We all know that Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam is the richest and one of the most revered shrines in India.But, there are so many interesting mystical facts out there beyond the commonly known trivia. Like the fact that the idol of Lord Balaji wears real hair. Or, that the sacred objects for worship are not locally sourced. There are some secrets and history of Tirupati and Lord Venkateshwara Temple. Some of them are collectively listed below:
For the ritual worship of the deities housed in the Tirupati Balaji Temple, the flowers, clarified butter, milk, butter-milk, holy leaves etc. are sourced from an undisclosed village located about twenty two kilometres away from Tirupati. The little village has never been seen or visited by any outsider except its own people.
The idol of Lord Tirupati Balaji placed may appear to be standing in the centre of the sanctum but technically, it is not so. The idol is actually placed in the right hand corner of the shrine.
The hair worn by Lord Balaji is silky, smooth, tangle-free, and absolutely real. The story behind those faultless locks goes like this & ndash; Lord Balaji, during his regime on earth, lost some of his hair in an unexpected mishap. A Gandharva Princess named Neela Devi quickly took note of this incident, and cut a portion of her glorious mane. She offered her chopped locks humbly to the deity and requested him to plant them on his head. Pleased with her devotion, the god accepted the kind offering and promised that whoever visits his shrine and sacrifices his/her hair at his feet will be blessed. Ever since, it has been a custom among devotees to shave their head off in the temple before or after their desires are fulfilled.You may want to hear to believe, but the unchangeable truth is that the sound of enormous sea waves can be heard if one puts his/her ear on the back of the deity’s image housed in the shrine.
The light of an ardent devotee's heart for the Divine never gets extinguished, so do the earthen lamps placed before the idol of the deity in the sanctumof the Tirupati Balaji Temple. There are no reliable records about the time when these lamps were lit and who lit them. All that is known is that they have been burning for a long time and will continue to do so.
TLong ago, in 19th century India, the King of the region imposed the death sentence on twelve people for committing a heinous crime. The twelve of them were hung by their necks until death. Post death, the bodies of the deceased criminals were left hanging on the walls of the temple of Balaji. It was at that time the deity himself appeared.
For an inexplicable reason, the back of the idol always remains moist, despite the priests labouring to keep it dry.Going by the rule book, the temple priests do not throw the flowers offered to Lord Balaji during morning worship out of the GarbhaGudi or Sanctum Sanctorum. So, they are thrown into the waterfalls which flow behind the rear side of the idol.
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