Being one of the prominent temples in Valparai, Balaji is situated amidst tea estates. It is owned and managed by Karamalai Tea Industries. The chief deity worshipped here is Lord Balaji who is also known by other names like Venkateswara or Vishnu. The statue of Lord Balaji placed in the temple is made of gold. Devotees from all over the world drop in to worship Lord Balaji and Poojas are performed like the Tirupati Balaji Temple. Inside the temple block is a beautiful garden maintained. Also, as vehicles are not allowed after the entrance and there is no parking facility near the shrine, one has to walk 500 meters uphill slope. Photography and use of mobile phones is prohibited.
As the temple is situated amidst sprawling hills and tea estates, the atmosphere is alluring and serene. Poojas are performed here without fail.
Balaji Temple History
The history of this magnificent temple situated in the hills of Valparai is a bit different as compared to other historical places built after the British rule. This estate originally fell under the Peria Karamalai Tea (PKT) Produce Limited and the owner of PKT took the responsibility and constructed a temple for the residents of the area.
Balaji Temple is famous as:
· It is surrounded by lush green tea estates that add to its glory
· These tea estates are owned and managed by Peria Karamalai Tea Industries
· Devotees drop in from far and near places to worship Lord Balaji
· Fables have it that the presiding deity here is not any less powerful than Tirupati Balaji
· Inside the temple is a lawn and a play area for kids
· As the temple is located amidst beautiful hills and tea estates, the serenity and the climate of the place makes it ideal to reinforce conviction in God
· As it is a private owned estate, the abode of the lord is maintained in pristine condition
· Although it is a privately owned temple but the presence of divine God Balaji makes it one of the most visited places of worship in Valparai
· Poojas similar to those performed at Tirupati Balaji are performed here on a regular basis
· This temple is worth spending time and money for peace of mind as well as health
· Reciting holy scriptures here is considered very auspicious and one feels peaceful too
Balaji Temple Food Timings
There are no specific food timings but the devotees are offered prasad after darshan
Dress Code at Balaji Temple
No dress code
Festivals celebrated at Balaji Temple
A temple festival is celebrated once a year when the owner family pays a visit and celebrates with the workers of the estates around this temple. The workers are then given leave for 2 or 3 days.
How to Reach Balaji Temple
By Air: Nearest airport is at Coimbatore
By Rail: Coimbatore Junction
By Road: Valparai is at a distance of 100 kms from Coimbatore, therefore visitors need to change bus at Pollachi to reach Valparai. From here, one can get to the temple by hiring a taxi.
*Timings: 6:30 AM to 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.