Tirupati Temple, or Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam or Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple, is one of the holiest places in the world. The temple is in the hill town of Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh state. It is one of the ancient temples in the world, which was said to have been built in 300 BC.
There are a lot of stories and legends regarding the temple; one of those legends is the deity of Lord Venkateswara, which is inside the temple and is believed to remain until the end of Kali Yuga [Present Age]. The Tirumala Temple has seven hills. These seven hills are considered the heads of Adisesha (a seven-headed snake god). All these seven hills are named after the heads of Adisesha. They are Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrishabhadri, Narayanadri, and Venkatadri. TTD Calendar.
1) The entrance of Tirumala Hills has an Arch that is considered unique worldwide. It is one of the most natural arches in the world and is called Silathoranam. The Arch resembles the hood of a snake. It is said that the height of the Arch is the same height of the Lord Venkateswara deity in Tirumala temple. According to the legends, Lord Vishnu has said to put his first foot at a place called Padalu, considered the highest point of Tirumala hills. The second step is said to put down at the location of the Arch, and the next step is to place where the deity of Lord Vishnu is now worshiped in the temple at Tirumala
2) The stick is on the right side of the temple’s main temples. It is said that Ananthaalvar used the stick to hit Lord Vishnu on his childhood day. When Ananthalwar hit Lord Vishnu, he got hurt on his chin, and blood dropped from it. Since then, the practice and tradition of applying Sandalwood paste to the chin of Lord Vishnu’s idolVishnu’srted
3) There is natural hair on Lord Venkateshwara’s idol; the hair never tangles and is always silky smooth.
4) A Chemical ‘PacChemical’ ram (Cinnamomum camphora) is applied on the idol of Lord Vishnu every day. If this chemical is applied to a stone, it will form cracks on it. But when this is applied to Lord Vishnu’s idolVishnu’ssingly, no cracks or damages are happening to the idol.
5) There is a secret village near the temple in Tirumala at a distance of approximately 23 kilometers, where no outsiders/other people are allowed except the village’s resvillage’she residents are said to be living with strict practices and traditions. All the flowers, milk, ghee, and butter offered to worship Lord Balaji come from this village.
6) It is said that after the pooja is over, the flower used for the pooka are thrown in the waterfall back of Lord Balaji, and the pujaris won’t look atwon’ty’s back Swamy’stire day. All the thrown flowers can be seen floating near verpedu (near kalahasti), which is nearly 20 km distance from Tirupati.
7) Lord VenkateshwaraVenkateshwara’s standing at the center of the Garba Gudi. But Lord Vishnu stands at the right corner of the Garba Gudi. This can be noticed from standing outside.
8) It is said there is always moisture on the back of Lord Balaji’s idolBalaji’ster cleaning it, the idol remains wet no matter how many times it may be cleaned, and the sound of the ocean can be heard when you keep your ear on the Swamy’s back
Swamy’soil lamps/Deepa/Diya lighted in front of the Lord Venkateswara idol have been light-lit for thousands of years. It is also said that the temple pujaris never put off the lights, and no one particularly knows when and who lit them.
10) It is said that the temple was closed entirely for twelve days. During the 1800s, those who ruled at that time were said to have punished twelve people by killing them and hanging them on the temple walls for doing the un-sacred thing at the temple.
11) The Tirupati temple is at the height of 3k feet, where the temperature is low, but it is said that Lord Vishnu IdolVishnu’smaintains a temperature of 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Even after bathing (Abhishekam) the idol with water, milk, oil, etc., the idol’s temperidol’sver dropped.