Temples of India -
Temples Of Tirupati balaji
Tirumala is where the Venkateswara (Sri Balaji) temples are located.
Tirumala is located on Vyenkata Hill at an altitude of 2,800 feet. This
temple is one of the most important Vishnu temples in India and is also
the richest. It is the most visited temples in India. This magnificent
temple is located 20 km up a hill from Tirupati.
The worship in the temple is performed by Sri-sampradaya Vaishnava
Brahmins, in the line of Ramanujacarya. The Venkateswara temple is 126.5m
(414 ft) long, 80m (263 ft) wide, and covers an area of 2.2 acres.
Balaji, whose eyes are covered with the wide Ramanuja tilaka. Many people
consider that one's life is not successful without visiting this temple at
Lord Venkateswara is an impressive 2 metre (6 feet) high Deity, who stands
on a lotus that is placed directly on the ground. The Deity is known as
Venkateswara or Balaji. Lords Venkateswara is a self-manifested Deity.
Balaji is made of a jet-black stone. His diamond crown, made in Antwerp, the
diamond capital of the world, is said to be the single most valuable piece
of jewelry in the world.
This form of the Lord is known for fulfilling any desire a devotee may
express to Him. It is also said that His eyes are covered because His gaze
would scorch the entire world.
The deity wears very precious jewelry. The Lord wears a big emerald called "Meru
Pacha", which is 3 inches in diameter and is considered to be the
biggest emerald in the world.
- Temples Of Ramseswaram
Rameswaram is located at the southeastern end of the Indian Peninsula.
Rameswaram is on an island, which is the shape of a conch shell, 55km by 12
km, in the Gulf of Mannar. The island is sanctified by the footprints of
a major Lord Siva temples here called the Ramanathaswami Temples. This name
indicates that Lord Siva is a great personality, whose worshipable Deity is
Lord Rama. There are 22 teerthams (tanks) in the temples in which pilgrims
traditionally bathe in before seeing the deities.
It is said that the Siva-linga in the Ramananthaswame Temples were
installed by Sri Rama on His return to the mainland from the island of
Lanka, after killing Ravana. Rama sent Hanuman to Mount Kailash to get the
linga. Since Hanuman was late when the auspicious time for installation
neared, Sita made a Siva-linga out of sand. This linga was then installed by
Rama and is known as the Rama-linga, because it was installed by Lord Rama.
At that time Hanuman came with the Siva-linga from Kailash. He was
disappointed to find a linga already installed. Ram told Hanuman that he
could remove the linga made by Sits and install the one that he brought in
its place. Hanuman took hold of the linga with his hands and could not move
it. He then wrapped his tail around it and tried to pull the lings out, but
it did not move. The lings is said to still have the marks of Hanuman's tail
on it. To pacify Hanuman, Rama had the lings that he brought, the
Viswa-linga. He ordered that puja (worship) be performed first to the