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Tirupati Darshan: Some Do’s and Don’ts for pilgrims visiting Lord Balaji temple

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  DO's :
* Do obeisance to your Ishta or Kula Daivam before you start for Tirumala.
* Do book your travel & accommodation at Tirumala in advance.
* Do bathe in the Pushkarani and worship Varahaswamy in his Temple
...you go to worship Lord Venkateswara.
* Do bathe & wear clean clothes before you enter the shrine.
* Do concentrate on Lord Venkateswara inside the Temple.
* Do observe absolute silence and recite Om Sri Venkatesayanamaha
...to yourself, inside the temple.
* Do bathe in the Papavinasanam & Akasa Ganga Theerthams near Tirumala.
* Do respect ancient customs and usage's while at Tirumala.
* Do respect & promote religious sentiments among co-pilgrims.
* Do deposit your offerings in the Hundi only.
* Do contact any of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Enquiry officer
...for information regarding the temple and your worship there.

  DONT's :
* Don't carry much jewelry or cash with you.
* Don't eat non-veg food.
* Don't consume liquor or other intoxicants.
*
 Don't smoke when you are in the sacred hills
* Don't approach strangers for accommodation.
* Don't wear foot wear in and around the premises of the temple.
* Don't approach touts and dalalis for quick darshan.
* Don't prostrate(Satsanga Danda Pranamam) inside the temple.
* Don't buy spurious parsadams from sweet vendors.
* Don't come to Tirumala for any purpose other than worshipping.
* Don't rush in for Darshan but take your chance in the queue.
* Don't spit or commit nuisance in the premises of the temple.
* Don't enter the temple.If, according to custom or usage, you are prohibited toenter.
* Don't wear flowers at Tirumala, all flowers are for the Lord only.
* Don't encourage beggary.


Visiting the shrine of Lord Balaji at Tirupati is a popular tourist destination. A pilgrimage to Tirumala's famed Lord Balaji temple can be a rewarding experience for devotees and their families. You can visit a number of temples in the area around Tirupati while you're there. For many first-timers, it might be a stressful encounter if they don't know what to expect and what to avoid. Be prepared for what you can expect and what you can expect when you get at Tirumala.

 

As a guide for first-time visitors and those who want to learn more about the temple of Lord Balaji, below are some crucial dos and don'ts:
 

  • It is claimed that before praying to Lord Venkateshwara at Tirumala, you should pay homage to your 'Ishta Devata' or your 'Kula Daivam.' Prior to seeing Lord Venkateshwara at Pushkarini, devotees can first visit a temple dedicated to Lord Varaha Swami.

 

  • Don't adorn yourself with flowers in Tirumala; they're all for Lord Balaji's use only.

 

  • Avoid bringing any valuables, including gold and jewellery, along with you.

 

  • As a general rule, no one enjoys having to wait in long lines that can run up to three hours at times. On the other hand, all visitors to Tirumala are urged to show reverence for the holy site. Avoid causing other pilgrims to be inconvenienced by racing ahead of them or zig-zagging through it.

 

  • Non-degradable plastics should not be used at the temple or in the temple grounds.

 

  • In and around the temple grounds, no smoking, drinking, or consuming anything that isn't vegetarian is permitted.

 

  • Prasadam is not something you should buy off the street from sellers.

 

  • Avoid all forms of gambling at all costs.

 

  • If you're planning a political event, you can't hold it in the temple grounds.

 

  • You can only deposit offerings in the Hundi.

 

  • In order to maintain the cleanliness of the temple, you should do your part. Avoid dumping trash on the ground.

 

  • The pilgrims' religion and temple's customs must be respected.

 

  • While waiting in line, most pilgrims keep a respectful quiet.

 

  • It is completely forbidden to kill or harm any animal or bird for any purpose whatsoever.

 

  • The practise of beggary is strictly prohibited on the temple grounds, and visitors should not encourage it.

 

  • If you need darshan, food, or a place to stay, steer clear of touts. Respect the norms of the temple and abide by their strict restrictions.

 

  • The four mada streets are shoe-free zones.

 

  • Stay away from the temple grounds if you plan on lingering or camping there.

 

  • Inside the temple, weapons are not permitted.

 

  • If you're sitting or standing, make sure your back isn't facing the deity.

    Have a Nice Darshan .. Om Namo Venkatesaya

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