Sri Venkateshwara Temple is one of the oldest and most popular pilgrimage sites. It is situated at the 7th peak of the Venkata Tirumala Hill. Located in the south of Sri Swami Puskarini River, the temple has been construed in the traditional Dravidian architecture style. It houses an 8 feet tall idol of the Lord Venkateshwara that is placed under the gold glided dome called Ananda Nilaya Divya Vimana and the eyes of the idol are covered with a tilak of camphor, and ornamented with semi-precious and precious stones. According to practice, the temple of Varahaswami should be paid a visit to before visiting Sri Venkateswara swami temple.
A beautiful temple that it is it also enjoys the privilege of being one the riches pilgrimage centers and the most popular place of worship on globe. If you are eager to know how many people might be visiting the shrine daily, here are the figures for you: While about 50,000 to 1 lakh people visit this temple per day, the holy place receives almost not less than 500,000 on special occasions, festivals and during the annual Brahmothsavam!
The Lord's Wondrous Idol
At the famous Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple, the lord's idol inside the sanctum is nothing short of a wonder in all ways. While the legend has it that the eight feet idol has been installed at the place by no human, but is actually self manifested, it is adorned with a golden crown with a huge emerald, a double tilaka on the forehead that also partly cover his eyes and with decorative golden earings. The lord's right fist is embedded with a gem-set chakra, and the left fist holds a shanka (conch shell). And tha's not all. Tirumala Venkateshwara is wrapped in a gold hued cloth that is tied to the idol with a golden string and a gold belt with trinkets. The idol is also adorned with a yagnyopavita (sacred thread) and has Goddess Srilakshmi on his right chest and goddess Padmavati on his left chest. And lastly, his feet have a gold frame covering and are adorned with gold made anklets!
The lord is renowned by many names such as Balaji, Venkateshwara, Venkatachalapathy, Srinivasa and edukondalavada (lord of seven hills). Brahmothsavam and Vasantothsavam are two main festivals celebrated here.