Tirupati Balaji Sri Venkateshwara Temple, Andhra Pradesh India
Tirumala Tirupati Temple is a famous hindu temple of Lord Venkateswara and is accredited for being the most visited temple of India and second most visited shrine in the world after Vetican. Considered as the most sacred and the richest temple in the world. The presiding deity of the temple, Lord Venkateswara, is also known by other names - Balaji or Srinivasa or Perumal. Every day around 1 lakh people visit this place. It has great reputation for famous temples.
Where is Tirupati?
The temple town of Tirupati is situated at the foot of Tirumala hills in the Chandragiri Taluka and 67-km away from the Chittor district in southern Andhra Pradesh. The sacred spot on the Venkatadri hill having an height of 853m (2,800ft) above the sea level, one of the seven hills of Tirumala, and hence is also known as the Temple of Seven Hills.
History of Tirupati Balaji Temple
In (14th - 15th century AD), 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. After the decline of the Vijayanagar dynasty, nobles and chieftains from all parts of the country continued to pay their homage and offer gifts to the temple. The Maratha general, Raghoji Bhonsle, visited the temple and set up a permanent endowment for the conduct of worship and presented valuable jewels to the Lord, including a large emerald which is still preserved in a box named after the General.
In 1843 AD, the East India Company divested itself of the direct management of non-Christian places of worship and native religious institutions. The administration of the shrine of Sri Venkateswara and a number of estates were then entrusted to Sri Seva Dossji of the Hatiramji Mutt at Tirumala, and the temple remained under the administration of the Mahants for nearly a century, till 1933 AD.
In 1933, the Madras Legislature passed a special act, which empowered the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams(TTD) Committee to control and administer a fixed group of temples in the Tirumala-Tirupati area, through a Commissioner appointed by the Government of Madras. In 1951, the Act of 1933 was replaced by an enactment whereby the administration of TTD was entrusted to a Board of Trustees, and an Executive Officer was appointed by the Government . The provisions of the Act of 1951 were retained by Charitable and Religious Endowments Act, 1966.
A Day at Tirupati Tirumala Temple
A day at Tirupati balaji temple begins with "Suprabhatam" (awakening the Lord) as early in the morning. The day ends with the "Ekanta Seva" (putting the Lord to sleep) at around 1 O'clock in the night. Prayers are offered daily, weekly and periodically in the form of 'Sevas' and 'Utsavams' to the Lord. Devotees who want to pay homage to the Lord can do it by giving a small amount in return of the Sevas or Utsavams done on their name.
Festivals at Tirupati Temple
Tirupati Tirumala Shri Venkateshwara Temple celebrates many famous festivals but the annual festival of "Brahmotsavam" is particularly very important. This festival is celebrated extravagantly for nine days in the month of September every year. The "Garudostavam" and Rathotavam" rituals take place on the fifth and sixth day of the festival. Thus, attracting flocks of tourists and devotees to the temple.
Best Time to Visit Tirupathi
There is no good or bad time to pay your respects to the Gods. Temple is open all through the year, but the best season to travel and visit Tirupati temple is September to March.
As more than fifty thousand pilgrims visit the Sri Venkateswara Temple every day, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has organised efficient systems to ensure the smooth movement of pilgrims. Following is the daily routine of Tirumala Temple schedule...
Sarva Darshan (Open to all)
Sarvadarsanam means "Darshan for all". The timings for Sarvadarsanam are different on different days of the week. On normal days, about 18 hours are allotted for Sarvadarsanam and on peak days, it is open for 20 hours.
|Monday||6 am - 11 am||12 pm - 7 pm||8 pm - 10 pm|
|Tuesday||6 am - 11 am||12 pm - 7 pm||8 pm - 10 pm|
|Wednesday||6 am - 11 am||12 pm - 7 pm||8 pm - 10 pm|
|Thursday||8 am - 11 am||12 pm - 7 pm||8 pm - 10 pm|
|Friday||9 am - 11 am||12 pm - 7 pm||9.30 pm - 10 pm|
|Saturday||6 am - 11 am||12 pm - 7 pm||8 pm - 10 pm|
|Sunday||6 am - 11 am||12 pm - 7 pm||8 pm - 10 pm|
Seeghra Darshan (Special Entry)
The Seeghra Darshanm facility is introduced to provide quick Darshan for the Pilgrims. The cost of the Ticket is Rs.300/- per pilgrim. The tickets will be issued at VQC-I in a separate queue line with 4 counters.
|Monday||7.00 am - 5.00 pm|
|Tuesday||8.00 am - 2.00 pm|
|Wednesday||9.00 am - 2.00 pm|
|Thursday||9.00 am - 5.00 pm|
|Friday||9.30 am - 9.00 pm|
|Saturday||7.00 am - 9.00 pm|
|Sunday||7.00 am - 9.00 pm|
Tirupati Temple Photos
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