Nijapada darshanam is a famous ritual for which millions of Vishnu devotees crowd in the Tirupati temple. This darshan is sacred and said to nullify all the malefic effects of planets. The pada darshan of The Lord can erase illness and bless the devotees with prosperity and good fortune. However, the devotees must have faith and devotion in their hearts when they take darshan of the Lord’s lotus feet.
Tirupati temple, Andhra Pradesh, is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, who is said to be one of the various incarnations of Lord Vishnu. It is mentioned in various puranas and vedas that Lord Vishnu has incarnated countless times to protect mankind from troubles and pains. Whenever the torture and injustice have taken over the earth, the Lord has left His abode to free human race from the malevolent events. Lord Venkateswara’s incarnation was due to rise of trouble for mankind as well.
Tirupati Temple is one of the very few temples which is dedicated to this special incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Any devotee who takes darshan of Lord Venkateswara with faith and devotion in the heart and receives Prasad, gets great fortune by the grace of the Lord.
If one is a lover of mediaeval Dravidian style architecture, this temple is sure to delight the eyes of that beholder. Built in Dravidian style, Tirupati Temple stands with pride and glory. This is the richest temple where the Lord is always adorned with jewelries worth a fortune. It is not one king who donated fortunes to this temple, kings of several dynasties have donated wealth to the Tirupati temple to gain the blessing of the Lord.
The temple, because of the glory and the legends of the Lord is never empty. Millions of people come here to bow before the Lord in respect. Every day more than ten thousand people come in hope to get darshan of Lord Venkateswara. Festivals always keep the temple alive with life and laughter. Special festivals like Makar Sankranti celebration or Pavithrotsavam celebration are considered to be auspicious. It is said that visiting during this time would lead to good luck for the devotees.
Some of the festivals that are performed are called seva. These get performed by the devotees. Being able to participate in a festival like this is considered to be lucky for any devotee.
Nijapada darshanam is a weekly ritual which attracts thousands of devotees. This is rare because this darshan one can only get on Friday. All week long the Lord remains adorned with various jewelries. Holy Tulsi leaves keeps the feet of the Lord concealed from the public eyes. However, in Friday, the idol can be seen in simple white dhoti. His feet, bare and without any ornament, become a sight to behold.
Vishnu padam or the Lotus feet of Shri Hari Vishnu Dev hold a special place in Hinduism. There are many legends regarding Shri Hari’s footprint being left on the earth. Lord Vamana the fifth avatar of Lord Vishnu is said to have left His footprint on the earth. Such places or the Lotus feet of the Supreme Being are considered to be sacred for the Hindus. It is of little wonder that the Lotus feet of Lord Venkateswara will attract devotees from the different parts of the world too.
This is a paid darshan. However, the sight of the Lotus feet of Lord Vishnu is considered worthy of any amount one can pay. Such darshans occur once in a lifetime and for many devotees one glimpse of the Lotus feet of Lord Vishnu is more important than anything else in life.
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