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The Vishnu deity worshipped in the Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple in Tirupati, also known as Balaji or Srinivasa

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What scriptures describe the story of Vishnu's general, Vishvaksena?

It is well-known that Shiva's son Ganesha is the general of Shiva's army of Ganas. What's not as well-known, however, is that Vishnu also has an army, led by the god Vishvaksena. Vishvaksena plays ...
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Why Lord venkateshwara has a white spot on the chin?

Lord venkateshwara is adorned with white camphor (that looks like a white spot) on his chin. What is the story behind this application of camphor at his chin & what's the significance of this?
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Should the Vyankatesh Stotra (Marathi) be read at midnight?

As per the translation of the Vyankatesh Stotra that I came across online (blog) it must be read at midnight to fulfill wishes. Can someone who understands Marathi please confirm how an anushthan for ...
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Who is the sage Pundarika who saw Vishnu coming out of a Shiva Linga?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just passed by a Vishnu temple in the town of Thiruparkadal in Tamil Nadu. Thiruparkadal is Tamil for "ocean of milk" (Kshirsagara in Sanskrit), referring to the ...
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Few questions about Lord Venkateshwara temple [closed]

Priests in venkateshwara temples chant in Tamil like 'palland palland...' In other temples, slokas chanted might chant in sanskrit. Priests allotted in venkateswara temples are mostly tamilians. And, ...
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Is there a reference for the pasurams sung during the jeeyar sevai at Tirupati?

Every morning, there is a special darshan at Tirupati for the jeeyar (head) of a traditional mutt at Tirumala. Other Srivaishnavite brahmins too may be permitted to accompany the jeeyar to serve as ...
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Is the temple at Tirumala really the abode of the Goddess Bala Tripurasundari?

One astrologer at Kakinada told us that Lord Venkateswara is actually the Goddess Bala Tripurasundari, with long hair at the back. Hence the name Balaji! Here's the experience of Swami Brahmananda at ...
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Was Lord Venkateshwara's second wife Bibi Nanchari really a Muslim?

Was Lord Venkateshwara's second wife Bibi Nanchari really a Muslim? I searched the wiki, but didn't find any answer to my question.
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What were the seven curses said by the goddesses to Lord Vishnu?

It is believed that when Lord Vishnu took the avatar of Venkateshwara Swamy, the goddesses (Lord Vishnu's two wives) gave seven curses to Him. For each curse, Lord Vishnu took one step back from them ...
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Did Lakshmi (Sri Devi) know about the marriage of Sreenivasa and Padmavathi in prior according to Skanda purana?

Lord Vishnu took the form of Sreenivasa and resided near Tirupathi. He married the daughter of Akasa Raja, named Padmavathi. According to the Skanda Purana, did Lakshmi know about the marriage between ...
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How Lord venkateshwara and Shiva are different? [closed]

How lord venkateshwara and parameshwara are different.
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Physical characteristics of Murthi in Tirumala?

Good day. What are the physical characteristics of the Murthi in Venkateswara Temple, Tirumala that is similar to other gods such as Shiva, Shakti, Vishnu, Surya, Skanda and Ganapati. For example, ...
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Vow (Mokku) fulfillment in Tirupati

Scenario: A devotee prays to Tirupati Venkateswara Swamy for accomplishing some task. He takes a vow (mokku) that he will visit the Temple after his task gets accomplished without any obstacles. His/...
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What is Shri Venkateshwara Mangalasasana stotram recited for?

What is Shri Venkateshwara Mangalasasana Stotram recited for? Where can I find original text with meaning? (as it's hard to find flawless text on internet)
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Where is the story of Yashoda's complaining not witnessing Krishna's marriages found?

There is a story in relation to Lord Balaji that mother Yashoda could not witness Krishna's marriages and when she was at death bed, she desired that she may witness Krishna's marriage at least in ...
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How much loan was given to Lord Venkateshwara by Kuber?

In the story of Lord Venkateshwara, He had taken loan from Kuber in order to marry Padmavati. Kubera gave the loan on the condition that Vishnu cannot return to Vaikuntha (heavenly abode) without ...
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Why does only Uppiliappan have "Mam Ekam Saranam Vraja" written on his hand?

Most people only know about the Venkateshwara form of Vishnu (AKA Balaji or Srinivasa) in connection to the deity of the world-renowned Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple in Tirupati. But that is not the ...
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Who is Govindaraja and how is he related to Venkateshwara?

Tirupati is most commonly associated with the world-renowned Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple. But there is another Vishnu temple in Tirupati, the Govindaraja Swami Temple. (This isn't the only ...
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Where is written that name of Lord Vishnu or Venkateswara is Balaji? [duplicate]

Where in the Hindu scriptures of Vaishnava sects or Vishnu Sahasranama written that name of Lord Vishnu is Balaji? It appears that this is not the name of Shri Vishnu or Venkateswara
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Who did Vishnu appear before in Thiruvahindrapuram, Bhumidevi or Bhumadevi?

I'm currently visiting India, and I went to the town of Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu. It contains a place called Thiruvahindram, one of the 108 Divya Desams. As I discuss in this question, the Alwars (...
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Does BIBI Nanchari has any scriptural evidence? [duplicate]

Many people in South India believes that Bibi Nanchari is a female goddess married to Venkateswara and belongs to the Muslim religion. Is there any scriptural evidence for her or just created in ...
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Which period did Lord Vishnu descend to Tirupathi as Venkateshwara?

There's a famous story about this when Rishis were performing yagam for welfare of the people in Kaliyuga, Maharishi Bhirgu hit Lord Vishnu's chest on seeing who's the supreme. Upon hitting Vishnu's ...
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What are the names of Lord Srinivasa residing in the seven hills of Tirupathi?

Tirupathi consists of seven hills. What are the names of the individual seven hills and what are the synopsis of these hills? What are the names of the five Srinivasans residing in these seven hills?
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If some of the early Alwars used to consider Venkateswara as Shiva and Vishnu both then what's the proof of it?

Venkateswara, AFAIK, is a form of Lord Vishnu. And, Alwars a group of Tamil Vaishnavite saints. But, the article, Sri Venkateswara on the Kamakotimandali.org, says that initially, the Alwars used to ...
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Which scripture contains the story of Lord Venkateswara?

Which authentic Hindu scripture contains the total story of Lord Venkateswara? From where one can read it?
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What is the reason/story behind Lord Sri Venkateshwara called as Balaji?

There are many names with which the Lord Venkateswara is called. Of course the sahasranama is devoted to Lord Vasudeva and all his avatars and the one in the question is definitely included. Leaving ...
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Origin of the name of Lord Balaji [duplicate]

Does the name Lord Balaji come from Lord of 'Bal Lao Jee' (please bring hair), which later transformed to Balaji? I am trying to find the origin of this specific name of Lord Vishnu
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Which purana states the story of Neela Devi lending hair to Lord Vishnu for covering scar?

Which Puranas has the story of Neela Devi giving hair to Lord Vishnu for covering his scar on head? This is the story famous for giving hair at Tirupati Venkateshwara temple.
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Are there any English translations of the Bhavishyottara Purana or just the Srinivasa Kalyana section?

Most people are only familiar with the Bhavishya Purana, one of the 18 Mahapuranas (major Puranas) which deals primarily with prophecies about the future. But the Bhavishya Purana also comes with an ...
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Tirupathi Laddu Prasadam

Why laddus are offered as prasadam to Lord Vishnu(i.e Lord Venkateswara) in Tirumala? Is there any reason or story behind this tradition.
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Why lord Venkateshwara's name is not listed in the avatars of vishnu? [duplicate]

Why is lord Venkateshwara name not listed in avatar of Vishnu?
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Lord of Happiness Venkateshwara, Godess Mahalakshmi devi and Lord of Wealth Kuberan [duplicate]

I want to know why that Lord Venkateshwara swamy got the credit from Lord Kubera however Goddess Mahalakshmi is wife of MahaVishnu itself.
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Seven doors or seven hills of Lord Vishnu (Venkateshwara)

What do the seven doors of Vaikuntam symbolize for us? I couldn't find any answer. I heard it in a movie that humans should cross the seven doors to finally reach the Lord. I also read in an article ...
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What is the story of the seven young male figures shown in Tirupati's inner Gopuram?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just went to the world-famous Tirumala Venkateshwara temple in Tirupati. I noticed something interesting in the Nadimipadi Kavali, the white inner Gopuram of the ...
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Padmavathy consort of Lord Venkateshwara - Who was She?

Sri Venkateshwara was married to the adopted daughter of Akasha Raja Padmavathy Devi (Alamelu Manga). Padmavathy Devi was so named because She appeared at Padma Sarovar at Pushkarini in the Seshachala ...
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Is Malayappa Swamy Vigraha Swambhu/Self Manifested

Swayambhu Vigraha means incarnated figure or an idol which has no human involvement in its creation, generally such Idols/figures are more important and considered to be more sacred than man-made ...
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Are non-Hindus allowed inside Tirumala Veṅkaṭēśwara Temple? Do they need to sign a waiver?

Are non-Hindus allowed inside Tirumala Veṅkaṭēśwara Temple? I heard that for a non-Hindu to enter the temple, they need to sign a waiver. Is this true? Also, is it a recent development or restriction? ...
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Brahmotsavam in Tirupati only and not in other divyadesams

Why Brahmotsavam is celebrated in Tirupati in Aswayuja or Asvin or Purattasi month? Why not in other 105 Divyadesams? Any puranic reference.
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What is the purpose of Venkateshwar incarnation?

Generally, Gods incarnate for some specific reasons like, destruction of some evil forces, to enlighten people with knowledge, establish dharma, etc. We have seen the same in case of most of Lord ...
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How can Kubera give loan to Supreme God Vishnu/Venkateshwara?

Since Lord Vishnu is considered supreme God of universe (at-least from Vaishnava's perspective), so each and every part of universe comes under him. If this is the case how can Kubera lend huge ...
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Why isn't Lord Venkateswara included in avatars of Lord Vishnu? [duplicate]

Why isn't Lord Venkateswara included in avatars of Lord Vishnu even though Lord Venkateswara is a form of Lord Vishnu?
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Avatarams of God [duplicate]

Lord Ranganatha of srirangam or srirangapatna and Lord Venkatachalapathy of Tirupati are not coming under ten Avatars of God Vishnu. Why is it so? Any reference from puranas will be of great help to ...
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What's the reason behind Venkateshwara's unusual urdhwapundra?

There are two unusual aspects of Lord Venkateshwara's Urdhwapundra 1) The size of UrdhwaPundra: The Urdhwpundra covers more than 30% of Lord's face, while normally it should cover around 10%. The ...
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What is the earliest reference to Vedanta Desikan being an incarnation of Venkateshwara's bell?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The 4000 verses of the Alwars were compiled by ...
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In the legend about Venkateswara,what is the relationship between Vedavati and Padmavati?

In the legend about Venkateswara, he marries Padmavati. There is mention about Vedavati. What is the relationship between Vedavati and Padmavati?
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Why does one get their head tonsured and offer the hair to Lord Venkateswara in Tirupati?

Many Hindus who visit Tirumala Venkateswara temple in Tirupati get their head tonsured and offer their hair to Lord Venkateswara. Why is this tradition followed? Why is it only followed in ...
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What is the story of the cowherd who died of shock after Shrinivasa's Darshan?

In story of Srinivasa/Venkateswara,a Cowherd loses prana by the shocking Darshan of Shriman Narayana. The cowherd must be very lucky man to have died after having darshan of Shriman Narayana and he ...
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Why Padmavathi not stayed with Lord Venkateshwara swamy on Seven Hills in Tirumala instead stayed at Tiruchanoor?

Why Goddess Padmavathi not stayed with Lord Venkateshwara swamy on Seven Hills in Tirumala instead stayed/settled at Tiruchanoor? When Goddess Sri Lakshmi met Padmavathi? At which instance or what ...
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Why are Tirupati temple priests restricted from traveling overseas?

From this news article: When Pandit Venkatacharilu Samudrala first headed West 32 years ago, he wasn't steered by visions of the good life. In fact, Samudrala strongly resisted joining the newly ...
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What is the temple for a "family goddess" in Tirupati that was established by Vishnu himself?

I think there's a temple to some goddess in the vicinity of Tirupati that was established by Vishnu himself. Let me explain. As I discuss in this question, the book "Venkatachala - Its Glory" by G.V....