LORD TIRUPATI BALAJI !
Sadaa Sammohanaayaastu Venkateshaaya Mangalam ||
Home of The Richest God
There would be no Hindu in the entire world who will not be knowing about the sacred Lord Venkateshwara Temple in Tirupati. The temple is situated around 10 Km from Tirupati on Tirumala Hill in Chitoor District. Dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, one of the many avatars of Lord Vishnu, the temple attracts Hindu pilgrims from all over the world. It is said that the life of a Hindu is not fulfilled till he visits the temple at least once in his lifetime. The temple is considered as the most visited worship site in the world and the richest worship place in the world .
It is estimated that, on an average, 60000 pilgrims visit the temple daily and on any special day, the number crosses 200000 mark without any bar. The average earning of the temple was calculated to about Rs. 5.3 Billion annually. The main earning of the temple is from the offerings and gifts presented to them by devotees. Even from the time of rulers and kings, the temple has been showered with expensive ornaments, jewels. Kings of the past have not only made the temple rich, they have made it the window to the true culture of religious India. The rituals that were part of the temple centuries ago, still finds significance in today’s ceremonies. Festivals like Vaikuntha Ekadasi, Ram Navami and Janamashtami are celebrated with great enthusiasm, but the main festival is the nine day Brahmotsavam which comes in every September.
The town of Tirupati-Balaji is one of the most sacred places in India. It is famous for
Lord Venkateshwara Deity. The name Tirupati-Balaji means the ‘lord of Lakshmi’.
The shrine is located on a hill at Tirumala, a cluster of seven hills known as
Venkatachalam with an elevation of 853m above the sea level. It is said to be the richest temple in the world, this temple is a vibrant cultural and philanthropic institution with a grand history. The architecture of the temple is such that the Cupola over the sanctorum is covered entirely with gold plate and is known as “the Ananda Nilayam”. The shrine consists of three ‘Prakarams’or enclosures.
Tirupati town is 67-km from Chittoor, the southern portion of Andhra Pradesh. The most important place of interest at the place is the historic shrine of Sri Venkateswara, the Lord of Seven Hills, who is famous all over the country.
Everyday is a day of festivity at Tirumala. The most famous is the annual festival called ‘Brahmotsavam’, which is celebrated on grand scale for nine days in September, attracting pilgrims and tourists from all parts of the country. The fifth and ninth days of the festival are especially significant in as much as Garudostavam and Rathotavam takes place on those days.
Common people believed that something good will happen in their life if he visits
Tirupati Balaji temples. Many businessmen give a share of profit to this temple, on a regular basis. By the grace of Lord Balaji, the impossible things are made possible and the delighted people want to thank him in the form of putting some money in the
Hundi at the temple. The daily Hundi collections exceed Rupee one crore and some people put gold, silver coins and jewellery also in the Hundi. The people stand in long queues patiently, to have the darshan for few seconds. People believe that Lord
Venkateshwara will come to our rescue if we give him a call and relieve us from our
problems, whether we are a strong devotee or not. Many people give a vow to the Lord
Balaji that they will visit Tirupati temple and leave the ego by tonsure, which is giving away the prestigious hair. Some people engage in fasting and do prayers to Lord venkateshwara to win his grace.
Sri Venkatachala Mahatmya is referred to in several Puranas, of which the most important are the Varaha Purana and the Bhavishyottara Purana. The printed work contains extracts from the Varaha Purana, Padma Purana, Garuda Purana, Brahmanda
Purana, Markandeya Purana, Harivamsa, Vamana Purana, Brahma Purana,
Brahmottara Purana, Aditya Purana, Skanda Purana and Bhavishyottara Purana. Most of these extracts describe the sanctity and antiquity of the hills around Tirumala and the numerous teerthams situated on them.
The legends taken from the Venkatachala Mahatmya and the Varaha Purana, pertaining to the manifestation of the Lord at Tirumala, are of particular interest.
According to the Varaha Purana, Adi Varaha manifested Himself on the western bank of the Swami Pushkarini, while Vishnu in the form of Venkateswara came to reside on the southern bank of the Swami Pushkarini.
Lord Venkateswara is the Lord for this kali yug. He is famous with other names like lord balaji and govinda. Lord venkateswara is very kind to help any one who prays to Him for help. Tirupathi temple is the abode of lord venkateswara and this tirupati (tirumala) has highest earnings in the world and larger than vatican city. The miracles that lord balaji shows are innumerable. The sorroundings of tirupathi awoke the waves of bhakti on lord venkateswara swamy and the name govinda will be always sung on the tongues of the bhaktas of lord venkateswara. No other God to protect all the people other than lord venkateswara in this kali yuga, as said vina venkatesam na naatho na natha..
To know thyself properly , some of the common principles should be understood clearly. These common things will be complicated when analyze to understand. For example , great gurus, teachers say that you can not do business with God, or can not have a deal with God that you will offer some portion of your unexpected profits to him if He helps you. They strongly discourage this habit and they say it is foolishness to offer that way.
But if you see in daily life, the pilgrims and devotees to Tirupathi balaji (Lord venkateswara) are increasing day by day by hundreds and the offerings to Lord venkateswara is raising millions by millions. No other God or temple in the world is getting that much income as Lord Venkateswara do,for the past hundred years. The reason is this: Tirupathi (tirupati) balaji is very famous as aapada mokkula vadu, vaddi kasula vadu, which means that he is the lord who hears to help you in misfortunes, Lord Venkateswara is the lord who likes to take interest, money as a tribute for his help. Normal pundits, normal preachers can not explain how god takes money from devotees. But the cosmic creation is such a wonderful thing that there are many places which human pundits can not explain.
Lord venkateswara or lord balaji listens to bhaktas of three types.. aarthi, artharthi, jnani. He favours specially jignasu also.. when ever there is a danger or problem, people cry , plead for the help of venkateswara of tirupathi (govinda.. govinda). He listens to their call with lot of attention and helps them to come out of the danger easily. Thats why tirupathi balaji has thousands of bhakatas coming to him, by walk or by bus and paying their tribute or offering with lot of bhakti. If you want to know the bhakti you must see tirupathi.
Shree Venkatanivaasaaya Shreenivaasaaya Mangalam ||
residing on mount Venkatacala, the Lord consort of Laksmi,
who is mine of blessed and adorable qualities and a treasure trove to the poor and lowly.
Sarvaartishamanaayaastu Venkateshaaya Mangalam ||
Shulhabhaaya Shusheelaasya Venkateshaaya Mangalam ||