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We woke up exactly at 00:00 hrs. as the clock
hit the beginning of the new day. We were ready by 1 and begun to go to
temple but as soon as we step out, we came to know that wearing Lungi
is mandatory for the people going to Suprabhatam Seva. We went back again and
changed our clothes. Luckily, we have purchased it in the evening as the VIP
protocol person told us that gents need to wear lungi but we were not sure as
some of the people also told that wearing Lungi
is not Mandatory but when we saw everyone dressed traditionally in lungi, we
give up to the benefit of doubt and changed out clothes. We had our challenges
in wearing Lungi and carrying it as it was the first
time in my life. Many times, I need to hold it with my hand and also I was
constantly scared if it unfolds. In the temple, I took a safety pin from my
wife and used it to hold the lungi. It was helpful; however, I was not very
confident about it also.
We reached at the Vaikuntam Queue complex at
around 1:30 am. We met some local guys there and came to know lot of things
about the temple. We came to know that local people come to Tirupati 2,3 times every
year and the devotion of local people is very real and pure unlike mine,
honestly speaking. At 2, the gates opened. Ticket was checked 3, 4 times and
wearing Lungi was also mandatory. I was surprised and at the same time,
impressed by the fool proof security of the temple. At around 3, we entered in
the main temple and the Seva was started. It went for 30 minutes. Unlike last
time, this time, i had the opportunity to spend a time and got a good Darshan.
The whole experience was very satisfying. After that, we spent our time in
temple for 2 hours as the atmosphere was very pure and we can feel the
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There is 1 very interesting story related to
this temple. It is said that Lord Kubera lent money to the God
Venkateswara/Vishnu to meet the expenses for his marriage with Padmavati .Lord
Venkateshwara will continue to pay Kuber the loan till the end of Kali Yuga
which will last for 432,000 years. In remembrance of this, the devotees going
to Tirupati donate money and gold in Venkateswara’s Hundi so that he can repay
Tirupati Temple. Courtesy: Google Images
Prasadam. Courtesy: Google Images
It seemed that coming to here has
pressed the refreshed button of my life. I felt so great. We came out of
temple at around 5 am and now it’s the time to collect Prasadam, Laddus.
Finally we reached at our Guest House at 6am
and thought of catching some sleep. We woke up again at 8am only to go
back to Tirupati. Our returning train to Hyderabad was Nine Hills express which
was scheduled at 3 pm from Tirupati.
We have around 4 hours available for sight-seeing
in Tirupati. We visited the various places at Tirupati:
First of all, we went to ISKCON temple. I
have visited this temple in Mathura, New Delhi and here It is no different. The
building and atmosphere was very beautiful, however but I do not like the idea
of making ISCKON in Tirupati. This temple looks good in delhi, mumbai but
imagine this temple in places like Badrinath, Vaishno devi, i don't think it
will be appreciated.
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2. Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple,
It is situated
about 3 km to the north of Tirupati, at the foot of the Tirumala Hills. The
sacred waterfall called Kapila Teertham (also known as Alwar Teertham) is
located here. It is believed that in old days, people start their journey to
Tirumala from here after taking bath in this Teertham.
This temple is about
5 km from Tirupati. The temple of Sri Padmavathi Devi who is the consort of
Lord Sri Vishnu is situated here. It is believed that your Darshan/visit to
Tirupati Balaji temple will be considered as complete only if you visit
the Sri Padmavathi Devi temple.
is that Lord Vishnu admired the sage, Bhrigu Maharshi, even though
the sage had insulted Vishnu by kicking him on the chest. In anger, Sri Maha
Lakshmi (the Lord's consort) reached Patala Loka (hell), where she heard a
divine voice stating that a pushkarini was dug on the banks
of the river Swarnamukhi, immersed her in penance for 12 years. In the 13th year (during the month of Karteeka) Sri
Padmavathi emerged from a golden lotus. It is believed that Goddess MahaLakshmi
herself emerged as Sri Padmavathi. When we reached here at 12, we were
so tired and the huge crowd discouraged us. We purchased the tickets for
Special Darshan, however, still it take around 1 hour to get the Darshan. The
statue of Devi was amazingly beautiful. After the main Darshan, I took a rest
in temple premises while other members were continued to explore other sub
temples in the main temple.
Weather was very hot and even we didn't
have the proper sleep.
There were many temples left but we
were so tired because of missing a sleep that we decided to go to railway
station and waits for a train although there were 2 hours still left.
We boarded a train at 3 pm and reached
Hyderabad at 5 am on 12th August. I must say it was one of its kind experience.
Looking forward for many more trips.