Tirupati Balaji Temple- A Divine Place to Worship

We woke up at 5AM, freshened up and were on our way to Tirupati Balaji Temple. We could walk to the temple since it was very close to the hotel in which we stayed. However, we booked a cab since we had to visit several other places after our visit to the temple.

It was close to 6.00 in the morning when we reached the temple. There were not many devotees at this time of the day and since it was not the peak season for the temple visit, there was only a small queue in front of us.

Tirupati Balaji Temple

Tirupati Balaji Temple | Image Resource: contactnumbers.in

We knew that the first puja ritual started at 6 AM each day. We could hear the chanting of mantra and when we reached the inside sanctum, we could see the lord adorned in fresh silk clothes and jewellery. Several flowers and Tulasi leaves lay the feet of the lord and as were later came to know, the priest chants 108 names of the lord during the worship ritual every morning!

After the early morning ritual, the devotees can perform special pujas or “Archanas”. There are different timings for each type of Archana. Balabhogam, Rajabhogam and Sandhya Bhog are the names of these special pujas and the timings for these are 7.30 am, 12 pm and 6 pm respectively.

After the early morning ritual, the devotees can perform special pujas or “Archanas”. There are different timings for each type of Archana. Balabhogam, Rajabhogam and Sandhya Bhog are the names of these special pujas and the timings for these are 7.30 am, 12 pm and 6 pm respectively.

We finished our prayers and we were out of the main temple by 7.15 am. We walked around the temple premises to look at the construction of the temple and its architecture. The Tirupati Balaji Temple was in gray stone and the carvings on the gopurams were very intricate. The “gopurams” seemed to rise up to a great height. There were some other smaller enclosures with the idols of “Devis” and other gods. After we finished offering our prayers here, we came out to the service area.

The main act of devotion here is the offering of the tresses/hair on one’s head. As such, we could see many people with tonsured head and application of “chandan” on their heads. We headed to the “prasadam” counter for the famous Tirupati Laddu. We bought some for ourselves and some for our friendly neighbours back home. With the chanting and the slokas still ringing in our heads, we were out of the temple and went to have breakfast.

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