Some Facts About Tirupati Laddu
If you have ever been to Tirupati then you might be familiar with the ‘Tirupati Laddu’ even if you haven’t been you might still have heard about the Laddu or Ladoo which is one the most important offering and given as Prasad to the devotees at the Tirumala Tirupati Lord Venkateshwara Temple. Tirupati Laddu is a spherical-shaped sweet made of besan (flour) and sugar. The matter of the fact is over the time Tirupati and the huge laddus are synonymous to each other. It is a normal of a devotee returning from Tirupati Balaji Temple to distribute ‘laddu’ as Prasad to his neighbours, friends and relative.
- Around 150,000 laddus are made daily.
- One laddu is given free to each devotee; the number of daily devotees that visit the temple is around 50,000.
- A devotee can buy extra two laddus – a small laddu costs 25 rupees and big laddu costs 100 rupees.
- The revenue from the sale of laddu annually is more than 11 million rupees.
- Each laddu weighs around 100gms and is huge when compared with the normal laddu found in shops.
- There is a super huge Tirupati Laddu known as Kalyana Laddu and it weighs around 500gms – ½ a kilogram.
- Single largest laddu made is said to have weighed 32 kg.
- The tradition of Tirupati Laddu is nearly 300 years old.
- It is prepared by special hereditary priests known as archakas in special temple kitchen known as ‘potu’.
- Ingredients used in Tirupati Laddu are Besan flour, Sugar, Cashew nuts, Cardamom, Ghee, Oil, Sugar candy, Raisins and Almonds.
- The ingredients are bought at the auction at the Commodities and Spices Exchange in Kochi.
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTDs) the administrating body of the temple is planning to patent the Tirupati Laddu to stop counterfeits.