How to Book Tirupati Darshan Ticket Online-A Step by Step Guide
Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh is the busiest Hindu pilgrimagecenter in the world. Millions of people visit the Balaji also known as Venkateshwara temple every year. It is estimated that nearly 65,000 people visit here daily and the figure exceeds 100,000 and even more during special occasions of festivals and holidays. The temple is the richest pilgrimage center, after Kerala's Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. Pilgrims offer cash and gold lavishly to their favorite deity here. No shrines of any faiths in the world receive such a huge sum as revenue as Tirupati does.
In such a scenario, you can imagine the rush at the temple. Then how can you ensure a hassle-free and smooth ‘darshan’? Don’t worry or panic on knowing the crowd size as the technology has come to our aid here. The launch of the e-Service provided through the Online Seva Portal of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams is to help you in many ways. You just need to register with their web portal to avail these services.
By registering with the Devaswom portal, you can avail the following services.
Here, through this article, I will help you how to register with the web portal and also how to book your ticket for an easy darshan. It is a step by step guide to assist you for availing their eSpecial Entry Darshan and eSudarsanam.
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Also Read the Following Articles on Tirupati by the Same Author
- How to Book Seva or Puja Online at Tirumala Tirupati Temple
Tirupati temple in Andhra is the busiest temple in India. The temple receives nearly 65000 pilgrims daily. So with the online service of the temple, you can easily book for the seva. Some tips here.
- How to Reach Tirupati and Make A Comfortable Darshan
Tirupati in Andhra is the busiest pilgrim circuit in India. It is also world's one of the richest shrines. This article gives you certain guidelines on how to reach and make a pleasant darshan here.
The First and Important Step: Registration (Sign up)
To avail all the online services such as Seva, Accommodation, Donation, and Darshanam, you need to register first. The registration is a one-time process only and thereafter you can avail all the online services at any time easily. Keep in mind or equip yourself with the following conditions/guidelines for the registration process.
- You must have an email id
- You have any of the following ID cards: Voter’s card, Passport, Pan Card or Driving License.
- A bank account (They prefer that of PNB or Andhra Bank or ICICI)
- No Net banking service available. Means, you can’t make payment through the net banking service of your bank.
- For payment, only Debit Card or Credit Card is accepted.
- In case your bank is other than PNB (Punjab National Bank), you need to select ‘Andhra Bank’ or ICICI as it is also functioned as a ‘Gateway’ for making payment.
- After selecting ICICI, or Andhra Pradesh Bank, you can give required particulars asked for such as Card Name, Your Name, Card Expiry Month & Year, CCV No., etc.
- A passport size photo of size less than 20 kb required to upload. (The most confusing and time-consuming job will be uploading your photo. So make it sure that you have edited it as per the required specification).
- In case of any difficulties during your registration process or just to have a clarification on any points, feel free to contact in Helpline No. of the Devaswom Board.
- Helpline Nos. work 24x7 and can even be dialed from your Mobile Phone.
- The numbers are 1) 0877-2277777 and 2) 0877-2233333.
Now, the conditions are set and you are ready for the registration.
STEP 1: Type the URL: http://www.ttdsevaonline.com to reach your registration page. (See the photo -screenshot- given above)
STEP 2: Answer the following information in the respective boxes one by one: First Name, Last Name, Gender, Address, City, Zip (Pin) Code, Country, State, Phone, Mobile, and Fax, if you have any.
STEP 3: Select your Photo ID Card and provide its number. (You should carry the same in original at the time of Darshan).
STEP 4: Upload your photo (passport size and below 20 kb in size)
STEP 5: Give your email ID and CONFIRM the same.
STEP 6: Type a PASSWORD of your choice and CONFIRM the same
(Note: The password must have at least one digit (0-9), one lowercase character (a-z) or one uppercase character (A-Z), one special character (!@#$5^&*). It can have minimum 8 characters and maximum 18 characters, for example, Tirupati@2014).
STEP 7: Enter the pop-up text in the box column of “Type the text”
Note: It is an automatically generated text to ensure that the text is typed by a human and not a computer. In case of difficulty to read the text, you can select another text.
STEP 8: Tick mark (check) the “I accept the condition……” box.
STEP 9: Click SUBMIT button.
STEP 10: After you click the SUBMIT button, the Registration Activation Link will be sent to your registered email address for verification. So, you now need to open your email and CLICK on the link for activation.
Congratulations! Your Registration is successful. Now, you can log on with the User ID (email ID itself) and Password. (You will receive an email in this regard. The same can be saved for future reference).
Tirupati Temple Darshan
In the normal case, the temple darshan is a cumbersome and tedious exercise since you need to be in the long queue for hours. At times, the queue may even take 24 hours! Being the busiest temple in the world, it is natural and beyond anyone’s control. So the only solution left is to opt for the ‘paid darshan' through online in advance. There are two types of darshan that can be booked through online.
- Special Entry Darshan (or VIP/Sheegra Darshan) and
Special Entry Darshan (SED)/Sheegra Darshan
It is the best way for an easy darshan. You need to pay Rs.300/- per ticket. On a single booking, you can block/book tickets for 6 persons. If you book for 6 persons, you need to pay Rs.1,800/-. You can book darshan minimum of 1 day in advance up to 7 pm and maximum of 56 (earlier, it was 14) days through this scheme.
SED is normally allowed on the following ONE HOUR time slots:
06-07 pm and
What does it mean is simple; you can visit and pray before the deity anytime between 9 am to 8 pm according to your choice and availability of the time slot. At a time, you can select the only one-time slot. You will be admitted for darshan during the allotted time slot. The arrangements are in such a precision that you need not worry about anything other than to report and wait for at the fixed time and venue.
How to Book for Special Entry Darshan
This job involves four processes as shown below:
- BLOCK TICKET
- PILGRIM INFORMATION
- PAYMENT and
(Note: Pay attention to the screenshot photo given below of the Special Entry Darshan Booking Page to grasp the idea better)
FIRST MENU: BLOCK TICKET
STEP 1: Select a date from the pop-up calendar given on the right side of the column “Darshan Date”. (Marked in the photo placed below)
Note: The date will be in MM/DD/YY format. (So if you chose December 25, it will be like 12/25). It is a bit confusing for we Indians as we are not used to the U.S date format. So take care.
STEP 2: Check availability
Note: It is marked in different colors, i.e. GREEN = Available; RED = Quota Full; BLUE = Quota Not Released and WHITE = Slot Not Available. (See the photo given below).
Some slots might have already filled. You can find the position of availability by looking at the right side of the screen. Once, you find your choice of time slot, you need to ensure it is available or not. If available, you can select it by ‘ticking’. The amount will be automatically calculated, as per the number of persons you opt and displayed on the screen.
STEP 3: Select No. of Persons (Marked in the screenshot placed below)
Note: You can book for up to six persons.
STEP 4: Click CONTINUE.
SECOND MENU: PILGRIM INFORMATION
Now, you are automatically taken to another menu for entering “Your Personal Information”. Provide the required information and upload your photo. It is simple and easy. Photo uploading may be a little irritating. Edit photo size, if need be. (Please see the photo below). Now the photo of the person who books the tickets needs only to upload his photo. Earlier, we had to upload all pilgrims' photo.
THIRD MENU: PAYMENT OPTION
In this menu, you will see three Bank option, i.e. PNB, ICICI and Andhra Bank.
STEP: 1: Select Bank (PNB or Andhra Bank or ICICI) (See the marked screenshot below)
NOTE: For Banks other than PNB, you need to select Andhra Bank or ICICI as it is the 'Gateway' to all other banks for payment purpose. You cannot take advantage of your net banking here. Instead, opt for Debit or Credit Card payment. Credit Card will be quicker.
STEP: 2: Select Debit or Credit Card (and continue with the usual payment process).
STEP: 3: Click PROCEED TO PAYMENT button.
FOURTH MENU: CONFIRMATION
After the payment option, what you just to do is Click the PROCEED TO PAYMENT button. Then you are automatically taken to the CONFIRMATION page. Now, all you have to do is just click the PRINT option. Your confirmation page or Special Entry Darshan Receipt will be opened. Take the print out from the very same screen and keep two copies with you for a smooth darshan.
Note: The receipt will show all valid information like the amount you paid, the name of the pilgrim who booked the ticket, No. of persons, ID Card No., the time and venue to report at, and the booked date and time along with your photo as well that of your companion. You need to carry 2 copies of the receipt and the ID card (in original) used for booking the ticket to show at the time of darshan. Please read the SED Receipt carefully as it has listed some important information to the pilgrim.
This Video will help you to book online ticket for Darshan
Some Important Information to the Pilgrims
- Pilgrims should come with two printouts of the Darshan Receipt along with original proof of ID of all the persons and produce one at VQC-I for verification to get entry for Darshan and the other one for collecting the 'prasadam'.
- All bookings are FINAL: Postponement/advancement/cancellation/refund is not allowed.
- The pilgrims should not carry any luggage/cell phones/electronic gadgets while reporting at TB Cottage-129.
- At the time of entry, the pilgrim shall produce the same ID used at the time of booking. Age proof shall be produced for children below 12 years to gain entry free of cost.
- You can collect Two Laddus per person before 7 AM of the following day of Darshan.
- Pilgrim can contact 0877-227 7777/223 3333 for any enquiries/information.
This is the second and most popular method for booking a trouble free darshan. It costs you Rs.50/- per head. Admission for five persons can be blocked in a single booking through eSudarsanam. Though earlier they allowed only one-time slot from 5 to 6 pm; now the rule is relaxed and you can have 'darshanam' at any time between 5 pm to 10 pm (except 6-7 pm). Currently, the following time slots are open for eSudarsanam.
07-08 pm and
Note: They regularly change these time schedules depending upon the rush and for other administrative purposes. So keep on watching the official site. Anyhow, I have been regularly observing these changes and make necessary edits accordingly.
You need to keep on changing your date option to book a ticket as the screen always shows the position as "Quota Full".
How to Book eSudarsanam
To book eSudarsanam, the steps are same as that of SED option detailed above. The only difference here is the 'darshan' time starts at 5 pm and ends at 10 pm (each carries one hour slot). Please note that no darshan is allowed between 6 - 7 pm. Further, you have an advantage here that through this scheme pilgrims can book darshan minimum of 1 day in advance and maximum of 56 days. Also, two darshan bookings are allowed for one day with a maximum of 5 persons per booking. This too involves four step procedures like Block Ticket, Pilgrim Information, Payment, and Confirmation. Please see the screenshot of eSudarsanam given above to grasp a better idea.
Screen shot of Booking History
For more information
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams
TTD Administrative Building
K.T. Road , Tirupati 517 501
Andhra Pradesh. India.
Please contact Helpdesk no's : +91-877-227 7777/ 223 3333 / 226 4252 , 91-877-226 3922 for any enquiries.
Administrative Office : 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM (IST), Monday to Saturday. Sunday is a holiday.
Temples & Choultries : Round the clock, throughout the year.
Dear pilgrims, I hope the information I gave here is enough and helpful to you for making a pleasant visit at this world famous temple. Some other major aspects such as eSeva, eAccommodation and eDonation have not been touched here. I will cover all those points in my forthcoming article here.
Your comments/suggestions will be highly appreciated, which will also help me in providing you more information.
Let Lord Venkateshwara bless you all in abundance!
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