Temple – Tirupati Balaji Temple
Sri Balaji Temple!!!. A long-cherished dream of Telugu people residing in Ahmedabad came true on 7Th April 2007 under Ahmedabad Andhra Maha Sabha. The land for the temple was acquired in the year 2000 and Bhoomi Puja for construction of temple was held by the then chief minister of Gujarat Sri Narendra Modi in 2003.The temple designs were drawn as per Vykhanasa Aagama Sastra with the help of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Tirupati. The carving work of stones was carried at Tirupati and dressed stones were transported by road to Ahmedabad. Around 100 Shilpi’s had carved the stones for two years period at Tirupati, and around 80 shilipi’s were engaged from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu to construct such a big monument at Ahmedabad. Architectural sculptures including Gali gopuram at the temple were constructed by reputed contractors who had constructed many temples around the world. Prana Pratista of idols of Lord Sri Balaji, Padmavati, Godadevi, Garuda, Jaya, Vijaya and Dhwaja Stambham was carried out with the chanting of Vedas by learned pundits from Tirupati. The temple was opened for the public after Prana Pratishta on 7th April 2007 and the then Chief Minister of Gujarat Sri Narendra Modi had the first Darshan of Lord Venkateswara. The temple complex includes Tall Viswaroopam of Maha Vishnu, Garuda and Hanuma and also Dasavatarams. The temple is always decorated with Muggulu (Rangoli), a Telugu tradition. About the Temple All the Pujas of this temple are performed, in the similar way of Tirumala by learned Poojaris from Veda Patashala of TTD. Around 70,000 devotees visit the temple every month. Balaji Temple trust strives hard to carry out Balaji seva as per Agama Sastra. Devotees can perform various Sevas/offer donations as per their wishes. The day in temple starts with Suprabhata Seva and continues with the various regular Sevas as given below to Lord Venkateswara and closes with Ekanta Seva.