Tirumala Venkateswara Swamy Temple

History

Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is built on the Venkatadri hill, one of the seven hills of Tirumala, and hence is also known as the Temple of Seven Hills. It is a famous Hindu Temple of Lord Venkateswara located in the hill town Tirumala of Andhra Pradesh in Chittoor district. Lord Venkateswara is also known by names Balaji or Srinivasa. The temple is the richest and the most visited place of worship in the world. It is said that this temple has a self-manifested idol of Lord Vishnu, who resided here for the entire Kali Yuga. The seven peaks of tirumala are called Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrushabadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri. The sacred temple of Sri Venkateswara is located on the seventh peak, Venkatadri. According to history, several rishis performed a holy sacrifice but could not decide whom to dedicate the fruit of their yoga. Bhrigu one of the rishis took the task to himself and went to test Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. When he attended satyalokam Lord Brahma was found busy chanting the Vedas with one face, uttering the name of Narayana with another and looking at Goddess Saraswati with the third. As Brahma did not took the notice of his arrival, lack of courtesy bhrigu left Satyalokam in a huff. After that when he went to Kailasam he found Lord Siva absorbed in sporting with his consort Parvathi Devi taking no notice of his visit. so he left kailasam. Finally, Bhrigu went to Vaikuntam, the abode of Lord Vishnu and found Vishnu and Sri Maha Lakshmi reclining on Adisesha unmindful of his arrival. Disgusted over this, Bhrigu, known for his intemperate nature, kicked Lord Vishnu on the chest, where Sri Maha Lakshmi was reclining. Vishnu immediately got up, massaged rishi's foot and enquired if his foot was injured when he kicked on his hard chest. Taken aback over Vishnu’s attention and cool composure, Bhrigu returned to the rishis and advised them to dedicate the fruit of their sacrifice to Vishnu, as he deserved it best, among the divine Trinity.
But, Sri Maha Lakshmi was furious over Bhrigu for kicking the holy spot and her favourite abode the bosom of the Lord. She left Vishnu and stayed at Karavirapura to commence a deep penance. Unable to bear Sri Maha Lakshmi’s departure, Vishnu left Vaikuntam in search of her and wandered across the forests and hills. Over not finding his consert Vishnu took an ant-hill on Venkatadri under a tamarind tree as his dwelling place. Lord Vishnu reincarnated as Srinivasa as the son of an Vakula Devi who was Yasoda in her previous birth. In mean time Princess Padmavati grew up into an beautiful maiden. Once when lord srinivasa hunting an wild elephant in the forest it led him into a garden of Princess Padmavati. The sight of the elephant frightened the Princess. When Lord Srinivasa appeared in front of the Elephant, it immediately saluted the Lord and disappeared into the forest. Lord Srinivasa noticed princess Padmavathi and enquired about her from her maids. Lord srinivasa told Vakula Devi about his love for Padmavathi. Vakula devi approached Akasa Raja with the marriage proposal for Lord Srinivasa and Padmavathi. In order to have a divine wedding Lord srinivasa took a huge loan from Kubera, the god of wealth. In about six months after this divine marriage, Goddess Maha Lakshmi who left the lord came to know that her husband married again and came to see him in disbelief. When both of them encountered him about the marriage the lord turned himself into an granite statue. Goddesses Lakshmi and Padmavathi also turn themselves into stone idols expressing their wish to be with their Lord eternally. Goddess Lakshmi stayed with him on the left side of his chest while Goddess Padmavati rested on the right side of his chest.
When Lord Balaji was hit by a shepard on his head, a small portion of his scalp becomes bald. when it is noticed by a Gandharva princess Neela Devi she feels "such an attractive face should not have a flaw". Immediately cuts a portion of her hair and implants it on his scalp. Then Lord Balaji notices her sacrifice as hair is the beautiful aspect of Female, he promises her that all his devotees who come to his abode should render their hair to him and she would be the recipient of all that hair received. Hence it is believed that hair offered by the devotees is collected by Neela devi.
Sri Varahaswami temple is located in the North West corner of the temple, as he offered the land lord balaji mad a deal that the first offering of his devotees go to him. The "Vimanam" Roof with Shining Golden Exterior of the Inner Temple that houses The Main Presiding Deity is named "Vimanam" in any Hindu temple. In the Tirumala temple, it holds a very special place as the "Ananda Nilayam" with its imposing view, magnificence, and readily recognizable identity to any devotee familiar with the temple and its fame. Annamacharya or Annamayya is a legendary devotee of Lord Venkateswara and composed songs almost exclusively about Lord Balaji. The town celebrates most Vaishnava festivals including Vaikunta Ekadasi, Rama Navami and Janmashtami with great splendor, while the Brahmotsavam celebrated every year during September is the most important festivals in Tirumala, when it receives millions of devotees over a short span of a week.

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S Mada St, Tirumala, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh 517504
0877 227 7777

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