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Venkateshwara ( वेंकटेश्वर) also known as Venkatachalapathy, Srinivasa and Balaji is a form of the Hindu god Vishnu in Hindu mythology.
Lord Venkateswara is the presiding deity of a very ancient and famous temple at the seven hills of Tirupati in Southern India. He is supposed to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu in the present Yuga and has two consorts Sri Devi and Bhu Devi. He is also known by the names Sreenivasa, Balaji and other names in various parts of India. The shrine at Tirupati is visited by thousands of pilgrims every day and it is among the richest temples in India with a daily total income of nearly ten lakh rupees. His glory has been sung by many saints and poets, chief among them is Annamacharya. The management of the temple at Tirupati patronizes and sponsors several undertakings of religious, cultural, charitable, social and educational activities. It has also established a huge complex at Pittsburgh (PA) which is visited by many Americans and visitors from different parts of the world including India. Fridays and Saturdays are the most important days of the week for the deity and so special Pujas (rituals of worship) are performed on these days.
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