Interesting Facts About Tirupati Balaji

Sri Venkateswara Swami Vaari Temple houses the deity Venkateswara, an avatar of Vishnu. Devotees believe that Venkateswara appeared on earth to save humankind from the trials of Kali Yuga. Venkateswara is known by other names such as Srinivasa, Balaji and Govinda. There are several legends associated with the God appearing in Tirumala. Sure, some myths need not be true, but these fascinating facts about Tirupati Balaji Temple mentioned below will make you question everything you know.

Entrance of Tirumala Venkateswara temple with people walking in front of it

The Hair is Real 

The hair of the idol is as genuine as it can get, as it is soft, smooth and tangle-free too! The hair is believed to be Lord Balaji lost his hair during a mishap while he was on earth. Neela Devi, a Gandharva princess cut a portion of her silky locks, handed it to the Lord and requested him to plant it on his head. Balaji accepted the offering and announced that anyone who visits his shrine and lends their hair as an offering, will be blessed. Thus, began the tradition of devotees shaving their heads at the temple and giving the chopped mane as offerings.

The Illusion of the Idol at the Centre

If you look at the idol from the outside of the temple, it appears to be standing in the middle of the sanctum sanctorum. In reality, it is placed on the right side of the Garba Gudi. This is a simple yet important detail that adds to the beauty of the idol. The unique positioning of the idol amazes devotees and visitors alike.

The Lamp That has Been Lit Since Forever

There are lit earthen lamps placed before the idol in the sanctum sanctorum. Their flames never blow out and have been flickering forever. Perhaps this is the best metaphor for an ardent believer’s faith in their God - The flame that never dies.

Real Sweat

The pilgrims who climb up the Tirumala probably perspire a lot from exhaustion. Guess who else sweats? Lord Venkateswara himself! The back of the idol is often covered with tiny water droplets, and no one knows why. The “sweat” is wiped away with a silk cloth. This is one of the Tirupati Balaji miracles that has gained nationwide fame.

Rich in Faith, Rich in Riches

One of the astounding facts about Tirupati Temple is that it is the richest temple in India! The devotees generously offer vast amounts of cash, jewellery, property deeds, gold and even Demat shared transfers! The temple receives around 22 million INR per day as offerings.

An Extremely Strong Idol

Green camphor, a substance known to break and create fissures on rocks, does not affect the idol of Lord Venkateswara. The idol is smeared with green camphor most of the time, and each time it gets wiped clean without leaving a trace. At this point, it’s not just a metaphor - Lord Venkateswara is physically strong!

The Idol Carries the Roar of the Waves

Yet another fact that sounds like it came out of a fantasy movie, the body of the idol carries the noise of sea waves! When you place your ear on the back of the idol, you can hear the waves in motion. This is one of the facts about Tirupati Balaji where you need to get close to the idol and experience it yourself to understand how surreal it is.

These facts just prove that Tirupati Balaji Temple, also known as Sri Venkateswara Swami Vaari Temple is an exciting destination for believers and non-believers.

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