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The deity worshipped at Tirupati is Venkatachalapati.
The image is that of a 10 ft high Sthanaka or standing figure of Vishnu on a lotus
pedestal. The image is said to be a personification of perfection itself. Lakshmi forms an
integral part of this image, which is decorated with flowers and ornamented with several
Included in the jewelry
are a Lakshmi-garland, a necklace with 108 images of Lakshmi, a Salagrama
garland, with salagrams encased in gold, an exquisitely carved Dasavatara belt around the
waist, the Suryakatari, a golden sword that hangs from this belt, two gold
sculptured plaques of Lakshmi and Padmavathi on the chest.
is the only moolavar in the sanctum and this is said to be the only Eka
Murthy Temple for Vishnu in India. There are other processional deities in
the temple. Bhoga Srinivasa, a silver replica of the mula vigraham is said to
have been made and consecrated in the year 966 AD. The donor is said to have been a Pallava
Queen and inscriptions related to this endowment are found in the temple.
is the processional idol or the Utsava Murthy. This image in a standing posture
again is a replica of the mula vigraham. This image is flanked by Sri Devi and
Bhu Devi. Inscriptions describing this image date back to the 14th century AD.
and Koluvu Srinivasa (Durbar Srinivasa) are two other images in the
sanctum. There is also an image of Krishna, along with images of Rama, Sita,
and Lakshmana. Chakkaratalwar or the Sudharshana Chakram is
also featured in the sanctum sanctorum.