Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple to issue free tokens
Here’s good news for devotees of Shri Venkateshwara, also hailed as Tirupati Balaji. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam authorities have resumed the issuance of free darshan tokens to devotees from the Bhudevi complex. 3000 tokens will be issued every day and devotees who had been waiting to pay a visit to the shrine without a fee will now have access to the Lord’s darshan.
The authorities stopped issuing the free tokens soon after the first lockdown was announced in the last week of March. During unlock 1, the temple reopened for a limited number of devotees with a new set of rules and COVID-19 protocols in place. However, the COVID-19 cases continued to rise, and hence, the authorities had to put the re-issuance of the free tokens on hold. Only those booking their darshans online for a fee were allowed to visit.
But now, devotees can visit the shrine and take the blessings of Lord Balaji for free by getting the token from the complex mentioned above.
Dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam in Andhra Pradesh is situated atop seven hills, in the Seshachalam, Eastern ghats range. The Devasthanam is one of the Swayam Vyaktha kshetras dedicated to Vishnu.
Lord Balaji is believed to be a powerful deity. Those whose wishes get fulfilled after worshipping him, voluntarily get their head tonsured to keep up their pledge. This is done as a gesture/ token of devotion to Lord Venkateshwara.