Sri Balaji Temple Trust

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About Sri Balaji (Lord Vishnu)

The ancient and sacred temple of Sri Venkateswara is located on the seventh peak, Venkatachala (Venkata Hill) of the Tirupati Hill, and lies on the southern banks of Sri Swami Pushkarini.

It is by the Lord's presidency over Venkatachala, that He has received the appellation, Venkateswara (Lord of the Venkata Hill). He is also called the Lord of the Seven Hills.

The benefits acquired by a piligrimage to Venkatachala are mentioned in the Rig Veda and Asthadasa Puranas. In these epics, Sri Venkateswara is described as the great bestower of boons.

There are several legends associated with the manifestation of the Lord at Tirumala. The Temple has its origins in Vaishnavism, an ancient sect which advocates the principles of equality and love, and prohibits animal sacrifice.

Sri Balaji Temple is open 7 days of the week

Check Opening hours for more details.


An Appeal to all Devotees

Recent Announcements

Sri Balaji Temple Development Project: July 2022

Dear devotees, donors and members,

We humbly bring to your kind notice that the current premises and facilities at Sri Balaji Temple, Hamilton are not providing enough services to our communities. Therefore, the Temple Trust is considering expanding the temple services and facilities to devotees by exploring possibilities for the Temple's development.

The Trustees have embarked and have identified a property for our growing needs and to have better and more comfortable premises for our Temple.

The potential cost is around $2.5m and we need to raise at least $500,000 to have any hope of bidding for the property located very close to our current property. This property will service most of our needs. As such we humbly appeal to you all to generously donate to raise the required $500,000 and we are working hard to raise the balance from the bank.

The Temple is also looking at naming rights to the Community Hall that is available in the new property to any donor who is going to donate $500,000 or more. We appeal to all to consider donating any amount you could afford so that we can all have comfortable premises at the new Temple for Lord Balaji.

We request all the devotees to make a lump sum donation or set up an automatic payment monthly or fortnightly or weekly for an amount that you can afford towards this project. Also send a confirmation by email with your name, address and phone number to the chairperson which will assist us in getting prior approval for the funding from the bank.

The Bank Account you have to use are:

• ASB Bank A/C 12-3171-0169613-00

• Westpac A/C 03-1568-0478167-00

Please indicate in the Bank Transfer:

Reference: your 1st Name, Code: TDFund, and Reference: Your Last Name

We also appeal to all Life Members and members alike to spread the message in your networks and make further donations.

May the blessings of Lord Balaji be with you.

13th Annual General Meeting: July 2022

NOTICE OF 13th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF SRI BALAJI TEMPLE TRUST (HAMILTON), NEW ZEALAND

You are invited to attend the 13th AGM, which will be held on 23rd July 2021 at 2.00 PM at the Sri Balaji Temple premises,

at 2 Kent Street, Frankton, Hamilton.

(This notice is issued under the sections 18 & 20 of the SBTT Trust deed)

AGENDA:

  • Devotional Music starts at 2.00 PM

  • Welcome

  • Minutes of the last AGM

  • Chairperson’s report

    • Resolution to pass the Chairperson’s report

  • Financial report – By the Treasurer

  • Budget for the year 2022/23 – By the Treasurer

  • Resolution to accept the Financial Performance Report

  • To consider the appointment of an Auditor

  • To elect two trustees for the vacant positions for which nominations had been received by 23rd June 2022 and approved by the Board of Trustees – (please contact Trustees for Nomination papers).

  • To consider any other proposals for which due notice was given

  • General business for which due notice had been given, including the following:

    • Expanding the temple facilities

    • Fundraising opportunities – Naamams etc

    • Enrolling Life members and Ordinary members

    • Any other item for which due notice had been given

Please note that only the financial members (both Ordinary and Life members) are entitled to participate in the proceedings and vote in the meeting if required. Ordinary Membership is a $50 donation specifically paid for this purpose each year and the Life Membership is a $ 2,000 donation specifically paid for this purpose once per life. You may pay into our bank A/C 12–3171–0169613–000 specifically mentioning membership and submit your membership application form to the Secretary.

RSVP by 15th July 2022.

You may bring flowers, garlands and prasadam.

Lunar Eclipse: 16th May 2022

Due to the Lunar Eclipse, the Sri Balaji temple will be closed to the public tomorrow, Monday, May 16, 2022.

Lunar Eclipse is between 5pm to 7pm on Monday.

On Tuesday (17th), the temple will reopen at its regular hours.

7th Anniversary Celebrations: March 2022

Dates 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th March 2022

9th March, Wednesday, 7:00pm Sri Ganesha, Sri Narayani Devi & Sri Murugan Abhishekam

10th March, Thursday, 11:00am and 6pm Sri Hanuman & Sri Navagraha Abhishekam Bruhaspathi asthothara special puja

11th March, Friday, 07:00pm Sri Shivaãbhishekam & Sri Parvati Devi Abhishekam

12th March, Saturday, 9:00am Sri Balaji Moola Murthy & Sudharshan Chakra Abhishekam.

108 Astothara Kalasa-puja. The kalasa contains water. The water will receive and hold the energy of the mantras. It acts like a collector of sound energy. This energy is later infused during the abhishekham.

  • Please contact one of the priests or Trustees for further information on the events and sponsorship opportunities and for booking for Astothara Kalasa Puja by donating $51 to the Temple.

  • Devotees are welcome to bring flowers, fruits and prasadam – Puja will be followed by maha-prasadam and devotional programmes.

Covid–19 Protection Framework – Red Alert Setting update: 24 Jan 2022

Temple is open to public during normal temple opening hours.

However, there are new restrictions in place for everyone to follow under Covid-19 Protection Framework – Red Alert Setting and therefore please be guided by the following procedure adopted at the temple:

Please refrain from entering the temple if you are not double vaccinated (Both doses) – Covid Vaccine Pass is compulsory.

  • On arrival go to washing area, wash hands and leave your shoes in the Canopy Carpark at the marked area.

Wearing mask is Compulsory.

  • Go to the temple main entrance Scan QR Code / Record your visit in the Register,

It is compulsory for all above 12 years old to register your visit. Hence everyone should scan or enter in the register with Date, Time, Name and contact phone number,(Include all your family members)

  • To enter temple show your Covid Vaccine Pass, Inside the temple keep to your bubble (Your family members only) and maintain 1 Metre distance from others including priests and volunteers. Try and follow 1 metre marked areas

  • Please be kind and be brief in your prayers and attendance in the Temple as there are others waiting to come in for prayers too. When you reach front row you may able to have aarchana, collect Vibuthi and KumKum from the front table. You may go for pradhakshanam round the Murthies.

  • You may pray at Navagraha and Utsava Murthies for a short time, again considering the waiting devotees.

  • Walk through community hall and pick up packed prasadam, if available.

  • Walk out through Community Hall garage door and pick your shoes from where you left them.

We kindly again request all devotees to refrain from socialising and waiting in the Temple to accommodate other devotees.

You may make your donation in cash into Hundi, and pay by Bank Card at the EFTPOS counter. Also you may direct credit SBTT Bank a/c 12-3171-0169613-00

Keep Safe you and your community.

Blessings of Sri Balaji will be with you all.

Special Pujas and Abhishekams as notified in our monthly calendar will be conducted by priests before the temple opening hours, and available to view on the Temple’s FaceBook.

Devotees may arrange with priests for Archana and Special puja.

Special note on New Year eve and New Year Day Events on 31 Dec 2021 and 1 Jan 2022.

New Year Eve

31 Dec 2021 10.00 pm - Akhanda Bhajans

- Suvarna Pushpaăbhishekam

12:01 - 01 Jan 2022 - Archana, Maha-arathi followed by New Year blessings and prasadam

Happy New Year 2022

New Year 1 January 2022, Sri Srinivasa Kalyanam starts at 10.30 AM

Devotees may sponsor Sri Srinivasa Kalyanam by donating $51. 108 Families for each of these events are invited to register to take take part on a first come first service basis.

Donation shall be direct credited to SBTT Bank A/C No: 12 – 3171 – 0169613 – 000 or Pay online at donations.

Devotees are requested to participate (register) in huge numbers in these devotional celebrations.

For further details, please contact any of the Temple Trustees.

Devotees are requested to bring flowers, fruits and prasadam for Sri Balaji.

Annual Report 2021: July 2021

The SBTT's Annual report for 2021 is now available and can be viewed by clicking link below...

Annual report 2021


For all past announcements, visit here.

For all current events, check Temple's Calendar.