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Tirumala

  • Date Submitted: 02/26/2012 07:29 PM
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Venkateswara Temple is a Hindu Temple in the town of Tirumala.It is located in the Chitoor district of Andhra Pradesh. It consists of seven peaks which represent the seven heads of Adisesha, The king of Naga’s. This temple is called “The Temple Of Seven Hills”.
The temple is the second richest pilgrimage center, after the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram,Kerala. It has more than Rs 50,000 Crore. It is also the most-visited place of worship in the world. The temple is visited by 30 to 40 million people annually.
There are several legends associated with the god of Tirumala. According to one legend, the temple has a deity of lord Venkateswara, which shall remain here till the Kali Yuga.
In the Dvapra Yuga, the hill was known by the name of Sheshachala or Sheshadri. The place was known as Venkatachala for centuries; it is believed that this name was given by Lord Brahma.A Thondaiman ruler of ancient Tondai Nadu is believed to have first built the temple after visualizing Lord Vishnu in a dream. He built the Gopuram and the Prakhara, and arranged for regular prayers to be conducted in the temple.The names ascribed to the main deity are Balaji, Srinivasa, Venkateswara, and Venkatachalapathy. The goddess Sri or Lakshmi (Vishnu's consort) resides on the chest of Venkateswara; thus, he is also known by the epithet "Srinivasa" (the one in whom Sri resides). The goddesses Lakshmi and Padmavathi reside on either side of his chest. The deity is considered the Kali Yuga varada, that is, 'the boon-granting Lord of Kali yuga'. (Kali yuga is the fourth and final age of the Hindu Cycle of ages). The temple is held in particular reverence by the vaishnava sect of southern India, known as the Sri Vaishnava.
Laddu is the world famous Prasadam given at Tirumala Temple. Recently the Trust has taken copy right of Laddu prasaddam, hence, no one can prepare the same Laddu. Many other prasadams are also available including daddojanam (curd rice), pulihora (tamarind...

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