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Balaji-Venkateshwara: Lord of Tirumala-Tirupati

Nanditha Krishna (Author)
Synopsis The temple of Balaji or Venkateshwara on Tirumala hill above the town of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh has become a focal point of contemporary religion in India, attracting crowds of all ages, faiths and nationalities. However, not much is known about the God, except his ability to answer prayers and perform the most improbable miracles. Not many people are aware that the sanctity of the God and the hill is over two thousand years old. What makes the temple so popular, and what are the beliefs of the people, are questions that this book has tried to answer. This book is a collection of the folk legends about Venkateshwara, the sacred Tirumala hill and its many lakes and waterfalls, his miracles, and the beautiful rituals and festivals associated with him. He is a manifestation of Vishnu the preserver, and his association with the other incarnations is well documented. There are rare photographs of the God, his gold and diamond jewellery, the various other bronzes and sculptures contained in the temple and the images of the festivals for which Tirumala has been famous from time immemorial. The illustrations of the stories have been executed in the Tirupati style of drawing. This book would be of equal interest to the layman, the scholar and the devotee, and a valuable addition to every home and library.
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About the author

Nanditha Krishna

Dr. Nanditha Krishna obtained her Ph.D. from the Department of Ancient Indian Culture, University of Bombay, specializing in Hindu iconography and ethno-archaeology. She has been researching, writing and lecturing extensively on Indian art, culture and society, as well as the environment which is her passion. She has authored The Art and Iconography of Vishnu “ Narayana (D.B. Taraporevala & Sons, Bombay), The Arts and Crafts of Tamilnadu (Mapin Publications, Ahmedabad), Manuscript Paintings of the Sarasvati Mahal Library (Arasvati Mahal Library, Tanjore), Madras Chennai (C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation, Chennai), co-authored Ganesha with her mother Shakunthala Jagannathan (Vakils, Feffer & Simons Ltd.), edited Shakti and Kanchi (both C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation), and written books for children on the environment. Dr. Nanditha Krishna is the Director of the C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation at Chennai (Madras) and of its constituents, the C.P. Art Centre, C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Institute of Indological Research, Saraswathi Kendra Centre for Children and C.P.R. Environmental Education Centre.

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Bibliographic information

Title Balaji-Venkateshwara: Lord of Tirumala-Tirupati
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 2nd ed.
Language: English
isbn 8187111461
length x+114p., Plates; Glossary; 28cm.