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Venkateshwar Tirupati Temple in Sujangarh

Sujangarh is a delectable spot for devotees and pilgrims for the endless amount of temple and religious shrines scattered across its length. Tourists visit the shrines for their architectural wonder and to seek blessings from the holy deities who reside within the sanctum. It is a well known fact that Tirupati Balaji or Venkateshwara; a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu is worshiped in South India and one can find many temples dedicated to him in the southern region. But to one’s amazement, Sujangarh in Churu district of Rajasthan houses the only temple of Lord Venkateshwar in North India. Tourists and pilgrims visit from far flung places to worship the holy deity.

Venkateshwar Tirupati Temple in Sujangarh

Lord Venkateshwar is the main idol flanked by statuettes of Lord Vishnu on one side and goddess Laxmi and Bhudevi on the other side. The temple also houses the statuettes of Goddess Padmavati and Goddess Godadevi on each side. Lord Venkateshwar’s idol resides in the sanctum sanctorum carved out of black stone. The fascinating thing about this temple is that all the rituals and ceremonies are performed in this temple according to South Indian customs and the priests/Brahmins and hosts in the temple are of South Indian origin.

Constructed and commissioned by businessman Late Shri Sohanlalji Jajodia and his kin in 1994, the temple of Lord Venkateshwar was built to perfection as a replica of the original Tirupati Balaji in South India. Artisans from South India were employed for this task and the temple was built in a span of seven years. The deities of Shri Godamaji, Goddess Padmavati and Lord Tirupati Balaji were presented to the temple by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam. The temple was built on the initiative of Venkateshwar Trust Foundation.

Venkateshwar Tirupati Temple in Sujangarh

The temple of Lord Venkateshwar in Sujangarh is built in South Indian style architecture and the peak or shikhara of the sanctum is adorned with figurines of gods and goddesses and the hallway of the temple is carved out of marble. Flanked with a gopuram and a lofty shikhar atop the temple, plane in structure and a Sabha mandap, the temple is a splendid creation in itself. Katha narrators and sermonizes visit the temple at intervals and rice is the basic food offered everyday as a bhog to the deity. A custom rinse is hosted every Saturday and Seera or porridge is offered as Prasad to the devotees or pilgrims at the temple. Every morning a thousand names of Vishnu are recounted by the priests at the temple.

The temple comes alive during the Brahmotsav beginning from Basant Panchami when thousands of devotees throng the temple premises. A Maha Vishnu yagna is performed ten days after Diwali every year known as Pavitra Utsav and Dusshera is celebrated with much fanfare as it is marked as Lord Balaji’s birthday. It is believed that devotees can seek eternal salvation by offering prayers at the temple of Lord Venkateshwara. The temple is open for all visitors’ everyday from 5:30 am in the morning till 9:15 pm in the night.

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