BALAJI TEMPLE AT NERUL

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Location : Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
Presiding Deity : Balaji (Lord Venkateshwara)



Balaji Temple at Nerul stands as an exact replica of the Balaji temple at Tirupati. Nerul The SLN sabha of Nerul decided to build a temple of Lord Venkateshvara and on 8th December 1991 the Bhoomi pujan for the temple was performed by Shankaracharya Swamiji of Kanchi Kamkoti Peetham.

The Temple

This temple is built on the lines of Venkateshvara temple at Tirupati and has been constructed according to the Shilpashastras. The subsidiary temples, Vidya Ganapati temple, Shri Padmavati Devi temple, Hanumana temple, Vishvakasena temple, Ramanuja temple, and Lakshmi Nrisimha temple surround the main temple.

As soon as one enters the temple a "Bali Peetham" and the tall "Dhwaja Stambham" are seen. Next to the Bali Peetham and the Dwaja Stambham, a flight of steps leads to the "Tiru Mamani Mandapam". This is the entrance hall, with dimensions exactly same as at Tirumala temple. There are two 'Dwara Paalakas' (doorkeepers) viz. Jaya and Vijaya, who guard the entrance to the sanctum sanctorum.

The structure of the Mani Mandapam is built based on modern architectural practices. The cement concrete surfaces are being dubbed with exquisitely carved granite stones. The Ardha Mandapam and Garbha Griham are constructed in granite stones, following the "Aagama" / Shilpashastras by Sthapathies. Below the Mani Mandapam is the Kalyana Mandapam. Festivities of the temples such as 'Bhajans', 'Keertans', 'Pravachans', 'Kalyana Utsavam' etc. are conducted over here.

The Idol

Behind the Ardha mandapam is the "Garbha Griham" where the benign Lord stands smiling majestically. The majestic idol stands 8' tall (11' 1 from Peetham to 'Kreetam') and was sculpted at Mamallapuram or Mahabalipuram (near Chennai) out of a single rock. At the right foot of the lord is a small silver idol which is called "Bhoga Srinivasa" / "Kautuka Bera". This idol imbibes the essence of the Lord and is loosely bonded to the main "Moolavar" idol by a string.

There are also a few beautiful idols Shrinivasa with Sridevi and Bhoodevi made of "Pancha Loha" known as Utsava idols (images for festivities). There are also the idols of Shri Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Anjaneya. There is also the beautiful idol of the Shri Krishna with Rukmini. These images are similar to those at the Tirumala Shrine. There is also an image of Chakkarathalwar - Sri Sudarsana. On the other side of the same idol is the image of Shri Nrisimha (also spelt as Narasimha).

One can also see the Pancha Loha idol of Sri Ramanuja in the Ardha Mandapam. The Srivari Hundi is housed, patterned after Tirumala, in the courtyard. In front of the deity is a standing image of Garuda.

HOW TO GET THERE

Nerul being the biggest residential node recently developed in Navi Mumbai . Navi Mumbai has the best possible transport facilities. Infact Navi Mumbai is well linked not only to Mumbai but to other parts of the country as well.

Air: The Sahara International Airport in Mumbai is only an hour's journey from Vashi.

Rail: Navi Mumbai is connected to Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai and Panvel via the Central Railway Line. Running on these lines are electric fast local trains carrying thousands of commuters every day.

Road: Navi Mumbai is connected to Mumbai via the Sion - Panvel Expressway, which meets the National Highway from Panvel to Pune.

Local Transport: The Road Transport facilities in the city include Bombay Electric and Suburban Transport (BEST) Buses connecting NaviMumbai to Mumbai. The MSRTC buses run between Mumbai and Panvel via Navi Mumbai as well as connect Thane and Taloja. Also seen on the Navi Mumbai roads are the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMT) Buses running between various routes one of them being Vashi and Thane.

WHERE TO STAY

Accommodation is available at the hotels in Mumbai.



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