Devotional Activities for Shree Balaji

Devotional Activities for Shree Balaji

Tonsuring

Devotees of Shree Balaji offer their hair to the Lord as a symbol of sacrifice of one’s ego at the feet of Lord Venkateshwara in Tirupati. Tonsuring means cutting or shaving of the hair on the scalp partly or completely in devotion to the Lord. This sacrifice is followed by a dip in the holy Pushkarni followed by a Darshan of Shree Balaji at the main temple. Tonsure is done at Kalyana Katta which is a large structure of four levels at Tirupati (opposite to Annadanam Complex). Other than this, there are 17 sub-centers for tonsuring and devotees may request tonsuring at the cottages where they are put up.

Walking up to Tirumala through the Hills

Walking up the hills to reach Tirumala is a practice which many pilgrims undertake in order to fulfill vows they may have taken. To make it a comfortable journey, Tirumala -Tirupati Devasthanam have constructed a footpath from Alipiri to Tirumala of approximately 3500 steps which takes about 2 and a half hours to make it all the way to the top at the temple premises.

Angapradakshinam

Angapradakshinam is performed by devotees at the Vimana Pradakshinam. Devotees have to first take a dip in the holy Pushkarni at 2’o’clock in the morning first and reach the main Temple gate where they have to lay prostrate on one of the pathway and roll around the temple while chanting the Lord’s name. The main objective of this activity is for devotees to offer thanks to the Lord for their well being. Angapradakshinam is restricted to Saturdays and Sundays and also when there is a heavy flux of pilgrims.

Tulabharam

Tulabharam is especially performed by parents for the well being of their children. Tulabharam is offering one’s weight in coins or other items such as food grains, sugar, etc as per one’s vow to the Lord. The queue for Tulabharam starts from Vaikuntham Queue Complex or PC Queue Complex.

Niluvudopidi

Niluvudopidi means offering to the Lord, the ornaments he/she is wearing at the time of taking a vow. The objective of Niluvudopidi is to sacrifice one’s belongings to the Lord with the philosophy, ‘what is mine, belongs to the Lord’