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Some people may not be aware of these fascinating details about the Tirupati Temple

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As everyone knows, India's richest and most revered shrine is the Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam. However, there are a lot of fascinating mystical facts out there that you may not have heard of. Like the fact that Lord Balaji's idol has human hair on his head. Alternatively, it could be that the sacred objects used in worship are not made locally. Let's try this one: the idol of the deity sweats.
The most famous shrine in India has a lot of interesting  to share.

The Unknown Village's Secret

The flowers, clarified butter, milk, butter-milk, holy leaves, etc. used in the Tirupati Balaji Temple's ritual worship come from an undisclosed village about twenty two kilometres away from Tirupati. It has never been seen or visited by anyone but the residents of the small village.

The deity's statue is not at the centre of attention.

Although it appears that Lord Tirupati Balaji's idol is in the centre of the sanctum sanctorum, this is not the case. The shrine's right-hand corner houses the idol.


It's Balaji's real hair.

There is no doubt that the hair worn by Lord Balaji is real, as it is silky, smooth, and tangle-free. Lord Balaji lost some of his hair during his time on Earth due to an accident, and that's how those perfect tresses got their start. As soon as Neela Devi, a Gandharva Princess, noticed what had happened, she cut off a chunk of her glorious mane. Deity accepted her offer of chopped hair and planted it on his head, humbly. The god was delighted by her devotion and promised to bless anyone who visits his shrine and sacrifices their hair at his feet. Devotees have always shaved their heads in the temple before or after receiving their wishes.

Lord Venkat's idol Lord Balaji is surrounded by waves of the sea.

You may want to believe, but the unchanging truth is that if you put your ear to the back of the deity's image housed in the shrine, you can hear the sound of enormous sea waves.

Indefinitely lighted lamps

Just as the earthen lamps placed before the deity in the Tirupati Balaji Temple's sanctum sanctorum never go out, so does the light of a true devotee's devotion to the Divine. Unfortunately, there are no reliable records to show when or by whom these lamps were lit. For the time being, the only certainty is that they will continue to burn.

Once upon a time, Venkateswara Swamy was a real person.

The King of the region executed twelve people for a heinous crime they committed in the nineteenth century in India. It was a death sentence for the twelve of them. The dead criminals' bodies were hung from the temple's walls after they died. It was at this point that the deity manifested himself.

Idol of mist

The back of the idol is always wet, no matter how hard the priests work to dry it.
Lord Venkatesh is worshipped at Verpedu Pappula Venkatesh (Thirupati, Sri Venkateswara Swamy Varu), where flowers are offered to him.

When it comes to offering flowers to Lord Balaji during morning worship, the temple priests must follow the rules and not do so in GarbhaGudi or the Sanctuary. This is why they are dumped into the waterfalls behind the idol's rear. In contrast to this, priests refrain from looking at the deity's back for the rest of their shift. Yerpedu, a town about 20 kilometres from Tirupati, is where you'll find the discarded flowers.

Reactions with strong chemicals are no match for Idol

Applied raw or green camphor (Pachai Karpooram), a Cinnamomum camphora tree derivative, causes cracks and fissures on any stone. This is a scientifically known fact. Despite being constantly coated in camphor, the idol of Shri Tirupati Balaji bears no traces of the volatile chemical reactions that occur when it is exposed to the substance.

Sweating deity

If reports are to be believed, Lord Balaji's carved stone image is infused with life and very much alive. Temperatures of 110 degrees Fahrenheit are maintained even though the temple is located at a high altitude, where the surrounding air is cooler (3000 feet). Priests must wipe sweat from Balaji's image with a silken cloth every morning after the holy bath, known as Abhishekham. When the priests remove the idol's ornaments for a holy bath on Thursdays, they feel a tingling sensation on their skin.


Om namo venkatesaya


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