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GOVINDARAJA PERUMAL TEMPLE, TIRUPATI
Govindaraja Perumal Temple, Tirupati is dedicated to the brother of the lord of seven hills, who is seen sleeping (reclining position) with the measure for gauging the money, beneath his head as a cushion, out of tiredness of counting the huge volumes of wealth that he has received loan from Kubera, for performing his brother's marriage. The temple is located at the foot hills of Tirumala and is said to be founded by the great Vaishnava preceptor Sri Ramanuja in 1130 AD.
Acoording to the legends, Govindaraja was supposed to spend the money for the marriage arrangements and it is believed that he had a wealth line on his palm that would return the money four folds of what he spent on any thing by his hand.
It is also said that Govindaraja spends his time counting the money he receives on a daily basis and currently the lord of seven hills is paying interest for the amount he has borrowed from Kubera and after Kaliyuga, he would start paying the principal amount.
Imagine what sums lord would get in donations in future, from his devotees to clear the debt he has borrowed from Kubera? - Kubera, the protector of wealth of Gods. Whatsoever, mythology says that Srinivas Kalyanam was the only grandest event that was witnessed on this planet where gods came in all splendor to attend the lords marriage.
The tall gopuram (A temples monumental tower) stands in the city of Tirupati, surrounded by small shops that sell fancy items, temple ware and silk dresses. There are normally long queues to get the darshan of Govindaraja and it is witnessed that Saturday's are crowded with devotees than any other days of the week.
The temple's courtyard is quite spacious also observed are stone halls which are built centuries ago and they are beautiful carved to attract any ones attention. The huge doors at the entrance of the temple stand to the grandeur and architecture excellence carried out in the olden times.
There also other shrines within the temple premises that are abode to Sri Venkateshwara, Sri Parthasarathi and Sri Andal.