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    About Bala Ji

    Balaji is an incarnation of VishnuVishnuVishnu
    Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,..
    and is famously known as Venkateswara, meaning a Supreme Lord who destructs all the sins. On earth, Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh is considered as his humble abode.

    Depiction

    Balaji is a four-armed God who holds his weapon chakra in one hand which is a symbol of power and a conch in another representing existence. His other two hands are in blessing-giving gestures. To gain blessings, his devotees must surrender themselves to the deity. He is depicted as a dark complexion God and his idols are black in color. He is ornamented with various gold jewelry and his shrine is often decorated with flowers. A red mark of vermilion is also applied on his forehead. Padmavati was his consort and his mount is GarudaGarudaGaruda
    Garuda is a mythological bird-like creature who was large and considered the king of the birds. He was known for his speed...
    .

    Legend of Incarnation

    A group of sages were performing fire sacrifice when NaradaNaradaNarada
    Narada, also popularly known as Narada Muni, is a great Vedic sage and is one of the most significant and iconic characters of the Hindus. 
    asked the reason of the ritual and whom was it dedicated to. The sages didn’t know the answer and hence they took the help of Sage Bhrigu. He decided to meet the supreme lords and then decide. He first went to Lord BrahmaBrahmaBrahma
    According to Hinduism, the whole creation is the work of Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity)...
    who was busy chanting Vedas Four ancient texts constituting the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduismand ignored the presence of the sage. He then went to Lord ShivaShivaShiva
    Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
    who was also busy mediating and didn’t take notice of the sage. He finally went to Lord Vishnu who also didn’t realize the presence of the sage.

    The sage became furious and kicked on the chest of Vishnu which is the residing place of his wife, Lakshmi. Sage hit his feet in this act and Vishnu felt sorry for his pain. He started pressing the sage’s feet in order to provide some comfort. Sage Bhrigu’s foot is believed to have an eye on the base which represented his ego. When Vishnu pressed his feet, he accidentally smashed the eye. Soon Bhrigu’s ego got smashed too and he realized his mistake. He went back to the earth and told the sages to perform their ritual in the name of Vishnu.

    Meanwhile LakshmiLakshmiLakshmi
    Lakshmi is a Hindu goddess who is regarded as the ultimate deity of wealth...
    was angered by her Lord’s action. She didn’t like Vishnu’s act of apologizing even when BhriguBhriguBhrigu
    Bhrigu was one of the seven great sages known as Saptarishis and was created...
    was at fault. She left her abode and went to earth. Vishnu also left Vaikuntha or Vishnu Loka and came on earth. He started living in an ant hill under a tamarind tree and meditated for the return of Lakshmi without food or sleep.

    Shiva and Brahma decided to help Vishnu and took a form of cow and calf. They were sold to the King of Chola. The cow didn’t yield any milk in the palace as it gave all the milk to Vishnu to feed him. One day, the cow herder followed the cow and after seeing its conduct, decided to kill it with an axe. Vishnu took the blow of the axe and started bleeding. Cow herd died at the spot after seeing such a sight.

    The cow returned back to its home and when the King of Chola saw the cow with blood stains all over, he followed her. After reaching the site, he saw Vishnu bleeding. Vishnu was angry and he cursed the King that in his next birth he will turn into a demon. When the king pleaded innocence, Vishnu sympathized and said that the curse will end when he will marry his daughter, named Padmavati to Vishnu.

    In the next birth of the King, Vishnu was now known by the name of Srinivasa and was married to Padmavati. The king demanded a huge bridal price and Srinivasa took a large loan from KuberaKuberaKubera
     Kubera is the God of wealth & is known as Dhanpati ...
    to bear the marriage cost.

    Mantra

    Balaji’s devotees recite a Mantra A group of sacred words chanted in order to gain something, be it materialistic pleasures or peaceful mindto gain his blessings, which is OM it is a sacred sound, which is meditated upon and considered as a spiritual icon by Hindus, Jains and Buddhists. It is the primordial sound which is considered infinite, all encompassing, the truth of existence, the ultimate reality of the universe, the cause of life and the ultimate reality of being. It is the finest essence of life which helps in gaining the knowledge of self and the universe. Namo Venkatesaya. This mantra opens gateway for liberation, fortune, wealth and food grains. If it is chanted one million times in a lifetime only then one can gain its rewards. It also fills a domestic life with bliss and contentment.

    Temples

    Various temples are dedicated to this deity. The most important shrine is located in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh in a temple named Tirumala Venkateswara. Some other famous ones are Balaji Mandir (Pune), Chilkur Balaji Temple (Hyderabad), Mehandipur Balaji Temple Mehandipur Balaji TempleMehandipur Balaji Temple
    Mehandipur Balaji Temple is situated in Dausa in the Karauli district of Rajasthan...
    , Punrasar Balaji and Salasar Balaji (Rajasthan), Nerul Balaji Temple (Maharashtra), Unao Balaji (Madhya Pradesh) and Shri Balaji Mandir (Mumbai).



     
     

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