Tirumala Venkateswara - India Richest Temple
The Tirupati temple, in Andhra Pradesh, is known to fulfill wishes of all those who visit the temple and pray the Lord with a clear conscience.
According to myths, Lord Balaji who used to reside in the Tirupati temple had to pay massive loan to Kuber, the God’s treasurer,which he took to pay his wedding expenses.
The myth suggests that Lord balaji is still paying his debt and hence devotees give huge donations in cash or kind to the temple. The magnificent temple in India is also visited on a regular basis by some celebrities including Anil Ambani and Amitabh Bachhan.
The Tirupati temple with its Gorupam or the tower showcases a superior example of the Dravidian architecture. Existed since the ancient times different dynasties from the Pallavas of Kachipuram to the Cholas of the Tanjore and the Pandyas of Madurai endowed the shrine with their offerings. Even the Vijayanagara chiefs were among its great devotees. Several delicately-carved mandapams and doorways are there within the Sri Venkateswara Temple.
The Idol of Lord Venkateswara or Srinivasa also known as Balaji has the attributes of both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva that depicts the preserving and the destroying aspects of the Hindu Trinity. The Sastras, Puranas and Sthala Mahatyams as well, as the Alwar hymns all state that, in the Kali Yuga, peoples can attain mukti through the devoted worship of Venkata Nayaka or Sri Venkateswara.
The Daily Chores in the Temple
The early morning prayers starts at 3 am with the Suprabhatam or the awakening of the Lord and ends with the Ekanta Seva by laying the deity to rest at one in the midnight. There are daily, weekly and periodic Utsavams performed in the name of the lord. Gifts and donations are offered in the Hundi, which is the main source of income of the temple.
Festivals at Tirupati
The annual festival, Brahmotsavam is celebrated with great pomp and festivity for nine days in the months of September. The festival attracts pilgrims from all parts of India and abroad. The fifth and the ninth day holds the Garudostavam and the Rathotavam festivals respectively.
How to Reach
Air: The nearest airport is at Renigunta 15 km from the temple. Tirupati is connected by air with Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore.
By Rail: Tirupati temple is well connected by roads and proper transport services to the nearest railway station situated at Tirupati. It is connected with Hubbi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolhapur etc.
By Road: Tirupati temple can be reached from Tirupati by bus services. It is linked with important cities like Hyderabad, Banglore,Chennai,, Vijayawada,and Lepakshi through good roadways.