Lord Venkateshwara Temple at Tirupathi.
Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam is one of the most popular Hindu shrines in the country. The temple dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara at Tirumala is perched at a height of 874 m above sea level and 15 km north-west of Tirupati, which is another temple town. Tirupathi is located at the foot of the seven hills of the Eastern Ghats in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.
The 12th-century Vaishnavite shrine is one of the richest shrines of the world, the annual income of the temple being more than six billion rupees. Often referred as the ‘Vatican of the East’, the number of the visiting pilgrims and the wealth the temple town offers in terms of religious, cultural and natural splendour, make it an unsurpassed pilgrimage site.
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (తిరుమల తిరుపతి దేవస్థానములు) is an independent trust which manages the Sri Venkateshwara temple at Tirumala, Tirupati. The chairman of the board is nominated by the state government of Andhra Pradesh. Hindus believe that this richest Hindu temple is the second most visited religious center after Vatican City. About 60,000 to 150,000 devotees visit the temple complex every day for the auspicious darshan (visit) of the deity donating nearly $2 million every month.
Complex queueing theories and emerging technologies have been evaluated and implemented to manage the large and unmanageable crowds by the TTD. The deity has also over 1000 kg of gold and diamond jewellery, making it one of the richest temple treasures. TTD has procured machines from MICO BOSCH to automate the making of Laddus, a sweet which is offered as Lord's prasadam.
Tirumala possibly has the most elaborate arrangement in India to sequence and guide visiting devotees through the holy shrine. Due to the ever increasing rush of devotees during all 365 days in a year.There are never fewer then 50,000 pilgrims here at any time in a single day. The total number of pilgrims even goes up to 700,000 in a day. The temple staff alone amounts to a number of 18,000. The popularity of the temple can be judged by the annual income which is around six billion rupees.Tirumala temple is the richest temple in the world after Vatican City.
I took this picture from a terrace of a hotel, went there as a probable customer and took thi. Otherwise thay charge i would suppose to have paid $10 for ten minutes of photo session! This was taken at 4PM, when the golden temple litterally glows!.
Nikon f-90X, with 28-105mm lens, with poalarizing filter.