Millions of devotees come here to get a glimpse of the eight-foot tall idol of Lord Venkateswara adorned with gold, diamonds and flowers and standing under the gilded dome, Ananda Nilaya Divya Vimana.
Darshan of Lord Venkateswara teaches us the art of patience – Wait …wait. Your turn will come.
The path to fulfilling Darshan isn’t without efforts, for the journey is long, after waiting in line for hours, we reached the threshold of the inner sanctum for the darshan.
From the Bangaru vakil ( Golden entrance) a series of dark halls leads the way to the inner sanctum, each chamber narrowing its width . It is believed that this narrowing symbolizes the souls journey into the womb of the Divine. Which is why the innermost sanctum where the main deity resides is referred to as the Garbha Griha ( womb like chamber) . It’s here that we could see the Mool Virat of the Sri Venkateshwara Swamy stands tall at 8 ft in black stone.
Many devotees will have to follow their Line of sight within the Bangaru Vakil , If they are lucky they will get a few seconds . We were lucky enough to spend 5 mins in front starring at the idol of Sri Venkateshwara Swamy.
When I was 15 year old, my parents had took me to Tirupati. All I remembered about that trip was we were asked to sit in a huge que like cell and every few hours , the grill will be opened to reach the next few cells/rooms where devotees had to wait to take darshan of Lord Sri Venkateswara. I was too small to understand we are going to have darshan of God and got fed up with the waiting.