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    Did you know the Tirumala temple, that collected Rs 100 cr last month, hosts 50K pilgrims every day?

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    ISRO Chairman K Sivan sought blessings at the shrine before the Chandrayaan 2 launch.

    Between Tingal Divasams and Visesha Divasams, the Tirumala Temple observes approximately 433 festivals across 365 days for devotees and visitors alike.
    Prior to the planned Chandrayaan 2 lunar mission launch on Monday, ISRO Chairman K Sivan sought divine blessings at the famed 2000-year old hill shrine.



    As is tradition before every space mission, ISRO Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan sought Lord Balaji’s blessings at the Tirumala Temple two days before Chandrayaan-2 was set to launch. Sivan was accompanied by a few ISRO scientists and a replica of Chandrayaan-2. While the lunar mission was later called off due to a technical snag, here are a few lesser-known facts about the temple that Sivan and his team sought blessings at:

    A Haunt for Space Bosses
    For almost two decades, the top brass at ISRO have offered prayers at both Tirumala temple and the Chengalamma temple in Nellore before every crucial launch from the Satish Dhawan space centre in Sriharikota.

    Former ISRO chief G Madhavan Nair sought divine blessings before the Chadrayaan mission in 2008 and then in 2013, the former ISRO chairman K Radharkishnan visited the shrine with a replica of the Mars Orbiter Mission.

    K SivanAgencies
    As is tradition before every space mission, ISRO Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan sought Lord Balaji’s blessings at the Tirumala Temple two days before Chandrayaan-2 was set to launch.


    A Wealth of Riches
    The 2000-year old Tirumala temple attracts 50,000 to one lakh pilgrims on a daily basis. On special occasions like the annual Brahmotsavam, the number of devotees goes up to approximately 4-5 lakhs. Due to the sheer number of pilgrims who come to worship and donate to the Srivari Hundi on a regular basis, Tirumala is said to be amongst the richest temples in the world.

    Last month, it registered a Hundi collection of Rs. 100.37 crore collected from 24.66 lakh pilgrims, an increase from the Rs. 91.81 crore in June 2018. In 2010, the temple deposited 1,075 kg of gold with SBI amassed from gold offerings given by devotees. The following year, it deposited 1,175 kg of gold.

    A Paradise of Festivals
    Between Tingal Divasams and Visesha Divasams, the Tirumala Temple observes approximately 433 festivals across 365 days for devotees and visitors alike. Tingal divasams are specials days of monthly occurrence in concurrence of certain auspicious stars occurring every month either in bright or dark fortnights while Visesha Divasams are special days relating to auspicious stars commemorating the birth of Alwars, Acharyas and incarnations of Lord.

    Akash Ambani Seeks Blessings From Siddhivinayak Temple With Fiancée

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    The Happy Couple

    The Ambani scion Akash Ambani looks visibly happy in the company of his soon-to-be-wife, Shloka Mehta. Mehta is the daughter of diamond magnate Russell Mehta. The wedding is likely to be held in December 2018.

    (Image: Instagram)

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    3 Comments on this Story

    Suresh Kamath350 days ago
    Good Info of this RICHEST TEMPLE in India and hope Lord Balaji grant the best of Blessings to the Devotees who Visit the Temple and also those who CANNOT visit yet seek Blessings of the Lord Balaji
    Jai Balaji
    Pavan Joshi388 days ago
    What''s the point with such collection...? when Prasad also has to be purchased. Devotion of devotees is nothing more than a business for trustees and the state. Tirupati temple has been making money for a very long time now, not sure anyone knows of it''s contribution to any of noble causes....
    Patel Amit390 days ago
    is this temple doing any charity work also. .. ...
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