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Online Balaji Pooja

This is a special pooja performed at Shree Balaji Mandir in Charkop, Mumbai, by devotees on their special days such as birthdays, anniversaries and other family occasions to invoke the blessings of Lord Venkateshwara on their families.

Balaji Pooja is performed by the priests of the temple, on behalf of the family members seeking the blessing of Shree Balaji, where 108 names of Lord Venkateshwara is recited, while simultaneously offering flowers to the Lord.

The devotees are asked to follow the priests in chanting the Vedic Mantras for self purification while he presents auspicious items like chandan, flowers, scented water, incense and camphor on behalf of the devotees. They are then given burning ghee lamps to offer to the Lord with their own hands and seek the blessings of Lord Venkateshwara by touching their heads on Shree Balaji’s charan or feet.

If you wish to seek such special blessing of Lord Venkateshwara for your family and yourself and are unable to visit Shree Balaji Temple at Mumbai, you may enroll for this pooja through ‘Online Balaji Pooja’. The pooja will be performed in your name and the prasadam will be sent to you via post.  

For more information, you may write to us at admin@shreebalajimandir.org

Why I should do Abhishekam

Abhishekam of Lord Venkateshwara is said to invoke divine blessings of Shree Balaji and attract cosmic energy resulting in the removal of evils from one’s life. When offerings are poured over the Lord’s idol, it is said to purify the soul of the devotee, the atmosphere and improve the health of the individual offering Abhishekam to the Lord.

Abhishekam tends to create a powerful, positive energy during the process, which also involves recitation of the Vedic Mantras for purification of vibrations in order to draw abundance towards those offering Abhishekam.

In general, the powerful aura created during Abhishekam of Lord Venkateshwara at Shree Balaji Temple, Mumbai, benefits each and every individual attending the ritual.

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Why I should do Anndanam

Annadanam is a noble cause where one donates food to people who need it the most to ensure his survival on earth. Hence Annadanam is Mahadanam, a mighty deed which is known to bring fame and glory in the 3 worlds or the ‘Triloka’.

Man cannot survive without food and the one who selflessly donates towards this cause truly does ‘pranadanam’ (gives life). Great deeds create great potential for the future and every positive action carries great energy to transform the dreams of many into reality. The deed of Annadanam is said to minimize the sins of the donor.

We, at Shree Balaji Temple, Charkop, are doing our best to serve mankind by offering energy in the form of nutritious food to the hungry to help them acquire new enthusiasm for a better tomorrow.

 

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Daily Worship Schedule

Each morning at 6:00, the Lord is woken up with the recitation of the Venkateshwara Suprabhatam followed by the ‘shodasha upacharam’ (16 vedic poojas). 108 names of the Lord are chanted along with offering of flowers and tulsi leaves at the Lotus feet of Lord Venkateshwara and then an Archana Pooja is performed.
Later, the idol of the Lord is bathed, dressed with fresh silk clothes and jewelery and offered camphor and chandan. Fresh garlands of flowers created by the devotees, following particular devotional standards, are then offered to the Lord.
By 7:30 am, deepa (oil lamp), dhoop (incense), fruits and milk sweets are offered in the balabhogam, followed by Rajabhoga, which is a delicious preparation offered to the Lord. At 6:00 in the evening, a variety of fruits is offered to the Lord which is called Sandhya Bhog.
The Lord is put to rest during Ekanta Seva with massaging of the Lotus feet of Lord Venkateshwara and recitation of devotional prayers and songs.

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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’

41 Days Mandala Pooja

 || Om Shree Venkateshwaraya Namaha ||

Do you have a serious medical condition? Are you suffering financial losses? Is your kid missing? Have you been looking for a life partner without much luck?

So, you tag yourself as unfortunate! And you believe that it is destiny and that you cannot go against the power of fate!

Wrong!

It is true that life comes to a standstill when various misfortunes and tragedies surround us. We feel lost and deceived of our happiness. But it can be changed! Absolutely the way You want it to be! As written in our Puranas, fortune can be changed by following a divine process called MANDALA POOJA.

MANDALA POOJA

It is unreasonable that the various poojas we get done by the Pujaris and Bhatjis, they get to reap 95% of the benefits of the pooja and a mere 5% is passed on to us, since we simply sponsor the entire process.

MAHAMANDAL POOJA will be done by you, which will earn you 100% benefit, without having to pay at all! This pooja is to be performed solely by anybody who wants to have his one wish fulfilled, in a PranPratishta temple built with uncompromised SHILPA SHAHSTRA, VASTU SHASTRA and AGAMA SHASTRA, like the Shree Balaji Temple in Mumbai…without the need to step out of Mumbai!

Procedure to be followed for MANDALA POOJA

  • MANDALA POOJA is a 41 days process
  • The devotee has to select a time, either during the first half or the second half of the day, when Shree Balaji Temple is open (between 6 am to 10 pm)
  • The devotee has to visit Shree Balaji Temple in Mumbai regularly for 41 days during the selected time slot, without missing a single day for any given reason, to complete the process
  • Once you have decided on the time, enter the temple with a whole ‘supari’ (beetle nut) and a beetle leaf with the stem intact and attached to the leaf and hand it to the pujari or the priest
  • Bring that one deepest desire you wish to be fulfilled, to your mind (do not speak it out)
  • Take 7 rounds of the temple while constantly chanting “OM VENKATESHWARYA NAMAHA” and keep your desire in your mind while doing so
  • After your 7 rounds are complete, take the beetle nut and leaf back from the pujari
  • Take it home and place it in your home temple for the next 41 days
  • Visit the temple every day for the next 41 days on the same time as the first day.

Important points to remember:

  • It is mandatory to visit the temple at the same time for the next 41 days. It is the most important practice to help manifest your desires faster.
  • There is an extension of 5 days for ladies due to their physiological system as they cannot visit the temple at that time. During those 5 days, ladies should write ‘Om Venkateshwaraya Namaha’ 108 times on a piece of paper, every day. After the 5 days are complete, they can visit the temple and put the paper in the hundi
  • Stay very clean for 41 days.
    1. do not eat non-vegetarian food or outside food for 41 days
    2. remain a ‘Bhramachari’ for 41 days
  • Do the Mandala Pooja with utmost faith and devotion
  • You will see the effects of your efforts from the 9th day itself, however, it varies from person to person
  • This pooja can be performed just once in your entire life time, hence, choose your wish carefully
  • Mandala Pooja is free of cost and can be performed by anybody

Shree Balaji Temple at Charkop, Mumbai 

Shree Balaji Temple in Mumbai is a perfect example of a temple built with uncompromised SHILPA SHAHSTRA, VASTU SHASTRA and AGAMA SHASTRA. Here, Lord Venkateshwara’s idol was installed with proper PRANA PRATISHTA. Hence, this is the perfect Temple in Mumbai to perform Mandala Pooja.

Over the years, we have witnessed thousands of devotees who have faithfully completed their Mandala Pooja and have seen their dreams miraculously coming true! There have been people who found their lost children, found their perfect life partner, and people whose business have taken off brilliantly after performing the Mandala Pooja.

There had been a terminally ill patient in the 3rd stage of cancer who managed to visit the temple, perform the Mandala Pooja for 41 days and found that his illness had reduced from 80% to 20%. Doctors claim it to be nothing less than a miracle!

Why I should do Archana

Gratitude is the most sublime way ahead in life. Offering an Archana at Shree Balaji Temple, to Lord Venkateshwara, is a way of saying thank you to the Lord for the wonderful things he has blessed us with, all our life. Be it good health, food, shelter, clothing, family, friends, money, job, and everything else that matter, we tend to take these beautiful everyday blessings for granted and forget to give thanks to the divine one.

Archana is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to the Gods. It is true that appreciating the things we already have in our lives pleases the Lord and he blesses us with more goodness. Offering pooja-archana to Lord Venkateshwara takes you to the next level in the path of spirituality. It is a divine way of worshipping Lord Venkateshwara and devotees offering Archana to the Lord are said to be honored in the court of Shree Balaji.

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Balaji Pooja

This is a special pooja performed at Shree Balaji Mandir in Charkop, Mumbai, by devotees on their special days such as birthdays, anniversaries and other family occasions to invoke the blessings of Lord Venkateshwara on their families.
Balaji Pooja is performed by the priests of the temple, on behalf of the family members seeking the blessing of Shree Balaji, where 108 names of Lord Venkateshwara is recited, while simultaneously offering flowers to the Lord.
The devotees are asked to follow the priests in chanting the Vedic Mantras for self purification while he presents auspicious items like chandan, flowers, scented water, incense and camphor on behalf of the devotees. They are then given burning ghee lamps to offer to the Lord with their own hands and seek the blessings of Lord Venkateshwara by touching their heads on Shree Balaji’s charan or feet.
If you wish to seek such special blessing of Lord Venkateshwara for your family and yourself and are unable to visit Shree Balaji Temple at Mumbai, you may enroll for this pooja through ‘Online Balaji Pooja’. The pooja will be performed in your name and the prasadam will be sent to you via post.  

For more information, you may write to us at admin@shreebalajimandir.org

History of Tirumala

The Pallavas of Kanchipuram (9th century AD),Cholas of Tanjore (10th century), Pandyas of Mathura and Vijayanagara Pradhans (14th & 15th centuries) were committed devotees of Lord Venkateswara. The statues of Sri Krishna Devaraya and his spouse stand gracefully within the premises of the temple.

 

After the decline of Vijayanagara Empire, kings from various states like the king of Mysore and Gadwal, worshiped the Lord as pilgrims and gifted various ornaments and valuables to the temple. Raghoji Bhonsle, the Maharastrian commander visited the temple and made a permanent arrangement regarding the regular poojas to be performed for the Lord.

 

In 1843 the temple gave up administrative authority of Venkateswara Temple along with the temples in the village, to the head of Hatthimji monastery in Tirumala. Till 1933 the administration of the temple had been wielded by the head of that monastery, Hathiram Mahantha.

 

In 1933 the Madras government appointed a Commission to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam through a special statutory authority to run the administration of the temple. In 1951 another Hindu Religious and Endowment Act was brought into execution which facilitated the appointment of an executive officer and Board of trustees and they run the administration. The executive officer of this institution in the South have been maintaining administration.

 

Epic Importance of Tirumala Hills

The Venkata hill is believed to be a part of the celestial Mount Meru brought down to Earth from Vaikuntam by Garuda (The Lord's Vahana or vehicle), say the Puranas. The Hills are said to be a manifestation of Adisesha (the cosmic serpent).The Seven hills of Tirumala are the said to represent the Seven hoods of Adisesha.

 

Many Alvars , Vaishnavacharyas and Saints have praised the Tirumala Hill with great devotion. Tirumala Mambi, a descendent of the great ascetic Narada, spent his whole life in serving the Lord.

 

References to the Tirumala are also found in several of Puranas. Tirumala is one of the 108 sacred shrines of the Sri Vaishanava tradition. According to the Puranas, Lord Vishnu stayed on Earth for some time in the Avatar of Swetha Varaha and rose out of Pushkarini as Swayambhuva. His spouse Lakshmi Devi appeared in Thirucharnur. This Swetha Varaha Avatharam was installed in the temple situated to the west of Swamy Pushkarni. The great religious leader Ramanujacharya visited this shrine on a pilgrimage and systematized the process of worship in accordance with the SriVaishnava that continues till date.