Venkateshwara means the Lord who destroys the sins of the people. According to the Hindu scriptures, Vishnu, out of love towards his devotees, incarnated as Venkateshwara and appeared for the salvation and upliftment of humanity in this Kali Yuga and is considered the supreme form of Vishnu in this age. Lord Venkateswara (the cosmic child) has a dark complexion and four hands. In his two upper hands he holds a discus (a symbol of power) and a conch shell (a symbol of existence). With his lower hands extended downward he asks devotees to have faith and surrender to him for protection. Lord Venkateshwara is also known as Venkatachalapathy, Srinivasa and Balaji is a form of the Hindu god Vishnu in Vaishnavism.
Lord Venkateswara’s temple was built as per the principles of Vaastu. The temple faces east, the deity is placed in west, facing east. It is covered by mountains on all sides except northeast. A pond is located to the northeast of the temple. A waterfall is in the northern direction and the water from it is used for the holy bath of the main deity every day. For those who believe in Vaastu, all this is one of the reasons why it is one of the richest and most popular places of worship in the world. The sacred spot on the hill about 2,800 feet above sea level is known as Tirumala, the abode of Lord Venkateswara. The hill forms part of the Eastern Ghats and is also known as Venkatachala and Seshachala. It is said that the Eastern Ghats on this side along with their curves, heights and falls resemble the serpent Adisesha and that the seven hills of Tirupati are its seven heads and Ahobalam where Lord Narasimha murthy is worshipped, representing the centre of Adisesha, and Srisailam representing the tail end of Adisesha. That is why Tirumala is called Seshachala. According to the legends, this has been a sacred place in all the four yugas, and was known as Vrishabhachala in the Krithayuga, Anjanachala in the Tretayuga, Seshachala in the Dwaparayuga and Venkatachala in the present Kaliyuga.
A large number of devotees-daily 30,000 on an average visit the sacred shrine of Lord Venkateswara to pay their homage to Him. Lord Venkateswara is famous among world…