By HANU_BHAKT | Published: OCTOBER 7, 2011
Lord Balaji temple is a world famous temple situated at Chittoor, which is a district of Andhra Pradesh. This temple has a truly amazing architecture of Dravidian style with many idols of legends and the idol of Lord Balaji is quite breathtaking.
Lord Balaji Temple at Chittoor:
It is the most visited pilgrim in the world and is also considered to be the richest temple. If you come to Tirupati you will find this temple located on the Venkat Hill. Millions of followers visit this famous Lord Balaji temple to worship Lord Venkateshwara. The management of this temple is looked upon by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam.
You will find long and unending queue of devotees in this temple which is a unique characteristic of this temple. Many newly wed couples visit this divine Lord Balaji temple because it is believed that Lord Venkateswara and Padmavathy got married at this place. Once you are able to approach the sanctum, you will witness the image of lord with a striking white mark on his forehead, decorated with gold ornaments and silk garment.
Lord Balaji is known as the preserver of the universe. He is a form of Lord Vishnu and is popularly known as Venkateswara in south India. In ancient Puranas, Shastras, Mahatyams and Sthala, this temple holds a high and prestigious position. It is mentioned that those who will worship Lord Balaji in Kalyug will get salvation. This Sacred Tirupati Balaji temple was visited by the legends like Ramanuja Acharya.
This temple gives a message of love and equality and it still follows the same ceremonies and rituals which were instructed by Ramanuja Acharya in 12th century. There used to be competition between the great kings such as the Pallavas, Pandyas and Vijayanagar to offer donations and to visit the holy pilgrimage. In every September, Brahmotasavam festival is celebrated. It is basically a nine day festival which attracts many followers from different parts of the world. This sacred Balaji temple attracts millions of worshippers every year.