Tirupati Balaji is a sign of faith for all its devotees who flock to the South Indian State Andhra Pradesh. Hardly a day goes by when there is not a long queue in front of the temple to get a glimpse of the idol of Lord Tirupati Balaji, the avatar of Lord Vishnu. Devotees spend sometimes thousands of rupees on Laddu Prasadam to please the lord and pray for good health and wealth of their family. Many leave the place with an image of the lord on their mind but many lack the chance due to the crowd and long queue.
Well those with belief and faith in Lord Balaji will be happy to learn that thousands of miles across India, in the far north east, in Guwahati, Assam, some devotees of the Lord has erected a temple somewhat similar to the original architecture of the Tirupati Balaji Temple of south India.
Lord Balaji resides here in a calm and cool environment in a valley surrounded by the mountains of Himalayas. Devotees, mostly the elderly who cannot afford to wait in long queues come here to pray to the Lord. The temple premise is decorated with beautiful garden and greenery with ample seating arrangements and necessary amenities.
Devotees may get Laddu Prasadam for ₹100 only. However there is no upper limit on purchasing Prasadam.
The gates remain open from 8am to 1pm and 3pm to 6pm.
If you are not much of a religious person, the place will definitely give you a spectacle of marvelous architecture and panoramic view of the mountains all around.
How to reach:
Guwahati is connected by trains and flights from major cities of India. Bus and taxi services are available from the east Indian States.
While in the city there are numerous means of transportation to the temple. Shuttle auto rickshaws, taxis and buses got to the temple. From Paltan Bazar near Guwahati Station auto rickshaws charge ₹30 per person and buses charge ₹10 per person.
If you are traveling with family and wish to avoid the hustle and bustle of local transport you may book an OlaCab or Uber for the temple. However, be wary because OlaCab and Uber may not be readily available while you return from the temple.