishnadevaraya and his spouse.

When looking at the history of the Tirupati Venkateswara Balaji it becomes clear as to why the Tirupati Venkateswara Balaji became the world’s richest temple. Though the exact age of the temple is unclear, scholars are certain that it was built before 500 A.D. This became apparent when literature dated around that time was discovered in the temple. Since the construction of this temple, rulers of Andhra Pradesh have donated large amounts of gold to the temple. Even in our times many pilgrims travel to the temple to bring their gifts to honor Lord Venkateswara.

The Tirupati Venkateswara Balaji is considered the world’s richest temple for the large amount of donations it receives on a daily basis. A shocking amount of cash, precious metals, jewels and jewelry are donated in honor of Lord Venkateswara for wishes that were granted or for afflictions that were avoided. On average the daily earnings amount to Rs. 75 Lakhs with the highest average amounting to Rs. 180 Lakh in one day. The Tirupati Venkateswara Balaji has an annual income of Rs. 650 crore earning it its title as the world’s richest temple.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Tirupati temple tour

Tirupati Laddu Size

Tirumala laddu was bigger in size about 15 years back comparing to nowadays what the devotees get as prasadam we are ready to pay more but avaialability is only to the staff and also some laddoos are sold in black @ Rs 50 each specially by the security staff in the temple premises you will be approached by them and in a friendly chat you will be enquired your place of destination and after confirmation you will be asked if you need laddoos which are for sale.

I wish the TTD Trust notes down the difference between supply and demand hope they balance the same by opening a special counter for sale of laddoo Prasadam as per quantity required by the devotees.

Tirupathi Laddu got patent right

Tirupati Laddu Facts

  1. Around 150,000 laddus are made daily.
  2. One laddu is given free to each devotee; the number of daily devotees that visit the temple is around 50,000.
  3. A devotee can buy extra two laddus – a laddu costs 5 rupees.
  4. The revenue from the sale of laddu annually is more than 11 million rupees.
  5. Each laddu weighs around 100gms and is huge when compared with the normal laddu found in shops.
  6. There is a super huge Tirupati Laddu known as Kalyana Laddu and it weighs around 500gms – ½ a kilogram.
  7. Single largest laddu made is said to have weighed 32 kg.
  8. The tradition of Tirupati Laddu is nearly 300 years old.
  9. It is prepared by special hereditary priests known as archakas in special temple kitchen known as ‘potu’.
  10. Ingredients used in Tirupati Laddu are Besan flour (kadalai mavu), Sugar, Cashew nuts, Cardamom, Ghee, Oil, Sugar candy, Raisins and Almonds.
  • On a day around 5000 kg of Besan flour is used.
  • Sugar around 10000 kg.
  • Cashew nuts around 600 kg.
  • Cardamom 150 kg
  • Ghee 300 liters
  • Sugar candy 400 kg
  • Raisins 540 kg

The ingredients are bought at the auction at the Commodities and Spices Exchange in Kochi.

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTDs) the administrating body of the temple is planning to patent the Tirupati Laddu to stop counterfeits.

Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanam gets copyright for Tirupati laddoo

The Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanam has got geographical indication(GI) certificate for Tirupati laddoo offered as prasadam to devotees at the Lord Venkateswara temple in Tirumala hills. This copyright means no one can make and sell laddoos as Tirupati prasadams within a specified territory.

The TTD had applied for GI with the Chennai-based Geographical Indication Registry in March last year. The certification was completed recently.

Mr G. L.Verma, assistant registrar of trademarks and GI, told reporters at his Chennai office that "We have granted the GI certificate for Tirupati laddoo to the TTD". This laddoo "is now protected under law and none can copy it and market it under the same name".

He explained that under GI, the right to marketing the certified product is tied to a definite geographical territory and the product should be produced or processed or prepared in that territory. Part of the Intellectual Property Rights, the GI tag provides legal protection and empowers the holder to take legal action in case of infringement.

In its application seeking the GI tag, TTD had said that the size and flavour "are typical characteristics of Tirupati laddoo." They are not produced anywhere in the world and "are unique in terms of quality, reputation and other characteristics, which go into its making."

Speaking to mediapersons in Tirupati, TTD chairman D K Audikesavulu and TTD executive officer I Y R Krishna Rao said the GIR certificate will effectively curb the fake laddoo menace.

The temple kitchen prepares approximately 1.5 lakh laddoos a day. The production is increased by 50 to 75 percent on peak days.

Earlier, the price of a laddoo was just Rs 10 a piece. In the last two years, it has gone up to Rs 25. Its size varies, depending on the purpose for which it is used. Small laddoos are distributed to devotees free, but a regular or medium-sized laddoo is sold across the counter. The large ones are called 'kalyana Laddoos'.


Tirupati Venkateswara Swami abhishek secret video

real video taken from a cd issed by ttd in 1970