I always get fascinated by the stories related to the temples.The first post i read on sandhya’s blog was about temples,i liked that post of hers.This post is a small attempt of what i know about few temples which i have visited and few temples about which i have read.
Chilkur balaji temple is the oldest temple built during the Akkanna and Madanna, the uncles of Bhakta Ramadas and its presiding diety is Lord Venkateswara Swamy (Sri Balaji).This temple is one of the temple which has Sthala Puranam (literal meaning: the legend of the place).The Sculptors who built Golconda have built this temple during night without the knowledge of the Nizam king.The legend goes like this–
There was a devotee who used to visit tirupati very year by walk from this village where the temple is located now.He took darshan of Lord very year without fail.Slowly he was getting old and he was not in a position to go to tirupati.Lord balaji came in his dream and told him not to worry because he is there in his village,inside an ant hill near his fields.
The devotee called people to that anthill and started digging the anthill.And the crowbar struck the idol on the chest and blood started oozing from the anthill.Then they heard a voice to pour milk in the anthill.The devotee and others poured milk on the idol and came out the small idol of Lord Balaji with the divine consorts Sreedevi and Bhoodevi near his feet on the same idol on either sides.This idol is very rare of its kind,usually they are three idols of lord balaji,sreedevi and bhoodevi but this idol has all three in one.
A small temple was built there.All devotees are equal in the eyes of Chilkur balaji temple,there are no paid darshan and there is only one queue.The only separate queue is for aged devotees and children.
There is another uniqueness of this temple is that there are no hundies in the temple,no donations are entertained.The money to run the temple comes from the fields owned by the temple and the sale of books and a magazine called VAK which gives information about the temples in hyderabad and India.
The endowment department of Andhra Pradesh tried to take this temple under but they failed in taking over it.This is the only temple which is not commercialized by way of special darshan and so on.The temple was not that popular till 1990’s,once the temple started getting large number of devotees the endowment department wanted to take over the temple and its earnings.A case was fought for 2 years and won.
A website was created to get online petitions from the people for not giving the temple to the endowment department.Check here for more details.
43000 – Signatures on Petition
3000 – Opinion Mails
200 – Live Public Opinions &
2 years Struggle
Chilkur balaji temple is also knows as visa god or VISA venkanna.Most of the aspirants who wants to go to US used to visit this temple before going for visa interview and thus used to succeed in getting Visas. To get wish fulfilled one has to make 11 pradakshanas around the temple. The devotees have to make 108 pradakshanas around the temple after the wish is fulfilled.