It is the most-visited place of worship in the entire world. The temple is visited by about 50,000 to 100,000 pilgrims daily. On special occasions and festivals, like the annual Brahmotsavam, the number of pilgrims shoots up to 500,000 daily making it the most-visited holy place in the world.

You would definitely like to know the facts that make this temple so special. Here, they are...

1. It is the richest temple in the world in terms of donations received. The shrine of Lord Venkateswara's has netted a whopping Rs 1,700 crore income in 2011.

2. Tirupathi Venkateswara is also known as Srinivasa, Balaji, Veṅkaṭa, and Venkaṭacalapati. All names refer to different incarnations of Hindu religion God Vishnu.

3. Venkateswara temple has many shrines and the most popular one is Tirumala Venkateswara temple which is located at Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh.

4. There is glass porch near by Sri Krishnadevarayalu Mandapam where a ritual service, called 'Dolotsavam' is practised every day at 2 pm.  

5. According to historians, the temple was consecrated by Vijayanagara's emperor Achyutha Rayalu.    

6. There is a six-inch high stone slab, called 'Kshetrapalaka Sila' in the temple. According to myth, the stone slab marches around the temple in night for providing security.

7. The temples have pyramid shaped towers and it is constructed of sandstone, soapstone and granite.

8. Tirumala Venkateswara temple had been built in 300 AD. It has 8 main entrances that were built 13th century. The temple had been designed based on Dravidian architecture.

9. The height of entrances is fifty feet. Every entryway has a name such as ‘Padivaakili’ and ‘Simhadwaram’.

10. There are 3 entrances at 'Maha Dwaram' which are built by brass, silver and gold respectively.

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