Have you visited Tirumala? If yes, this article on seven amazing facts about Tirumala will interest you. Tirupati is a well-known temple town in India among Indians and non-Indians alike. However, it's interesting to know that there are many fascinating facts about the town that you might not be aware of:
The idol of Lord Balaji is placed on a raised platform above where devotees offer their prayers. But because of its position and structure, it's easy for people to assume that this idol is placed at the centre. But it's - actually not! The central position belongs to Goddess Padmavati, who resides on the floor below and is placed behind a big stone pillar that supports Lord Balaji's idol.
The secret of an unknown village is a small village near Tirupati where people don't get old and rarely die. The name of this village is Ananthapuram, which lies in Andhra Pradesh. Locals say that powerful deities residing in this village have blessed the people with long life and good health.
It is believed that the sacred city of Varanasi was built by Lord Shiva himself, yet Tirupati has an even older history. Its existence dates back to 5000 years, making it one of the oldest cities in India. The temple is also known as "Adi Vyayana", meaning "the first shrine". It is believed to be in the same form for over 2500 years.
Tirupati Balaji Temple gets 50,000 pilgrims on a normal day, while on festival days, the number shoots up to 100,000+. The temple received more than 100 million devotees between 2012-and 2013, making it the most visited place of worship globally.
The Tirumala Hill range is not part of the Eastern Ghats, but it is an independent hill located in the Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh. The hills are also known as 'Seshachalam Hills' by Telugu speaking people.
The idol of the god at Tirupati Balaji temple has a golden hue. The priests' gold paste was applied to it every day with a special brush. The gold paste is prepared from camphor and medicinal herbs and is applied to the idol to preserve it and give it a golden glow.
You will be surprised to know that there is a currency note which bears the image of the Lord Venkateshwara Temple at Tirupati on its reverse side. The ancient temple has always been a major source of attraction for devotees and tourists alike.