OM NAMO NARAYANAAYA
Tirupati Balaji is viewed as one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites because of Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, and is alluded as the “Spiritual Capital of Andhra Pradesh”. The most beguiling thing about Tirupati Balaji is the seven slants structure and top seventh slant is ruled by the Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy and rest six inclines are – Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrishabhadri, Narayanadri, and Venkatadri. The temple is otherwise called “The Temple of Seven Hills”. Lord Sri Venkateswara, known as Balaji and Govinda, is the directing divinity of this sacred Tirumala Temple.
Culture of Tirupati Balaji – Festivals
It takes days and weeks to do the darshan of Sri Venkateswara Swamy and particularly on the events of celebrations. All the major Hindu festivals: Sankranti, Ugadi, Krishna Janmashtami, Maha Shivaratri, Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, Rama Navami and Kartik Poornima have celebrated alarmingly at Tirupati Balaji. Believed by all, Srivari Brahmotsavam is a nine-day occasion, celebrated amid the months of September–October, the sanctuary of Tirumala witness lakhs of devotees. During this celebration, the processional god Malayappa of Venkateswara Temple, alongside his consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi, is taken in a parade in four made boulevards around the sanctuary on various Vahanams. Rathasapthami is another celebration, celebrated amid February, when Lord Venkateswara’s processional god, (Malayappa) is taken in a parade around the sanctuary on seven distinctive vahanas from early morning to late night. The most anticipated celebration is commended with incredible energy for Sri Krishna Janmastami otherwise called Gokulashtami is commended with awesome enthusiasm at Tirupati.
Workship & Pooja Culture at Tirupati Balaji
To worship lord Swamy, noisy chimes, enormous aartis, prasadam and devotion is augmented. At present, just three pujas are performed in Tirumala Temple day by day which incorporates UshaKala puja, Madhyahna puja, Nisi puja. All the Aradhana is finished by hereditary Vaikhanasa priests, who have played out the services for eras. Only priests from Gollapalli, Peddintti, Paidipalli, and Tirupathammagari family have the privilege to offer administrations to the Lord inside sanctum sanctorum.
Authentic Rituals and Practices of Tirupati Balaji
Famous Practice of Hair Tonsuring & Deep Story Behind It
Numerous lovers have their head tonsured as “Mokku“, an offering to God. The everyday measure of hair gathered is over a ton. The hair along these lines assembled is sold by the temple organisation. At the point when Lord Balaji was hit on his head by a shepherd, a little divide of his scalp got to be bare. This was seen by Neela Devi, a Gandharva princess. She felt “such an alluring face ought not to have a defect“. Instantly, she trims a part of her hair and, with her enchanted force, embedded it on his scalp. Ruler Balaji saw her penance. As hair is a lovely resource of the female structure, he guaranteed her that every one of his lovers who go to his habitation offers their hair to him, and she would be the beneficiary of all the hair got. Consequently, it is trusted that hair offered by the aficionados is acknowledged by Neela Devi. The hill, Neeladri, one of the seven hills, is named after her.
The world renowned “Tirupati Laddu” is given at Tirumala Temple as prasadam. Delicious prasadams like daddojanam (curd rice), puliohora (tamarind rice), vada and chakkera-pongali (sweet pongal), miryala-pongali, Appam, Paayasam, Jilebi, Muruku, Dosa, seera (kesari) made as the “Bhog” of the Tirupati Balaji.
A standout amongst the most vital offerings in this sanctuary is the “Thulabharam”. In the Thulabaram custom, a devotee sits on a dish of a measuring parity and the other skillet is loaded with materials greater than the weight of the devotee. Enthusiasts normally offer sugar, jaggery, tulsi leaves, banana, gold, coins. This is generally performed with newborn babies or children.
Arts, Crafts and Architecture
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams built up Sri Venkateswara Museum, one at Tirumala and the other at Tirupati. It has a wonderful collection of Tirupati temple architecture and historical artifacts, for example, old weaponry, pooja things and idols. It has a thorough photograph exhibition that gives a novel understanding into the Tirupati locale’s way of culture and traditions. It displays rich gathering of stone and metal figures of Hindu divine beings and other social remnants recovered from other recorded spots like Gudimallam, Gandikota and Yaganti. It additionally incorporates exhibitions for medieval weaponry swords and blades, coins and paper archives.
Mind Blowing Secrets and Mysteries Behind Tirupati Balaji
- A stick was used by Ananthaalvar to hit Shri Venkateshwara Swamy is present at the entrance of the main door (Mahadwaram of the temple). Venkateshwara Swamy was hit on the chin in his childhood that oozed blood. Applying sandalwood on the chin becomes the practice and ritual since then.
- It is said that Lord Venkateshwara Swamy has real hair that always remains silky, smooth and tangled.
- No matter how many times the back of the Lord Venkateshwara Swamy is wiped and dried; it always remains moist and wet.
- Carefully keep your ear near the Lord Venkateshwara Swamy, you will hear the voice of ocean water flow from his behind.
- After the Abhishekam of Venkateshwara Swamy with milk, curd and water, soon after bathing sweat appear on the body of the lord that is wiped off with a silk cloth.
- Lord Balaji is always at 110 degrees Fahrenheit, despite the fact that temple is at the height of 3000 feet, where the climate is normally cold.
- Earthen lamps lighted in front of Lord Swamy are said to be lit thousand years ago and no one exactly knows that when they were lit and never ever put off!
– Divyangee Srivastava