The Story about Shri Tirupati Bala Ji Temple is on the Tirumala Mountains of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. People worship Lord Vishnu here as Lord Venkateswara. Tirupati temple is one of the most famous temples in India. More than 50k devotees come daily to fulfill their wishes here.
The story about Shri Tirupati Bala Ji temple was built by the Tamil ruler Thondaman. Once Lord Vishnu came in the dream of the king and asked the king to build a temple. The Tirupati Bala Ji temple is also mentioned in the Puranas. It is also said that Lord Vishnu came here in the form of Venkateswara and did penance on the banks of the pool named Swami Pushkarini. How old is Tirupati Balaji temple? This is very difficult to say. In the 11th century, Saint Ramanuja meditated on Lord Shrinivas Ji on the hill of Tirupati. Pleased with the worship of Saint Ramanuja, Lord Venkateswara blessed him. After receiving the blessings, Saint Ramanuja started propagating Lord Venkateswara.
Devotees have great faith in the Tirupati temple. Devotees believe that the Lord himself gives Darshana here and fulfills the wishes of the devotees, So The highest number of devotees visit Tirupati temple every year and the Tirupati temple gets the highest donation amongst Indian’s Temple. People also call it the richest temple. There is also a belief in the temple that any devotee who wishes to donate his head hair here, whether he is a woman or man, child or girl.
Shri Tirupati Bala Ji Temple
Shri Tirupati Bala Ji temple is an example of exquisite work in the Dravidian style. Here Lord Vishnu (Guardian of the world) sits in the sanctum sanctorum as Lord Venkateshwara. The temple is built in a huge pyramid-like structure. In which many shapes are made of sculptures, which indicate the story of the different dynasties. The Tirumala temple was dominated by various dynasties. In the 9th century by The Pallava dynasty, In the 11th century by the Chola dynasty, from the 14th to 15th century by the Vijayanagar dynasty, and by the British state from the 18th century to the 19th century. In 1933 a board named Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam was formed. Who takes care of the temple and handle the things related to the temple. Even today TTD looks after the devotees after reaching The Tirumala.
Tirupati to Tirumala (Shri Tirupati Bala Ji Temple )
There are two routes from Tirupati to reach the temple, the first pedestrian route, and the second road. There are also two walking paths to reach Tirumala temple, one is Srivari Mettu footpath which is 2.1 km which has 2388 steps. This path is very tiring. The second route starts from Alipiri, it is a 9 km walk but it is a flat route. Devotees do not have to face many problems from this route. On this route, there is a halt Gali Gopuram from where the passengers make their registration.
Whether the pilgrims come by climbing or by road, all reach Tirumala. Here some devotees go to remove their hair in a hall called Kalyan Katta for Mundan and after removing hair, they drop in Hundi (Donation Box). Devotees believe after fulfillment of the wishes, they donate their hair. The temple committee does all types of arrangements for Mundan.
Devotees have to face long queues for Darshana. The number of devotees remains very high in the temple, due to which the devotees have to wait for a long time to see. Temple committee TTD has built many huge halls in the temple in which devotees sit and wait for their turn. In these buildings, TTD arranges food to Devotee.
There are also arrangements of Toilets and bathrooms in halls for devotees. After a long wait, when Devotees see the glimpse of Lord Venkateswara, all the sorrow and worries of the devotees go away. Only priests can enter in the Garbhagriha. The number of devotees is high, so devotees get very little time for Darshan.
Some miraculous things related to The Tirupati temple
- Lord Venkateswara’s hair is silky but it never gets tangled.
- There is always wetness in the back of the idol of Lord Venkateshwara. No matter how much you clean it from the clothes. And you can listen carefully to the sound of the sea.
- The lamp has been burning in the temple’s Garbhagriha for thousands of years, which never extinguishes.
- The priest performs a special sandalwood lap on every Thursday on the idol of Lord Venkateswara. When they remove sandalwood then the figure of Goddess Lakshmi emerges on the idol’s chest.
- Priests decorate the Lord Venkateswara idol with many precious jewels. From a particular village, milk, ghee, butter, and flowers took to offer to Lord Shri Venkateswara therefor entry of any outsider is prohibited in this village.
- The used objects of Lord Tirupati Bala Ji are flown into the back of the temple in the Pond. Which appeared several kilometers ahead at Verpedu.
Tirupati Laddu Prasadam
The Prasad (Laddu) of Tirupati temple is famous worldwide. Cooks make these from special ingredients in the kitchen near the temple. It is also under Tirumala Tirupati Devasthana (TTD). Cooks make these from pure desi ghee, sugar, gram flour, cardamom, and dry fruit. Lab tester checks these qualities. Then they give to the devotees. TTD makes Around 4 lakh laddus every day and increase no of Laddus on a particular occasion. All pilgrims have to take a token to take Laddu Prasad. A devotee can take a maximum of 4 laddus. The pilgrims ( Divya Dharshan) comes to climb gets one extra Laddu free of cost.
Way to visit Shri Tirupati Bala Ji temple
You can visit the Lord Tirupati temple in 3 ways.
1 Sarvadarshan: In which everyone can see.
2 Divya Darshan: The devotee who comes to visit the temple on feet from Srivari Mettu footpath or Alipiri.
3 special entry Darshan: Devotee has to pay 300 rupees for special entry Darshan. One Ladoo is free with a special entry Darshan card.
How to Reach Tirupati?
You have to reach Tirupati to go to Tirupati Temple ( Trimala). Tirumala is 22 k.m. far from Tirupati.
Nearest Airport is Tirupati 12 k.m. from city.
Chennai Airport is 97 K.M. from Tirupati.
Tirupati is the main Railway station. You can reach here from all the major cities by rail.
There is also available bus services to Tirupati from all major cities.
Tirupati to Tirumala by road.
APSRTC provides both free or paid services of buses from Tirupati to Tirumala. There are also available jeep services both individual and sharing basis.
F A Q
- Where is Tirupati Balaji Temple?
Tirupati Balaji Temple is on the Tirumala Mountains of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh.
- Which Lord is worshiped there?
People worship Lord Vishnu here as Lord Venkateshwara.
- How long it takes to Darshana in Tirupati Temple?
In normal days 6-8 hours to Sarva Darshana and 3-5 hour to Divya and Special Darshana.
- How to reach Tirupati to Tirumala?
There are two pedestrian and one motor route.
- How long are pedestrian route?
The first Srivari Mettu footpath is 2.1 km which has 2388 steps.
The second route starts from Alipiri, it is a 9 km walking route.
- How many Laddu a devotee can get there?
A normal Devotee can get maximum 4 Laddu there.