Every year 30 million visitors go to Venkateswara Temple to seek blessings from Lord Sri Venkateswara, an incarnation of Vishnu, who is believed to have appeared here to save mankind from trials and troubles of Kali Yuga. This is a landmark Vaishnavite temple situated in the hill town of Tirumala at Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India. Tirumala stands for the holy forest and has seven hills. This temple is built on the seventh hill. Also known as Tirumala or Tirupati Balaji Temple, it has been a source of peace, hope and reassurance for many who come from far and wide to seek solace. Here are a few reasons why it attracts pilgrims worldwide.
1. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Temple Trust is one of the richest in the world
2 Total weight of the gold ornaments and jewelry among other items made for the presiding deity amounts to a whopping 11 ton.
3. Over 10 million people offer their hair at the Tirupati Temple annually, generating income of over Rs 2 billion
4. The idol of the deity has a depiction of Goddess Lakshmi that is covered with sandalwood paste. When peeled out, it has imprints of the goddess on it which is then sold by temple authorities
5. In 2009, Tirupati Laddus gained a geographical indication tag which entitles only Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams to make or sell it.
6. As per the mythology, a loan of one crore and 11.4 million gold coins was sought by Balaji from Kubera to marry Padmavathi. To pay back the loan, devotees from all over India visit the temple and donate money. The temple receives as much as Rs 22.5 million a day as donation!
7. 433 festivals are observed through the year giving it the title of Nitya Kalyanam Paccha Toranam, meaning where every day is a festival.
8. More than 50,000 to 100,000 pilgrims have a Darshan of Lord Venkateswara, while on special occasions and festivals, like the annual Brahmotsavams, the number of pilgrims shoots up to 500,000, making it the most-visited holy place in the world.
“Every year 30 million visitors go to Venkateswara Temple to seek blessings from Lord Sri Venkateswara, an incarnation of Vishnu, who is believed to have appeared here to save mankind from trials and troubles of Kali Yuga.”
435 kilometers from Vijayawada
571.9 kilometers from Hyderabad
138 kilometers from Chennai
291 kilometers from Bengaluru
781.2 kilometers from Visakhapatnam