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Lord Venkateswara Puja, by the elaborate method, is a powerful Puja that the highly qualified and experienced priests perform at Live Online Puja for you Live.
Some of the Rituals included in Elaborate Lord Venkateswara Puja are:
Sthapana (Ganesh, Navgraha, Kalash, Brahma), Sankalp, Ganesh Pujan, Navagrahas Puja, Brahman Varn, Lord Venkateswara Puja, Lord Venkateswara Mantra chanting, Homam with Ahutis of ghee, honey, sugar, til, yellow mustard, Puranahuti and Aarti.
Donations to brahmins, needy people, animals, and birds play an important role in the success of the Puja.
Sage Bhrigu was appointed to select the most suitable of the Gods to who dedicate the rituals. He first went to the King of Gods, Devraj Indra. Devraj Indra failed to acknowledge Sages Bhrigu’s presence as he was busy enjoying the dance of apsaras (Nymphs) in heaven. Sage Bhrigu, in rage, cursed Devraj Indra that he would be called an egoistic soul all over the creation.
Sage Bhrigu next went Braham Lok to visit Lord Brahma. Lord Brahma was busy chanting the Vedas, doing meditation, creating the world, and spending his time with Mata Saraswati, his consort, with his four heads. Sage Bhrigu cursed Lord Brahma that he would not be worshipped anymore by the living beings on earth. Next, he went to Mount Kailash to meet Lord Shiva. Here again, Sage Bhrigu found Lord Shiva busy in his Rudra Dhyanam with his consort, Mata Parvati, at his feet, so he cursed Lord Shiva that he would be worshipped only in the form of Lingam.
At last, Sage Bhrigu went to Vaikuntha, the adobe of Lord Vishnu. There Sage Bhrigu found Lord Vishnu was sleeping on the bed of Shesha Nag. When Sage Bhrigu arrived, he first saw Lord Vishnu’s feet and felt too humiliated. Enraged, Sage Bhrigu kicked Lord Vishnu on his chest and thus awakened Lord Vishnu. To pacify the sage Bhrigu, Lord Vishnu grabbed the feet of the Sage and started pressing them gently. While pressing the feet, Lord Vishnu poked the eye on the feet of the Sage, due to which the ego of the Sage ended. Rishi apologized for his mistake and ordered the Sages to dedicate the rituals to Lord Vishnu.
Due to the absence from their heavenly adobe of Lord Vishnu – the sustainer of the world and Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, the whole creation became gloomy. Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma seeing this took the form of a cow and a calf, respectively and came to the Chola kingdom. A cowherd grazed this cow and calf daily on the Seshachalam hills of Chola kingdom.
The cow daily used to roam away from the remaining herd and used to pour her milk into the anthill to satisfy the hunger and thirst of Lord Vishnu every day. Due to this, the cow was unable to give milk in the evening for the people. The shepherd felt something suspicious is there. The next day the cowherd took the herd for grazing, and like every day, the cow left the herd and approached the anthill and poured milk into it.
The cowherd saw this act, and in his anger, threw an axe on the cow. Lord Vishnu, in order to protect the cow and calf, arose from the anthill and the axe hit him on his forehead. An enraged by this act of the cowherd Lord Vishnu cursed him to die immediately, and as a result of this curse, the cowherd died. This news reached the king.
The Chola king became aware of the absence of the cowherd. He went to the grazing field in search of the cowherd and found the dead body of the shepherd and nearby found the cow was giving milk to Lord Vishnu. Thewchola king couldn’t recognize him. Hence, with his arrows, the king tried to kill the cow and the calf, stating that it’s not serving the kingdom; instead, it’s wasting the milk by pouring in the anthill.
Lord Vishnu again emerged and grew enormous, stopped the arrows from traveling further, and in rage, he cursed the king that the king will be born as a demon in his next birth. On recognizing the Lord, the Chola king asked for Lord’s forgiveness for his mistake and surrendered at the Lord’s feet. The king realized his mistake, unlike the cowherd. Lord Vishnu was pleased and gave him a boon that he, Lord Vishnu, would marry his daughter in his next birth as King Aakasaha. The curse will end when Lord Vishnu is presented the crown by King Aakasaha during Vishnu’s marriage with his daughter.
In his next birth, Lord Vishnu was born as Lord Srinivasa to a woman named Vakula Devi. It is said that Lord Krishna, in Dwapar Yuga, gave Mata Yashoda a boon that he will take birth as her son in Kal Yuga. Vakula Devi was the reincarnation of Mata Yashoda. The Chola king, in his next birth as King Aakasaha, didn’t have any children. Then, one day, he found a baby girl on the lotus flower in the fields; he named her Padmavati.
One day Lord Srinivasa, who was a forest dweller, was on a hunting spree and was chasing an elephant. But the elephant entered a garden where Devi Padmavati was with her friends. Elephant threatened all; Srinivasa saved everyone there in the garden. Lord Srinivasa was enchanted by the beauty of Padmavati and enquired about her.
He told his mother, Vakula Devi, that he would not be calmed until and unless he marries Padmavati as it is a prophecy based on his boon to Chola king. When Lord Srinivasa expressed his desire to marry Padmavati, Padmavati’s father refused, calling her a pauper (not having Lakshmi beside him), and conditioned that the marriage would be allowed only if Lord Srinivasa organizes a huge grand marriage ceremony and Padmavati is given expensive gifts.
Thus Lord Srinivasa had no option but to take a huge loan from Lord Kuber, the God of wealth, for marriage expenses. Therefore, Lord Kubera gave a mountain of gold to Lord Srinivasa as promised. Lord Srinivasa told Lord Kubera that at the end of Kali Yuga, he would repay his debt. The expenses of marriage were so great that to this day, the devotees of Tirupati are filling Lord Venkateswara’s vault.
The Lord Venkateswara stayed on the hills of Tirumala following the marriage, and a magnificent temple rose in the place. Since then, it is believed that the Lord is repaying the loan received by him from Kuber in bits and pieces. It is said that to help the Lord make his payments in a timely manner, the devotees make their contributions in the form of donations.
One of the most famous Hindu deities is Lord Venkateswara of Tirupati. Lord Venkateswara, also known by various other names, is an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu. Lord Venkateswara is also called by the names- Balaji, Srinivasa, and Govinda. It is believed that Lord Vishnu is on the earth as Lord Venkateswara appeared on earth for the upliftment and the salvation of human beings in the Kalyug.
Lord Venkateswara is the presiding Deity of Venkateswara Temple located in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India. This temple is considered one of the richest temple in India. It is believed that the Tirumala hill is a part of Mount Meru that Garuda brought on the earth. And the seven hills signify the seven heads of the cosmic serpent or Adi sheesh nag. All around the year, millions of people reach the hills of Tirumala to seek the blessings of God. Devotees believe that Lord Venkateswara resides in Temple at Tirupati with his wife, Padmavati.
“Venkateswara” is formed by the combination of the words “Venkata,” which is the name of a hill in Andhra Pradesh, and “Isvara” means “Lord.” Therefore, “Venkateswara” means “Lord of Venkata. The Brahmanda and Bhavishyottara Puranas interpret the word “Venkata” as “destroyer of sins,” deriving from the word ‘vem’ (sins) in the Sanskrit and “kata” as the power of immunity.
Another interpretation is that the word “ven” means keeps away, and “kata” means troubles. So the two words, when combined, form Venkata and their combined meaning is ‘who keeps away troubles’ or ‘who takes away problems.’ Lord Venkateswara is known to be the only God who took birth to save the people from troubles in Kalyuga.
It is believed that Lord Venkateswara will reside on earth till the end of Kalyuga. At the end of Kalyuga, Lord Vishnu’s other incarnation, Lord Kalki, will take birth and destroy everything on earth. This would happen when sins will reach their peak, and there will be no humanity left. That would be the end of Kalyuga, and Lord Kalki will destroy everything, and the formation of the new Yuga will occur.
Lord Venkateswara is also known as a very powerful God. It is said that if a devotee asks for anything with a sincere heart, God fulfills all his wishes. After being blessed by the fulfillment of their wishes by God, people come here to show gratitude and homage by donations in the form of hair, money, etc. It is believed that Balaji of Tirupati return ten times what we offer.
It is believed that the idol of Lord Venkateswara is Swayambhu or Self Manifest. The Lord’s idol is richly adorned with flowing locks of hair, and some of these locks of curly hair fall on his shoulders. The nose is neither prominent nor flat. The mouth of the Lord’s idol is also elegantly shaped. The chin and the ears are carved beautifully. The ears are adorned with beautiful ear ornaments. The Lord’s chest is magnificent in the cuts.
The body posture is of a lion and exquisitely shaped. The belly is also beautifully modeled. The Lord’s idol has four arms, the upper two being carved to hold the chakra and the conch; the conch and the chakra do not form the integral parts of the idol. The upper right arm of the idol holds the Sudarshana Chakra; the upper left arm holds the conch of Lord Vishnu, which he blows in times of war. The lower right hand of the Lord’s idol is in the Blessing posture. While the lower left hand is bent a Little at the elbow and rests on the upper part of the waist).
The left hand’s fingers rest on the left thigh, with the hand’s thumb almost parallel to the waistline. While the idol’s body below the waist is slightly tilted to the left, and the knee are bent and open slightly outwards, giving the idol peculiar grace and charm. Mata Lakshmi is carved on the right chest of the Lord in the sitting pose. The yagnopavitam and four necklaces or ornaments of the neck are clearly seen on the idol. There are armlets on arms. There is, however, a waistband and this waistband is about 2 inches thick. The feet and legs of the Lord are shaped beautifully. Both the knees are bent and open slightly outwards, giving the stately figure charm and grace. The feet are models of perfection and have ornaments near the anklets. The Lord’s image has on the shoulders marks resembling ‘scars made by the constant wearing of the bow and a pack of arrows.
Under this, devotees dedicate their hair to the Lord, which means that the devotees dedicate their hair most beloved adornment to God. The story behind it is like this – Lord Balaji lost some of his hair in an unexpected mishap during his regime on earth. Neela Devi, a Gandharva Princess, noticed it and cut a portion of her glorious hairs. She offered her hairs humbly to the Deity and requested him to plant them on his head.
Pleased with her devotion, God accepted the offering of the princess and promised that whoever visits his shrine and donates his/her hair at his feet will be blessed. Since then, it has been a custom among devotees to shave the hairs of their heads before or after their desires are fulfilled.
In the olden times, this rite was performed by the barber at home itself, but over time this rite also became centralized, and it was performed collectively at a place called ‘Kalyan Katta’ (Hair donation) located near the Tirupati Balaji temple. So now all the barbers sit at this place. After Keshdan, take a bath here and then, after bathing in Pushkarini, go to the temple to have darshan.
• To worship Lord Venkateswara, take an early morning bath and in north/east/north-east direction in a pure place in the house place a yellow cloth-covered outpost and install the idol/ picture of Shri Ganesh and Lord Venkateswara.
• Now purify with the Ganges water the room and outpost.
• Place silver, copper, or clay urns on the outpost; fill it with water, and place coconut on it.
• After this, take a pledge of worship and worship the deities installed at the post through Vedic mantras.
• Now lit a lamp and Dhoop in front of the deities and offer Flowers, Naivedya, Fruit, Pan, etc.
• While worshipping, chant the mantra of Lord Venkateswara.
• When these rituals are over, perform Aarti and distribute the Prasad.
ॐ श्री वेंकटेश्वराये नमो नमः।
Om Shree Venkateshvaraaye Namo Namah |
श्रीमन नारायण नमो नमः।।
Shreeman Naaraayan Namo Namah |
तिरुमल तिरुपति नमो नमः।
Tirumal Tirupati Namo Namah |
जय बालाजी नमो नमः।।
Jay Baalaajee Namo Namah |
• Lord Venkateswara Puja helps in the fulfillment of all the wishes of devotees.
• This Puja is beneficial for victory in legal matters and the selling of property under dispute.
• This Puja is done for divine grace and the blessings of Lord Venkateswara (Balaji).
• This Puja is good for progeny, wealth, job, and spouse.
• Lord Venkateswara Puja gives protection, good health, and everlasting happiness.
• Lord Venkateswara Puja is the solution to all problems relating to financial debts or huge financial losses.
• This Puja improves all materialistic gains.
• Lord Venkateswara Puja removes physical pain and depression from the mind.
The ancient temple of Sri Venkateswara is situated on the seventh peak (Venkatachala) of Tirupati Mountain. It is located on the bank of Sri Swami Pushkarini. Due to being the owner of Sri Venkata hill, he came to be called Venkateswara. He is also known as the Lord of the Seven Mountains. Popular belief is hills of Tirupati-Tirumala represent the seven fauna of Sheshnag are called ‘Saptagiri.’ The temple of Lord Venkateswara is on the seventh hill of Sapthagiri, which is famous as Venkatadri. Lord Venkateswara resides in the garbhagrh (sanctum sanctorum) of the temple.
Venkateswara Tirupati Balaji Temple is very famous among the major religious places of the country. The Tirupati Balaji temple is famous as the Bhuloka Vaikuntam – the abode of Lord Vishnu on earth. Devotees believe that Lord Venkateswara resides in Tirumala with his wife Padmavati in this temple during this Kali Yuga to guide and direct his devotees towards salvation.
Tirupati Balaji temple is situated at 67-km from Chittoor in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is an important pilgrimage place in India. This historic shrine of Lord Venkateswara is famous worldwide and attracts pilgrims from all over the world. It is one of the richest temple in India. This temple has a grand history spanning several centuries. All the great Kings of the southern peninsula paid homage to Lord Venkateswara in this sacred shrine.
The origin of this temple is from the Vaishnava sect. This sect believes in the principle of equality and love. The description of the glory of this temple is found in various religious texts. However, Historians are still divided regarding the history of Tirupati as it is not clear whether it was established as a religious center by the 5th century. According to the local people, the kings of Chola, Hoysala, and Vijayanagara had a special contribution to the construction of this temple. The Pallava rulers of Kanchipuram conquered it in the 9th century, and the temple became particularly famous from the 15th century onwards.
• The idol, daily, is magnificently decorated with flowers, dresses, and ornaments.
• Golden ornaments are used for decorating the Lord from the massive stocks of the temple.
• Lord Venkateswara has silky hairs which do not get entangled and always remain fresh.
• The lamps burning in the Garbhagrh (Sanctum Santorum) never get extinguished. No one knows from how many thousands of years they have been burning.
• There is a village 23 km from the temple. Entry of outsiders is prohibited in that village. Flowers and other items like milk, ghee, butter, etc., brought from this village are only offered to Lord Venkateshwara.
The donation of their hair by devotees at the temple is an age-old practice. To do this, people of all ages, before having a darshan of the Lord, shave hairs of their heads near the temple premises. People come here to have darshan (Blessings) of the Lord on the occasion of Vaikuntha Ekadashi with the faith that all their sins will be washed away. It is a popular faith that after coming here, one gets freedom from the bond of birth and death. Lord Vishnu came to be called Venkateswara due to being the Lord of the Venkata hill. He is also called Lord of the Seven Mountains. Lord Venkateswara is known to be the only God who took birth to save the people from the troubles of Kaliyuga and will reside in the temple till the end of Kalyuga. Tirupati Balaji temple is also famous as Vaikuntha of Kalyuga.