|Lord Venkateshwara of Tirumala (Tirupati).|
Thus it was that I never visited the world famous shrine at Tirumala (Tirupati) though it is less than 225 kms away from Puttaparthi. I did not find any reason to do so (nature, history, architecture etc) and I wasn’t prepared to go there only to ‘offer obeisance’ to Lord Balaji (Lord Venkateshwara). That apart, I also had several reservations against the Tirupati shrine based on what I had heard from people.
- Stand in line for hours to go and see God.
- Pay money to buy a ‘darshan ticket’ and have a quicker darshan route.
- Get pushed away right in front of the sanctum by temple authorities trying to speed up the lines.
- Pay to buy Prasadam.
|Beauty and divinity radiate from Lord Venkateshwara. This picture was taken in|
the Shanti Vedika, Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium during the
Sahasra Poorna Chandra Darshanam (completion of seeing thousand full moons
in one's life) of Bhagawan Baba.