Sunday, September 27, 2009

Tirupati Laddu Facts

  1. Around 150,000 laddus are made daily.
  2. One laddu is given free to each devotee; the number of daily devotees that visit the temple is around 50,000.
  3. A devotee can buy extra two laddus – a laddu costs 5 rupees.
  4. The revenue from the sale of laddu annually is more than 11 million rupees.
  5. Each laddu weighs around 100gms and is huge when compared with the normal laddu found in shops.
  6. There is a super huge Tirupati Laddu known as Kalyana Laddu and it weighs around 500gms – ½ a kilogram.
  7. Single largest laddu made is said to have weighed 32 kg.
  8. The tradition of Tirupati Laddu is nearly 300 years old.
  9. It is prepared by special hereditary priests known as archakas in special temple kitchen known as ‘potu’.
  10. Ingredients used in Tirupati Laddu are Besan flour (kadalai mavu), Sugar, Cashew nuts, Cardamom, Ghee, Oil, Sugar candy, Raisins and Almonds.
  • On a day around 5000 kg of Besan flour is used.
  • Sugar around 10000 kg.
  • Cashew nuts around 600 kg.
  • Cardamom 150 kg
  • Ghee 300 liters
  • Sugar candy 400 kg
  • Raisins 540 kg

The ingredients are bought at the auction at the Commodities and Spices Exchange in Kochi.

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTDs) the administrating body of the temple is planning to patent the Tirupati Laddu to stop counterfeits.

Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanam gets copyright for Tirupati laddoo

The Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanam has got geographical indication(GI) certificate for Tirupati laddoo offered as prasadam to devotees at the Lord Venkateswara temple in Tirumala hills. This copyright means no one can make and sell laddoos as Tirupati prasadams within a specified territory.

The TTD had applied for GI with the Chennai-based Geographical Indication Registry in March last year. The certification was completed recently.

Mr G. L.Verma, assistant registrar of trademarks and GI, told reporters at his Chennai office that "We have granted the GI certificate for Tirupati laddoo to the TTD". This laddoo "is now protected under law and none can copy it and market it under the same name".

He explained that under GI, the right to marketing the certified product is tied to a definite geographical territory and the product should be produced or processed or prepared in that territory. Part of the Intellectual Property Rights, the GI tag provides legal protection and empowers the holder to take legal action in case of infringement.

In its application seeking the GI tag, TTD had said that the size and flavour "are typical characteristics of Tirupati laddoo." They are not produced anywhere in the world and "are unique in terms of quality, reputation and other characteristics, which go into its making."

Speaking to mediapersons in Tirupati, TTD chairman D K Audikesavulu and TTD executive officer I Y R Krishna Rao said the GIR certificate will effectively curb the fake laddoo menace.

The temple kitchen prepares approximately 1.5 lakh laddoos a day. The production is increased by 50 to 75 percent on peak days.

Earlier, the price of a laddoo was just Rs 10 a piece. In the last two years, it has gone up to Rs 25. Its size varies, depending on the purpose for which it is used. Small laddoos are distributed to devotees free, but a regular or medium-sized laddoo is sold across the counter. The large ones are called 'kalyana Laddoos'.


Tirupati Venkateswara Swami abhishek secret video

real video taken from a cd issed by ttd in 1970

Tirupati Center of Hope Orphanage

The Tirupati Center of Hope is home to 20 girls. Each one has lost their parent(s) to AIDS and have no one who is able to care for them. At the Center they not only receive the love and nurture they need, they are also educated, and have their needs met.

World’s Richest God is flooded with gold and diamonds

I pray to the world's richest God to sprinkle some richness in my lap too! An Indian God is weighed down, not only with the prayers and requests of the millions of followers, but also with more than 11,000 kg of gold, ornaments and other precious jewels. On any given day, the 8ft main idol of Lord Venkateswara of Tirumala is decked up with at least 60-70 kg of gold ornaments. Just a single crown weighs about 30 kg. The temple, also known as Tirupati Venkateswara Temple, is the richest and the most visited place of worship of Hindus in the world.

Just last month, the reigning deity in Tirupati was offered a new and the most expensive gold crown studded with precious diamonds. The crown, made of 32 kilograms of pure gold and 70,000 diamonds was offered by the state’s minister for tourism and a well known industrialist. The crown cost $9 million, making it the biggest offering to the Tirumala temple. What makes the 2.5 feet long crown even more precious and valuable is the big emerald studded at its forehead. The 890 carat emerald was imported from Africa and has cost almost half a million dollars ($400,000) to the donor.

Why people visit Tirupati Venkateswara Balaji..?

There is an interesting story that Kubera has granted a huge amount of loan to Lord Balaji, the highest diety in kaliyug, for his marriage and Lord Balaji agreed to repay the interest from the collections of temple at Tirupati, Andra Pradesh State, India. We don't know how far the story is true. But, Hindu people have got much faith on Lord Balaji who is also known as Lord Venkateshwara.
It is said that a turning point will come in the life of a suffering person, if he visits this temple once. Many people regularly visit the temple before performing a good deed or before starting a new business. Common people will also make a visit to this temple with a hope that something good will happen in their life. The tourists from all the countries and all the parts of India come to Tirupati and like to have the darshan of Lord Venkateshwara.

Many businessmen give a share of profit to this temple, on a regular basis. By the grace of Lord Balaji, the impossible things are made possible and the delighted people want to thank him in the form of putting some money in the Hundi at the temple. The daily Hundi collections exceed Rupee one crore and some people put gold, silver coins and jewellery also in the Hundi.
The people stand in long queues patiently, to have the darshan for few seconds. People believe that Lord Venkateshwara will come to our rescue if we give him a call and relieve us from our problems, whether we are a strong devotee or not. Many people give a vow to the Lord that they will visit Tirupati temple and leave the ego by tonsure, that is giving away the prestigious hair. Some people engage in fasting and do prayers to Lord venkateshwara to win his grace.

Some people like to walk from foot of the Tirupati hills. Some people visit tirupati, before starting arrangement for marriage, to submit the wedding card at the lotus feet of Lord Balaji.
Special types of darshan facilities are also available. The VIPs and rich people make use of these to have the sacred darshan of Lord Balaji. On holidays, Saturdays and Sundays, there will be heavy rush. Special transport facilities are available from all parts of India, for visiting Tirupati. Also, advance booking for darshan can be made from many places and online booking facilities are also available. The most auspicious function in Tirupati is the brahmotsavam festival and devotees from all over India and even from foreign countries, will be awaiting eagerly, to visit Tirupati at the time of this festival. It is believed that the creator of mankind the Lord Brahma first conducted this festival and hence, named as brahmotsavam. Normally, in the month of October, brahmotsavam is celebrated for a period of nine days. The rite of ankurarpana, that is sowing of seeds is performed in the evening, with a puja for Sri Vishvaksena, who removes obstacles, before commencement of brahmotsavam.

On the first day, the commencement of brahmotsavam is marked by hoisting of the garuda flag at the Dhvajastambham. By this, Garuda will reach devalokam to invite all devas for this function.
Daily homas and procession of utsava murthi on different chariots are performed on all the nine days. The last day is the Birth star of Lord Balaji and so, it is celebrated very grandly with special alankarams and abishekams. The sudharshana chakra is bathed in pushkarani and the devotees are blessed with the holy water dripping down from this chakra which is placed on a high platform. The lowering of garuda flag is known as dhvajavarohanam, which marks the end of the festival. The common people join with the priests and pay respects to Gods and Sages. Ther Veda Mantras are chanted by all. The festival is really a feast for millions of devotees.

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Lord Venkateswara - Tirupati Balaji

The idol of Lord Vishnu, just to have a glimpse of whom people from different parts of India ...different parts of the world rushes to come and stand in queue for hours after hours is Tirupati Venkateswara.

Lord Venkateswara of Tirupati is believed as the last incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is in the southern Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, 130 kms from the Chennai (Madras), on Tirumala hills from where Lord Venkateswara - popularly known as Balaji - showering his eternal blessing and kindness to the mankind. He is believed to be the one of the manifestation of Lord Vishnu.

The Tirumala Tirupati temple of Lord Venkateswara Balaji in Andhra Pradesh attracts millions of visitors every year. The deity is Extremely Lively and people keeps on standing hours after hours on the queue for offering pooja. This is one of the common belief in the mind of people that whatever you will give to Lord Venkateswara of Tirupati in the name of Puja, God will return you several multiple of that.