Balaji–Venkateshwara: An Introduction attempts to unravel the life of Balaji and study his temple, nestled in the hills of South India. It is said that Lord Vishnu, to rescue a world in distress, took the form of Balaji-Venkateshwara, the destroyer of all sins. Yet, who really was Balaji? What is the legend behind his incarnation? What are the stories behind his temple’s origin? What are the meanings behind the rituals he demands? The book attempts to answer these questions, and more, for the pilgrim-soul.