Balaji Temple in Guwahati
The Purva Tirupati Balaji temple is a beautiful temple of Guwahati located at Lokhra area. The Balaji temple is a replica of the famous Tirupati Venkateshwara temple of Southern India. The Tirupati temple in southern India is situated in Tirumala in Chittor district of the state of Andhra Pradesh. The Balaji temple in Guwahati is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara and is located around 10 kms from the city center. The temple was built in the year 1998 with pristine architectural structures.
Structure of Balaji Temple
The Balaji temple in Guwahati is spread out in a two acres land and the complex also includes other adjacent temples. At the entrance of the temple complex, there is a Ganesha temple. The center temple which also is the main temple is dedicated to Lord Balaji and is constructed in the middle. The temple has an idol of Balaji deity carved out of a single stone weighing around 4 tones. There are also temples of Goddess Padmavathi and Garuda, the Vahana of Lord Balaji on the premises. Besides a Rajagopuram, the main temple has the beautiful Maha Mandapam, the Sanctum of the temple and Ardha Mandapam.
The Gopurams are constructed in sync with the South Indian architectural style like the Tirupati Balaji temple with heights ranging from 8 feet in the Ganesh temple to around 70 feet in the Rajagopuram. The temple looks beautiful with pure white architectural structures and images of deities carved out in the walls. The wooden doors of the temple are handcrafted in Chennai and bear beautiful carvings.
There is also a garden park located outside the temple for tourists to enjoy the scenic beauty. There is also a Goddess Durga temple towards the right hand side of the main temple built on the outlook that Guwahati also id the seat of Goddess Kamakhya with the Kamakhya temple located in the Nilachal hills.
The temple premises also have a Yagasala built recently for performing yagnas. In addition to that, there is an auditorium decorated with beautiful interiors and exquisitely designed statues. The Asthanamandapan hall auditorium features cultural functions of classical and folk music gatherings regularly during Sundays. The Dasavathar of Lord Vishnu has been beautifully depicted in the Asthanamandapan hall. The temple is well illuminated during night with glowing lights and can be seen from a distance.
Worshipping at Balaji Temple
There are regular morning and evening prayers which are done by the priests after which prasad is offered to the devotees. There are yagnas held annually in the temple. Apart from that, major festivals associated with the presiding deity are also held in the temple.
How to reach Balaji Temple
The Balaji temple of Guwahati is a popular tourist spot of the city witnessing a large number of devotees and tourists who come to view the beautiful temple. There are regular bus services, trekkers and private vehicles services available from different parts of the city to the temple. The nearest airport to Balaji temple is the Gopinath Bordoloi Airport located 30 kms away. The nearest railway station to the temple is the Guwahati Railway Station located at a distance of 20 kms away.
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