Lord Venkateshwara Tirumala Tirupati !!!
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The holy hill of Tirumala is one of the most visited pilgrimage centres in India – and indeed the world: it’s said that Venkateshwara Temple eclipses Jerusalem, Rome and Mecca for sheer numbers of pilgrims.
There are never fewer than 5000 pilgrims here at any one time – the daily average is 40,000 and the total often reaches 100,000 – and darshan (deity viewing) runs around the clock. Temple staff alone number 12,000, and the efficient Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams (TTD; www.tirumala.org) administers the crowds. It also runs choultries (guesthouses) for pilgrims in Tirumala and Tirupathi, the service town at the bottom of the hill.
The private hotels and lodges are in Tirupathi, so a fleet of buses constantly ferries pilgrims the 18km up and down the hill. Tirumala is an engrossing place, but receives few non-Hindu visitors. The crowds can be overwhelming, but Tirumala somehow has a sense of serenity and ease about it and is worth a visit, even if you’re not a pilgrim.
Probably it is The(or one of the) richest spiritual centre of the World. Every year millions of piligrims take the god blessings. Many of them visit the temple again and again.In some states of India like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu,Karnataka etc. , many people visit the temple atleast once a year.Daily many pilgrims drop in money,gold,silver in the Hundi. Pilgrims believe that the diety here is very powerful and all boons asked from him will be fulfilled. Another tradition here is most of the pilgrims donate their hair ( even ladies get tonsured ). Pilgrims get tonsured on getting their boons fufilled.
To know the real power and grace of the god, one has to visit Tirupati atleast once in life. In sanskrit it is populary said----
Venkatadri samam sthanam brahmande nasti kinchana, Venkatesa samo devo na bhuto na bhavishyati
Meaning There is Nothing Like Venkatadri (Tirumala Peak- The temple) in the whole Universe and There is no God like Lord Venkateshwara either in the past ot the present or the future....
Piligrims throng in long queues for a glimpse of the almighty. The chanting mantrams of 'Govindaa -- Govinda' just set the real stage for getting lost in the spiritual aura.
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