Govindaraja Swamy Temple

Govindaraja Swamy Temple is one of the most famous Temples to be visited in Tirupati. It is situated at foot hills of Tirupati and is nearest to the Railway Station. It is last in the sequence of  main temples to be visited in Tirupati (see the temple sequence in my other article Tirumala Tirupathi).

Govindarajulu  is the elder brother of Lord Venkateswara. The shrine is big and is in a reclining position.   It is believed that Lord Govindarajulu sleeps with the measure for gauging money under his head as a cushion.  Lord Govindarajulu took loan from Kubera (God of Wealth) to perform Lord Venkateswara's marriage and he  spents his day counting money received by his brother venkateswara to pay interest on the loan he received from kubera. This interest is paid throughout the Kaliyuga. All the offerings made to Lord Venkateswara will go as interest to Lord Kubera. Another interesting fact about this temple is Abhishekam or Celestial Bath is not conducted to the diety as it is made of clay. This is the only temple in India for which the Abhieshekam is not conducted. It is believed that whoever visits this temple will be freed from all their debts with the boons given by Lord Govindaraja Swamy.

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