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Why Lord venkateshwara has a white spot on the chin?

It is due to an action done by Anantāḻvār. (āḻvār is added as a suffix to great bhaktas in Vaishnava tradition like Garudāḻvār etc.,) Anantāḻvār is one of the disciples of Sri Ramanujacharya. After ...
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How much loan was given to Lord Venkateshwara by Kuber?

The loan given to Lord Venkateshwara by Kubera was 1.4 million in Ramamudra Coins. The loan was given under the condition if the debtor makes an executory note. The promissory note was dictated by ...
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Why does one get their head tonsured and offer the hair to Lord Venkateswara in Tirupati?

A small but popular story is there for this. When Lord Sri Venkateshawara (MahaVishnu/Balaji) was inside the snake-antHill on Tirumala , one sacred cow is to come and give milk to the Lord daily (...
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What is the reason/story behind Lord Sri Venkateshwara called as Balaji?

There is an interesting story behind the how Lord Venkateshwara got that name. This is not because of the confusion of who the deity in Tirumala is. Once upon a time, there was a controversy ...
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Is Malayappa Swamy Vigraha Swambhu/Self Manifested

Yes, Malayappa Swami is swayambhu or self manifest. Malayappa swami is also known as Utsava Beram because he is the processional deity of Tirumala. Malayappa swamy was discovered in a hill which is ...
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Tirupathi Laddu Prasadam

Laddu prasadam at tirumala temple is very famous. In fact there is a geographical patent taken by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam(TTD). There is no reference of laddu offering to the lord in puranas. ...
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Why is Shravana Nakshatram considered the "birth star" of Vishnu?

Shravana Nakshatra is the Birth Star of Lord Vamana, as it is in Srimad Bhagavatam, here: (SB.8.18.5) śroṇāyāṁ śravaṇa-dvādaśyāṁ muhūrte ’bhijiti prabhuḥ sarve nakṣatra-tārādyāś cakrus taj-janma ...
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Why does only Uppiliappan have "Mam Ekam Saranam Vraja" written on his hand?

This is a quite an old image of Sri Uppiliappan perumal, which is present at our home as well, and it does not have the "Charama sloka" printed on the right palm of the perumal. It might be that, his ...
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Who is Govindaraja and how is he related to Venkateshwara?

So according to sthalapurana (local story) when lord Venkateswara come to Tirupathi hills, he visited Vakuladevi, and she became his foster mother. As you already explained this is linked to Dwapara ...
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Which scripture contains the story of Lord Venkateswara?

The Skanda Purana has a lot about Venkateswara. From this chapter of the book "Essence of Skanda Purana" (hosted @ Kamakoti.org): Sage Suta prescribed an eight-fold Bhakti Route to Lord ...
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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?

No, the Alwars did not consider Venkateshwara to be both Vishnu and Shiva. The verse that people misinterpret as saying that is verse 63 of Peyalwar's Moondram Thiruvanthathi: tAzh saDaiyum ...
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In the legend about Venkateswara,what is the relationship between Vedavati and Padmavati?

From Skanda Purana: Varaha Deva described to Bhu Devi that Emperor Akash decided to perform a Grand Yagna on the banks of Arani and while tilling, he found a girl child and as he was issueless, ...
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Are non-Hindus allowed inside Tirumala Veṅkaṭēśwara Temple? Do they need to sign a waiver?

Yes, Non Hindus are allowed inside the Tirumala Veṅkaṭēśwara Temple. They need to sign a waiver that they have faith in Lord Veṅkaṭēśwara. This is not a religious restriction. This was passed by the ...
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How can Kubera give loan to Supreme God Vishnu/Venkateshwara?

It's just Vishnu's Lila.. You can see how farcical the situation is in this excerpt from the Sthala Purana (temple scripture) of Tirupati. Vishnu pretended to be so concerned about money that he didn'...
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Vow (Mokku) fulfillment in Tirupati

It does not happen to you, you beget it through your own actions or lack thereof. Such beliefs and traditions serve a more functional purpose, in addition to the divine context they are wrapped in. So,...
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What were the seven curses said by the goddesses to Lord Vishnu?

The Seven curses by the goddesses to Lord Vishnu seems to be untrue for sure. I will provide the list of arguments in favor and the facts that are in against the incident of curses by goddesses. ...
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How Lord venkateshwara and Shiva are different?

According to Hindu Mythology it so simple that parameshwara is other name of Lord shiva venkateshwara is Avatar of Lord Vishnu
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Why are Tirupati temple priests restricted from traveling overseas?

As I discuss in my question here, the Tirupati priests are members of the Vaikhanasa sect. So they wouldn't follow the Baudhayana Dharma Sutras, but rather the Vaikhanasa Dharma Sutras, which you can ...
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Is the temple at Tirumala really the abode of the Goddess Bala Tripurasundari?

No, the murti in Tirumala is that of Lord Vishnu. I quote from the book of Dr. N. Ramesan, who was the Chairman of TTD, see Chapter V of this book. Mother Lakshmi is carved out on the right chest of ...
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Is the temple at Tirumala really the abode of the Goddess Bala Tripurasundari?

A Srimperambudur manuscript also admits that the deity was worshiped as Shiva until the time of Rāmānuja and that ‘he established the forms of worship, of offering food, of bathing the deity and other ...
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Padmavathy consort of Lord Venkateshwara - Who was She?

Yes, Padmavati is the next birth of Vedavati.. Here is what Vishnu says in this excerpt from the Venkatachala Mahatmya of the Skanda Purana: Formerly, in the auspicious Treta Yuga, I killed Ravana. ...
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Who is Govindaraja and how is he related to Venkateshwara?

Lord Govindaraja is the God of the place Tirupathi. Venkateswara came to Tirupathi lately. If there are two Vishnu temples in one place, the one who was established first will be called as elder ...
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Was Lord Venkateshwara's second wife Bibi Nanchari really a Muslim?

Yes Bibi Nanchari was really a Muslim. She is not a second wife of Venkateswara as per scripture, but she is a Madura bhakthi devotee of Venkateswara like Andal. This question requires historical ...
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Seven doors or seven hills of Lord Vishnu (Venkateshwara)

Seven entrances or seven doors are a reference to the mystical plexuses or lotuses of yoga - the muldhara, svadhisthana, manipura, anahata, visuddha, ajna, and sahasrara. It is only after one has gone ...
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Should the Vyankatesh Stotra (Marathi) be read at midnight?

The only place where the "midnight" is referred is: देवीदास विनवी श्रोतया चतुरा | प्रार्थनाशतक पठण करा | जावया मोक्षाचिया मंदिरा | काही न लागती सायास || १०६ || एकाग्रचित्ते एकांती | अनुष्ठा...
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What is the purpose of Venkateshwar incarnation?

Sri Venkateshwara was not an incarnation of Mahavishnu, he was Mahavishnu incarnate. As his Mangalacharan states श्री वैकुण्ठ विरक्ताय स्वामि पुष्करिणी तटे | रमया रममाणाय वेन्कटेशाय मङ्गलम् || ...
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What scriptures describe the story of Vishnu's general, Vishvaksena?

Lord Vishvaksena is the attribute of Lord Vishnu and is mentioned in the 14th Verse of Vishnu Sahasranama as below: सर्वगः सर्व विद्भानुर्विष्वक्सेनो जनार्दनः । वेदो वेदविदव्यङ्गो वेदाङ्गो वेदवित्कविः...
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