Venkateswara Temple is the famous landmark of the Vaishnavite temple situated in the hill town of the Tirumala at the Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India. The Temple is dedicated to the Lord Sri Venkateswara, this is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who is believed to have appeared here to save mankind from the various trials and troubles of Kali Yuga.
Hence the place has also got a name as Kaliyuga – Vaikuntham and Lord here are referred to as the Kaliyuga Prathyaksha Daivam. The temple is also known by the other names like Tirumala Temple, Tirupati Temple, and Tirupati Balaji Temple. Lord Venkateswara is known as many other names such as Balaji, Govinda, and Srinivasa.
It is the very richest temple in a world in terms of donations received and wealth. The temple is visited by about to 50,000 to 100,000 pilgrims daily (30 to 40 million people annually on average), while on special occasions and festivals, like the annual Brahmotsavam, the number of pilgrims shoots up to the 500,000, it making the most-visited holy place in the world.
This Temple is bearing on its walls several inscriptions which are of historical, cultural and linguistic importance. The number of inscriptions on the Hill Temple and in the temples of Lower Tirupati and Tiruchanur exceed one thousand. There is evidence to suggest that many early inscriptions on the walls of the temples have disappeared beyond recovery.
As many as the 640 inscriptions are found engraved on the walls of the temple. They are published by a Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams along with the inscriptions found in other related temples in and around Tirupati. All the various inscriptions are in Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada.
There are a total three Dwarams (entrances) which lead to the Garbhagriha from outside. The Mahadwaram also is known as padikavali is the first entrance which is provided through Mahaprakaram (which is the outer compound wall). The 50 feet, five-storied Gopuram (Temple Tower) is constructed over this Mahadwaram with seven Kalasams at its apex. Vendivakili (Silver Entrance) also known as Nadimipadikavali is the second entrance and is provided through Sampangi-Prakaram (Inner compound wall).
The three-storied Gopuram is constructed over Vendivakili with seven Kalasams at its apex. Bangaruvakili (Golden Entrance) is the third entrance which will lead to Garbhagriha. There are the two tall copper images of the Dvarapalakas Jaya-Vijaya on either side of this door. There is the thick wooden door is covered with gold gilt plates depicting the Dasavathaaram of Vishnu.
The temple is considered one of the eight Swayambhu Kshetras of Vishnu where the presiding deity is believed to have manifested on its own. There are different Seven other temples in the line are Srirangam Ranganathaswamy temple, Bhu Varaha Swamy temple, and Vanamamalai Perumal Temple in South India.
Booking Tirupati darshan online
Connecting with the Lord has been made a whole lot easier with the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) making tickets for the coveted darshan available online. This special Tirupati darshan online tickets, which cost INR 300, aimed at reducing the waiting time which is by far the biggest hurdle that a devotee faces here. TTD online darshan booking can be made a minimum of 1 day in advance and a maximum of 14 days. All information about online booking Click Here.
Best time to visit Tirupati
Approximately 50,000 devotees visit the Tirupati Temple every day. Since you can’t escape the crowds, it would be a good idea to plan your visit in good weather. It all depends on your religious fervour though – Tirupati is best visited during the cool and comfortable months between November and March. Summer months are unbearably hot with temperatures pushing 45 degrees.
Is Special darshan for the physically challenged or senior citizens Available?
Yes, The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams or TTD has very thoughtfully arranged for a Tirupati special darshan option for physically challenged devotees as well as for senior citizens who want to pay obeisance. This facility offers entry into the temple from a separate gate from Dakshina Mada Gate. There are two-time slots for special darshan; 10 AM and 3 PM. Devotees who wish to avail of this option must carry the required paperwork – relevant medical certificates or age proof – and report at the entrance 2 hours before the given time slot. Wheelchairs are not allowed but the TTD has arranged for battery operated cars to ferry devotees free of cost.
Tirupati Balaji temple (Tirumala) Darshan Timings:
|7:30 AM To 7:00 PM|
The Temple is open on all days
Official Website of Tirumala Temple: www.tirumala.org