Balaji - Venkateshwara - An Introduction | Nandita Krishna
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Balaji - Venkateshwara - An Introduction
Nandita Krishna

Balaji-Venkateshwara: An Introduction attempts to unravel the life of one God and study one temple, nestled in the hills of South India. It is said that Lord Vishnu, to rescue a world in distress, took the form of Balaji-Venkateshwara, the Destroyer of all Sins. Yet, who really was Balaji? What is the legend behind His incarnation? What are the stories behind His temple's origin? What are the meanings behind the rituals He demands? The books attempts to answer these questions, and more, for the pilgrim-soul.

The temple of Balaji or Venkateshwara on Tirumala hill above the town of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh has become a focal point of contemporary religion in India, attracting numerous devotees. However, not much is known about the God, except his ability to answer prayers and perform the most improbable miracles. This book is a collection of the folk legends about Venkateshwara, the sacred Tirumala hill and its many lakes, waterfalls, the beautiful rituals and festivals associated with him.

US $22 ISBN: 81-87111-46-1
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Dr. Nanditha Krishna obtained her Ph.D from the Department of Ancient Indian Culture, University of Bombay, specializing in Hindu iconography and ethno-archaeology. She has been researching, lecturing and writing extensively on Indian art, culture and society, as well as the environment which is her passion. She is the Director of the C. P. Ramaswamy Aiyar Institute of Indological research, Saraswathi Kendra Center for Children and C.P.R. Environmental Education Centre.

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