Rare Information Tirupati Lord Balaji

Some rare facts about Tirupati ,Tirumala and Lord Venkateswara

( Some portions of this post needs citation especially on the days when Lord Balaji is worshiped as Ambal and Shiva(marked with an *). People who are in Tirupati or those who have authentic sources may send me information, One of the Links mention that the Balaji Temple is that of Siva.There are other sources that say it is of Lord Muruga ,Ambal.I have a detailed post on this.People may contribute to this as well.)

1.The Arch at the entrance of Tirumala Hills is unique in the world.

Balaji Face in Hills

Lord Balaji‘s Face in the Hills

Natural Arch, Tirumala hills is a distinctive geological wonder located 1 km (0.6 mi) North of the Tirumala hills temple, near the Chakra Teertham in the state of Andhra PradeshIndia. The Arch is also called Silathoranam (శిలాతోరణం)in local language (Telugu language: “Sila” means ‘rock’ and “thoranam” means a garland strung over a threshold, connecting two vertical columns or an ‘arch’ as in this case). The arch measures 8 m (26.2 ft) in width and 3 m (9.8 ft) in height, and is naturally formed in the quartzites of Cuddapah Supergroup of Middle to Upper Proterozoic (1600 to 570 Ma) due to natural erosive forces.[1][2][3]

The arch is one of the few natural arches or bridges in Asia. But there are many others in other continents, such as the Rainbow Bridge (Arch) andArches National Park in UtahUSA which depicts 2000 sandstone arches, the Durdle Door arch in Dorset and the Arch of Cut Through in UK, Pravčická brána in Bohemian Switzerland, in Czech RepublicPont d’Arc in Southern France, Rainbow cave arch in the Galilee IsraelEl Arco de Cabo San Lucasin Mexico and London Arch in Australia(wiki)

2.The Idol of Balaji is adorned with ‘Pachai Karpooram’, from Cinnamomum camphora, which is a highly volatile substance,daily.

If applied to a stone, it will form Cracks.

But not so in Lord Balaji’s case.

3.There is no mark of the Chisel in the Idol.

4.The Idol is always at 110 Degree F, despite being bathed in Water, Milk at the early hours, 4.30am.

After bathing the Deity Sweat forms every day and it is wiped off.

5.Lord Balaji is worshiped as Goddess Uma (Ambal) on four days , as Vishnu for two days and Shiva as One day in a week.

Bilva Leaves, a must for worship of Lord Siva are used during archana (worship by various names of the Lord) to  Lord Balaji on all Fridays. Similarly the same Bilva leaves are used during archanas in the month of Marghazhi.( 15th Dec. to 15 Jan).


“AmbAL Amsa are seen on Lord VenkateshvarA’s image, in the Simha LalATam, Yoga
MudrA, Bhoga MudrA, Varada MudrA, Kattiya Vilambita MudrA, the meTTi, kolusu,
(toe-rings and anklet) on the feet. All these are the marks of Sri
AlarmElu Mangai. The Kattiya Vilambita Hastam belongs only to AmbAL, not to
VishNu. The Vilambita Hasta MudrA can be seen on the images of Kanchi Kamakshi,
TiruvidaiMarudur Mookambika, Kanyakumari Bhagavati Amman, Tiruvaiyaru
Dharmasamvardini, and Mayiladuturai Mookambikai. The image of Bhagavati Amman on
the banks of the BharatapapuzhA river, Kerala, has an exact resemblance of Lord

No one can deny or hide these female AMsas on the Lord’s
body. We can see them with our own eyes. Certain pujas too resemble those done
in AmbAL temples. To VenkateshvarA, abhiShekam is done on Fridays, a
21-cubit sari vastram, abhiShekam with turmeric water, and
Brahmotsava during Navaratri are conducted. The abhiShekam is done by
pouring out water in a measure of 51 porringers. The number 51 refers to the
count of Shakti PiThas.

Every Friday, bilva leaves, which belong to
Shiva, are used for Archana. Now it is used in the Archana done in Margazhi

On the day of ShivarAtri, an utsavam called kShetra PAlikA
is done. On that day, the utsava mUrti is adorned with diamond streaks of
VibhUti and the deity is taken on the streets on procession.

*The Tirumala
temple is an EkamUrti Alayam. There is no Sannidhi for any other deity. But then
there is a woman deity known as Tirupati GangammA. The festival called GangammA
JAtra is held once in a year. In those days, goats and chicken were sacrified
during this time. This Gangamma is a ShivagaNa, Yogini.

There is also an
aitihyam (legendary account) that during the abhiShekam, the Lord
opens his third eye. In those days, the ArchakAs agreed with this

The VishNu image at Srirangam has a streak resembling a beam of
light on its forehead, which is the general identity seen in ancient VishNu
images. On the sacred body of the Lord of Tirupati or his miniature image, there
is no such mark. The broad nAmam was fixed up only since the last 150 or
200 years.

As against the VishNu SahasranAmam chanted at Archana in other
VishNu temples, only the Venkatesha SahasranAmam is chanted here. The first line
of this composition is VenkateshAya namaH and the next line is VirUpAkShAya
namaH. VirUpAkShA is Shiva’s name.

Lord Venkateshvara is adored in the
Shaiva Tirumurais and in Tirumandiram. A sage-poet named TALLapAkkam AnnamaiyyA
adored the Lord in his songs as ParaBrahmam and the Ishvara with ShivAMsam and
wrote his songs on copper plates. Around 350 years ago, some ArchakAs who did
not appreciate it, melted those plates and made them into copper vessles and

 On Maha Sivaratri day which is considered sacred for the worship of Lord Siva a festival called Kshetra Palika is celebrated at Tirupati. On that day the Urchava Idol  is decorated with a flat diamond studded ornament resembling the three streaks of vibhuthi  (sacred ash applied on foreheads in three lines by worshipers  of Lord Siva) and taken out in procession on the streets.

6.The Tirumala ranges show the face of Lord Balaji.


7.The Suprabhataham, the chantimg to wake up the Lord is not played in the temple during the month of Margazhi.( Dec-January) as He never sleeps.


I have a doubt.


If this is so, why the Suprabatham is played in the early mornings in the other months?





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10 thoughts on “Rare Information Tirupati Lord Balaji

  1. Unlike most of the Srivishnu temples in the south, Tirupathi Balaji temple follows Vaikanasa agamas and hence there may be some deviation in Alankaram and seva procedures. The great Alwars and acharyans have sung in praise of the lord and there is no doubt this kshetram is that of Lord Vishnu. We find Lord Shiva in many divyakshetrams. It is pure imagination and handiwork of some so called veera saivites( who hated Vishnu and did much to thwart srivaishnavism (e.g kirumikanda cholan). Let us not waste time in frivolities and accept Him as Lord Vishnu . Even if someone believes him to be Lord Muruga, Lord Budha or Ambal or Shiva all are devathas and Lord Vishnu as Paradevatha(supreme one as said in Brahmasutra and vedas) comprises all devathas. He blesses us in this divine form and people of various faiths find solace in worshipping Him. As said by Nammalwar in his dravida vedam Thiruvaimozhi (5th among first ten) Avaravar thamathamathu arivuari vagai/
    aavaravar iraiyar ena adi adaivargal.( The people of this world may according to their knowledge and belief worship many devathas as suits them. But all such worship attains His holy feet.


  2. Rajshekhar says:

    In the ashtadasha puranas lord venkateshwara is described as Janu hasta(Holding the hand on the knee) References.. Vamana purana, Brahmanda Purana, Bhavishyottara purana, Bhavishya purana and Varaha purana.. In none of the puranas he is described as Shiva or Shakti. On Fridays bilva pooja is done because, bilva dalas are very auspicious for lakshmi. The lord is described as Archavatara in Varaha purana and skanda purana.. Archa means idol and avataram means descending of the divinity into sensual planes.
    Shankha raja and agastya maharishis praised the lord and prayed him to take the archa avatara.
    Even in the shakha raja stotram lord is described as ‘Janu hasta’.There are no shankham and chakram in the lord’s hands as Venkatachala mahatyam says the lord has gifted these weapons to Tondaman chakravarti. (Ref.Maharishi Durvasa stotram). Lord is described throughout in the ashtadasha puranas as ‘Jatamukuta mandita’.(Lord holding Jata standing as a Yogi)
    There used to be a idol of shiva in the temple who is the kshetrapalaka for Venkatachala. The idol has been missing and I guess from the time of Ramanujacharya, Utsava murti has been decorated with Vibhuti. Dhruva bera is not lord Shiva.
    None of the Shakti Devata stands in bare body which is against to Agama shastra. The lord has Yagnopaveetam which can not be seen in any female deity. The lord has Shrivatsa chihna (Symbol on his chest) and even Adishankaracharya agrees him as Vishnu(Ref..Adi shankara’s venkatesha stotram)
    The lord has Makara kundala(Which is the main identity for lord Vishnu). The lord is described as ‘Churikayudha dharine’ throughout Skanda and Varaha puranas. And this churikayudha is nothing but the sword which can be seen in the Dhruva beram.
    The deity was believed in earlier days as Bala Tripura sundari and Bagalamukhi. But, Kshetra puranam and Vamana puranam clearly describes all the lakshanas of the deity and has praised him as next avataram of lord Krishna.
    Yogis and sadhakas believe that the same idol will manifest as Kalki holding the same Churikayudha for the destruction of the evil..(Ref.. Kalajnana by Veerabrahmendra swami and Kaivara Yogi Nareyana)
    In the Venkatesha pinyupanishad all the lakshanas of the deity has been described and it is crystal clear in this Upanishad that he is Vishnu.
    I can give you moola slokas if you require.
    Rajashekar N


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  4. Amith says:

    My observation to all these sayings that Lord Balaji is Siva, Jina, Buddha, Uma, Muruga and Bhairava is to quote from Bhagavad Gita.

    In Gita, Lord Krishna clearly says that he is all. He is Siva among rudras, Indra among Devas, Skanda among senadipatis, Margazhi among months, Bhrigu among sages, Surya among Adityas, Arjuna among Pandavas, etc.

    So clearly you can see him in various forms in Lord balaji. He shows his roopa as per wishes of his devotees. This is the concept of Lord Balaji that though he is Lord Vishnu, he is seen in various forms by different castes, religions and tribes.

    So instead of arguing among ourselves as to what is the swaroopa of the Lord, we have to understand the multiple dimensions of Lord Vishnu where in in Vishwaroopa he manifests as Siva, Ganesh, Narasimha, Indra, Sages and so on.

    It is definitely Lord Vishnu who has shown these diff. forms to devotees.


  5. One other thing I learnt in that context. If you see the maha mandapam surrounding the main gopuram, it has 4 lions. Only the recent structures have Garudan. The original ones only has lions which is what Ambal/Amman temples have. But as an explanation, some say it has Lion only because it was not a deva pradhistai… It was a ratchasa pradhistai hence has lions… Oh well..


  6. nparamasivam1951 says:

    Is it so? It is news to me that Lord Balaji is worshipped Uma for 4 days. What are those days and the timings? One day worshipped as Shiva. When?


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