Suggestions in the form of ‘Dos and Don’ts’ are displayed at various places in Tirupati and Tirumala for the information of multitude of visiting pilgrims to the twin pilgrim centres.
Do’s in Tirumala:
- Pay obeisance to your Ishta Daivam or Kula Daivam before you start for Tirumala pilgrimage.
- Book your travel and accommodation in Tirumala well in advance.
- Bathe in the Swami Pushkarini and worship Sri Bhu Varaha Swamy in his temple before you go to worship Lord Sri Venkateshwara Swamy.
- Bathe and wear clean clothes before you enter the sanctum shrine of Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy.
- Concentrate on Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy inside the temple.
- Observe absolute silence and chant “Om Namo Sri Venkatesaya”, inside the temple.
- Bathe in the Papavinasanam and Akasha Ganga tirthams in Tirumala.
- Respect ancient customs and usages while at Tirumala.
- Respect and promote religious sentiments among co-pilgrims.
- Deposit your offerings only in the Hundi.
- Wear a tilak in accordance with your religious affiliation.
- Follow the procedures of the temple and wait for your turn for the darshan of the Lord.
Don’ts in Tirumala are as follows:
- Come to Tirumala for any purpose other than worshipping the Lord.
- Carry much jewellery and cash with you.
- Wear footwear in and around the premises of the temple.
- Approach touts for accommodation and darshan.
- Prostrate (sastanga danda pranamam) inside the temple.
- Throw away the prasadam and teertham given to you at the temple.
- Eat non-vegetarian food or consume liquor or other intoxicants and smoke while in Tirumala.
- Wear any head guards such as helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
- Commit any act of violence or harshness in the temple premises.
- Rush in for darshan instead of waiting for your turn in the queue.
- Enter the temple; if according to custom or usage, you are prohibited to enter.
- Wear flowers at Tirumala temple, as all flowers of the sacred Seven Hills are for the Lord only.
- Encourage beggars.
- Spit or be a nuisance inside the temple premises.
- Carry weapons while entering the temple.
X Smoking, non-vegetarian food, liquor and other intoxicants.
X Approachment of touts for accommodation and Darshan.
X Spurious prasadams from street vendors.
X Spit or commit nuisance in the premises of the temple.
X Preaching and Practice of other religions.
X Political Meetings, Banners, Dharnas, Rastarokos, Hartals.
X Slaughter, Killing, maiming any animal/Bird for any reason.
X Gaming with cards, Dice, Counts, Money or other instruments of Gaming.
X Don’t enter the temple with Cellphones, cameras and other electronic devices.
*Data Source: TTD official website