History of KalyanaKatta Tirumala, Timings, Entry fees
The moment one mentions “TIRUPATI” one is reminded of tonsuring and laddus. KalyanaKatta in Tirumala is a multi-storeyed building situated opposite to Free Meals building where thousands of devotees offer their hairs to Lord Sri Venkateswara. At a time, Hundreds of devotees can tonsure at KalyanaKatta Tirumala and tonsuring is done at free of cost. There is an interesting incident connected with this. Hair is said to be the ‘crowning glory” as one’s beauty gets enhanced due to the hair. By shaving off one’s head, one loses his ego and with a submissive mind, one would be able to have darsana. Hence, due to the multifold benefits, thousands of devotees invariably shave off their head.
Female Barbers are available only in Main KalyanaKatta, which operates from 2 am – 12 am.
KalyanaKatta Tirumala and other Hair offering places in Tirumala and Timings
|S.No||Location at Tirumala||Hair Offering Tirumala Timings|
|1||KalyanaKatta||2 am – 12 am|
|2||Kalyana Katta 2||2 am – 12 am|
|3||Rambageecha Guest House||6 am – 6 pm|
|4||Sri Venkateswara Guest House||6 am – 6 pm|
|5||Padmavathi Guest House||6 am – 6 pm|
|6||Pilgrim Amenities Complex |
(Opposite Tirumala Bus stand)
|6 am – 9 pm|
|–||Location at Tirupati||–|
|1||Kapila Theertham||9 am – 5 pm|
Ear Piercing at KalyanaKatta Tirumala
It may be observed in many South Indian houses whose “KULADEIVAM” is Lord Venkatachalapathy, they pray to offer the hairs of the newborns to Lord Srinivasa and pierce ears of their newborns in this holy kshetra at KalyanaKatta Tirumala. There is a separate hall near Janata Canteen where there are professionals in ear piercing. One can either give some rice, vegetables, fruits, flowers to the person who does this or can give him some money.
The story behind Tonsuring in KalyanaKatta Tirumala
The first devotee who gave her hair to god is Neela Devi. Lord Srinivasa named this hill by her name as Neeladri. When Lord Srinivasa was hit by a Shepard on his head, a small portion of his scalp becomes bald. There is no hair growth over that place and this was noticed by Gandharva princess, Neeladevi. She felt such a handsome face should not have any defect. Immediately she cuts a portion of her hair and implants it on his scalp with her powers. As hair is considered as the beautiful aspect of women, Lord Srinivasa notices her sacrifice and he said all the hair given to him by devotees in Tirumala or Tirupati belongs to Neeladevi. Giving our hair to god is the symbol of leaving our ego. The word “Talanelalu” also comes from her name.
KalyanaKatta Tirumala Photo-Gallery
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