Tirumala Venkateswara Temple: The Most Visited Temple of the World

Temples of Asia | | June 16, 2011 at 1:25 am


The Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is one of the most famous Hindu temples of India. It is situated in Tirumala, a hill town near Tirupati in the state of Andhra Pradesh. According to reports, this temple is the most visited temples of the world and is also governed by the richest trust on earth. The number of daily visitors to this place range between 50,000 and 100,000. Approximately three to four crores of people come to place annually. During festivals and special occasions, the number of daily visitors rises to as much as 500,000.

This temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. It is believed that the idol of Lord Venkateshwara worshipped in this temple is here since the beginning of the Kali Yoga (the age of the evils according to Hindu Mythology).

Tirumala Venkateswara Temple boasts an extremely elaborate arrangement for guiding the visitors into the temple. As mentioned before, the most challenging task that the volunteers of this temple need to do is managing the crowd. For making sure that there are no accidents and stampedes, they have planned the entire process of entering the temple premises extremely systematically. You will to see the idol of Lord Venkateshwara through 2 kinds of ‘Darshans’ (the Sanskrit word used for getting a glimpse of God), ‘Dharma Darshanam’ and ‘Sheegra Darshan’. People opting for Dharma Darshan may need the whole day to get a glimpse of Lord Venkateshwara; it can be availed absolutely free of cost. The Sheegra Darshan on the other hand will require the visitor to pay Rs300; if you opt for this type of Darshan, you will be able to reach the idol of Lord Venkateshwara within 45 minutes to 1 and half hours depending on the rush on the day you are visiting Tirumala Venkateswara Temple.

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