The Interesting facts about Tirumala Balaji temple:
The hair worn of Lord Balaji is silky, smooth, tangle-free, and it is absolutely real hair. The story behind it goes like this – Lord Balaji, during his regime on earth, lost some of his hair in an unexpected mishap at that time a Gandharva Princess named Neela Devi quickly took note of this incident of losing his hair and cut a portion of her glorious mane. She offered her chopped locks humbly to the lord balaji and requested him to plant them on his head. Pleased with her devotion, the lord accepted the offering and promised her that whoever visits his shrine and sacrifices his or her hair at his feet will be blessed. Ever since, it has been a custom among devotees to cut their hair or shave their head off in the temple before or after their desires are fulfilled.
The Lord Balaji’s idol appears to be standing in middle portion of the sanctum from outside whereas in real the idol is actually slightly towards the right-hand corner of the Garba Gudi.
The intresting fact about the lamp of the balaji temple is that no one knows when was the lamp lit before the Balaji idol but everybody believes that it has never extinguished & has been alive for 1000 years.
After the morning Abhishekam for the holy idol, it sweats and that sweat is wiped with a silk cloth.
This balaji temple holds the record of being the richest temple as well as the most visited temple of India. The shrine receives offerings from lakhs of devotees in cash, jewellery, gold, silver, property deeds, and Demat share transfers and the per day offering is around or more than 22.5 million.
People believe that the main idol of lord Balaji is alive because when you place your ear on the back of the main idol, you can hear the sound of a roaring ocean.
All the garlands, milk, butter, holy leaves (tulsi leaves), flowers and everything which is offered to Balaji, comes from a secret village. This village is located around 20 kms away from the tirumala and the main thing is nobody is allowed to enter or visit this village except the residents.
Goddess Lakshmi devi still lives in the heart of Lord Balaji. Literally! According to the priests in tirumala Balaji, during NijaRoopa Darshanam on every Thursday, the main idol of Balaji is decorated with white wood paste. After the wood paste is taken off from the idol the imprint of the Goddess Lakshmi is left.
In 19th century the King of the region imposed death sentence on 12 people for committing a heinous crime. The 12 people were hung by their necks until death on the walls of the temple of Balaji. At that time the deity himself appeared.
The surroundings of the tirumala temple appears normal but when you explore it, the place becomes fascinating.The Garuda Hill in Tirumala is quite interesting sight to see. This Garuda hill got its name because of the shape of a Garuda. Interesting thing about Garuda is he is vehicle of Lord Balaji.
Another similar fact about the hills is, one of the hills have a face of Swamy venkateshwara. It appears as if he is sleeping and you can actually see the face of lord .
The entrance of the Tirumala hills has a rock formation, this rock appears to be like a serpent hood. The distance of this formation is same as the height of the main holy idol.
At the main gate of the temple i.e., at the Mahadwaram we could find a stick. According to the beliefs, the stick that is placed at the Mahadwaram was used by Ananthalwar to beat Swami when they were children. One day Lord venkateshwara got hit on his chin which oozed blood, from that time the ritual of applying Chandan on Lord balaji’s chin came into existence.
We all know the fact that when raw camphor or green camphor (i.e., Pachai Karpooram), a derivative of Cinnamomum camphora tree, is applied on any stone will leads to cracks and fissures on the object but the idol of Shri Tirumala Balaji is resistant to the volatile chemical reactions of camphor and bears no marks on it.
The structure of the tirumala temple was constructed around 300 AD. This temple is constructed in Dravidian Style which includes the use of sandstones, granites & soapstones.
The silk dress that decorated to the idol of Lord balaji is 21 arms long and it weighs around 6 kilos. The upper body portion of the idol is covered with saree and the lower bodyportion is covered with a dhoti. Also the dress of the Lord Balaji idol is never bought from a shop rather the devotees who wish to contribute towards submit a sum of amount to the temple’s fund.
The tirumala temple has various stone engravings from the different ruling administrations of the history. There are about 1180 engravings out of which 139 belong to the ruling period of Kondoi Veedu, 229 belong to the great King KrishnaDevaRaya period, 147 belong to Sadasiva Raya period, 251 belong to Achchuthan Raya period, 169 belong to Chalukya King period & 236 belongs to the Chola period.
The Tirupati Balaji Temple also holds a special significance amongst Hindus. According to the religion, Hinduism says that there are a total of 8 Vishnu Swayambhu Kshetras (Srirangam, Venkatadri (tirupathi), Srimushnam, Nanguneri, Muktinath, Pushkar, Badrinath & Nimsar) and Tirupati is one of them. Also, this tirumala temple is mentioned by the Tamil Azhwar saints to be one amongst 106 Lord Vishnu temples, to be present in the earthly realms.
As per the Vaikhanasa traditions, the deity of Lord Balaji is worshipped 6 times a day. Ushakala, Prathakala, Madhyanika, Aparahaa, Sandhyakala & Ardharatri Aradhana are the six aradhanas done for the deity of Lord balaji.
The temple priests do not throw the flowers that offered to Lord Balaji idol during morning worship out of the Garbha Gudi. So, they are thrown into the waterfalls which flow behind the rear side of the balaji’s main idol. The priests, however, refrain from looking at the back side of the balaji deity for the rest of the day. Surprisingly, the discarded flowers can be seen at a place known as Yerpedu that lies 21 km away from the Tirupati.