Venkateshwara (Venkateshwar or Venkatachalapathi) is a form of Lord Vishnu, a popular Hindu deity. Also known as Balaji or Bithala, he has four hands and is dark complexioned. He holds a discus (a symbol of power) and a conch shell (a symbol of existence), in his two upper hands. His lower hands are seen extended downward, exhorting the devotees to have faith and surrender to him for protection.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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