Lord of the Seven Hills: Venkateshwara or Balaji

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Balaji or Lord Venkateshwara is considered to be the personification of Lord Vishnu. Located in the hill town of Tirumala near the town of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, is one of the most popular temples of India. Tirupati Balaji Temple has its origin in Vaishnavism, advocating the principles of equality, love and prohibits animal sacrifice. The idol of the Lord of the Seven Hills situated in the Sanctum Sanctorum is extremely inspiring and mesmerizing. Lord Vishnu is believed to be appearing in this Kali Yuga for destroying the sins of the people, especially of those who have fallen deep into this materialistic world.

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In the epitome of Lord Vishnu, Venkateshwara is worshiped at the Tirupati Balaji Temple, proved to be the richest of all the Hindu shrines constructed in the world. To reach till the main Sanctorum, a person needs to cover 3600 steps, distributed not uniformly. One of the reasons for its popularity is Tirupati Balaji Prasad.

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Visited by around 50000 to 100000 devotees daily makes, Tirupati Balaji Temple one of the most visiting temples of the world. Tirupati Balaji Temple Prasad is famous for its deliciously made laddus. Every day around 150000 laddus are prepared, with the help of ingredients like sugar, oil, sugar candy, cashew nuts, raisins, besan, flour, almonds and cardamom. The temple’s Prasad also includes Tirupati Balaji locket and beautiful photo.

INTERESTING FACTS-
• Due to Lord Venkateshwara’s intense eyes gaze, its idol is kept covered because it is believed that it would scorch the universe.
• Tirupati Balaji Temple is considered to be Swayambhustala, which means it got built by its own, without any human construction.

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