Questions about Tirupati Headshave

#1 Jul 28th, 2007, 07:57
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Hi,

I'm a freshmen in a US University (freshmen = first year). I vowed to get my head shaved (actual words used were "to offer my hair") in tirupati if got into a Top Engineering school. I did, but due to extenuating circumstances I'm unable to visit India at all for a while.

However I was kind of afraid of head shaves (or even hair cuts) when I was a kid (and even till 16) and am feeling guilty for not being able to fulfill my vow. But I'm comitted to going through, but as I mentioned I can't do it in India. I was wondering if you could help me out by answering some questions.

1. What care should I take BEFORE the headshave?
2. What care should I take AFTER the headshave?
3. Can the headshave be done in a barber shop?

Someone told me that it can be done in a barber shop but the first 3 pieces of hair should be offered to god.

4. So is the first 3 actual pieces of hair that get clippered (shaved) or is it all the hair that gets clippered (shaved) with 3 actions?
5. Does the headshave have to be completely clean? In the US, it's quite uncommon to get cleanly shaved, and it's mostly a very clean buzz (a very very very very layer of hair is left on).
6. Should I leave that layer of hair as it is, or get it done by a razor afterwards for a clean shave?

Thanks a ton!
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Take your own sterilized razor..
#3 Jul 28th, 2007, 10:46
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Mishra Ji, its your own Vow and ragrdless of the words you said..I would advice you against interpreting them in some other way...just do what was in your mind and heart at that(when you took the vow) time..

The simple precaution should be to get the blade changed before getting head shaved, and applying aftershave lotion (anti septic) after that..its as simple as gets..

Otherwise religion in India has no fixed route and people will give you different advices, but I follow my heart and do what I believe that is the best way...do the rituals you want to do and feel like doing..I don't believe in vows, but still I believe that if someone has taken it, thats a form of commitment..thats it..
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#4 Jul 28th, 2007, 11:20
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My bad , I dunno how you are gonna escape from it . I would say do it in full measure or don't do it . That's the beauty of hinduism it leaves everything on you .What ever suits you , gods(rich coming from an agnostic person) will not be angry I hope.
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If I understand OP right he wants to perform the ritual on his own in another place than India (US where he lives, presumably).
#6 Jul 28th, 2007, 15:42
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There is a point in Mahabarata, during the battle, when Krishna comments to Arjun to the effect, If your family wasn't so fond of taking vows we wouldn't be in this mess in the first place. I think this is the point where he then has to mess around with the sunset to make it appear to have happened, to get Arjun out of the problem he'd created with yet another vow that day...

Maybe there's some sort of holy vow brokerage; some sort of bargaining --- Hey, this guy promised X every Friday, says he can't do that now, but he's prepared to do Y twice on a Wednesday.

Look... If anything goes wrong, or your studies don't go as well as you'd like, or maybe any misfortune occurs anywhere in your family, you are going to blame yourself for the rest of your life --- that's the way this stuff works. So I think you ought to fulfil it, for your own peace of mind.

Did you mention any time frame? Why not keep the vow intact but postpone the execution. Why not next year?
#7 Aug 30th, 2013, 23:34
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Hi

Where does one stay when one is offering hair to Balaji.
Have managed to offer hair a few times, but originally was not aware of taking a shower after the hair cut.

Usually used to take the tour bus which offers up/down trip and darshan and they say who wants to offer hair can come with the guide and its done in a few mins.
But the guide gives a few mins time which is not suffis to take a shower and actually I did not know that one needs to take a shower just sprinkled water on the head and went for darshan.

Now that am aware of the shower after hair cut as someone in the bus told me so.
So I book a hotel, offer my hair, come down the hill take a shower, go up the hill and go thru the queue and get the darshan.
( it never dawned on me as even at home we shower after a hair cut so why not do it after offering hair !!!)

So now if one offers hair which is the best place to take a shower and then go for darshan.

Is there any other way to do it -please suggest.
Appreciate your kind help.
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The Kalyanakatta (The huge building that houses the place where most people offer their hair, also has many shower booths that you can use to take a bath. Or there are many Pilgrim amenities complexes in the hill town where you can have a shower. There i no need to come down the hill just for a shower.

A few precautions when offering the hair. Collect a blade that is given before the shave. Make sure the barber changes the blade in front of you. Normally one would offer all the hair on the head. No beard/mustache is left.
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Other than what narendra has said above, if you have a room or cottage booked on the hill, it's possible to have a barber come to where you are.

Also, be prepared to not recognize yourself in the mirror.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post There is a point in Mahabarata, during the battle, when Krishna comments to Arjun to the effect, If your family wasn't so fond of taking vows we wouldn't be in this mess in the first place. ...
Freakin' brill.

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Hair is offered for religious purposes by lots of south Indians, including many women who get their head shaved off beautiful hair. All that long hair from south India (mostly from Tirupathi) ends up in USA. It is in Michelle Obama's hair, Beyonce Knowles's hair , and Zoe Saldana's hair and you name it. In Tirupathi it costs Rs. 10 (20 cents, 2007) to shave off your head hair. All that hair lands up in USA.

It is a multi-billion dollar business ($12 billion/ year in USA). ..

A must see movie about Indian hair is Chris Rock's 'Good Hair'. ..
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Originally Posted by RWeHavingFunYet View Post In Tirupathi it costs Rs. 10 (20 cents, 2007) to shave off your head hair. All that hair lands up in USA.
The temple administration tonsures for free. Its the barber who asks for a dakshina (These are employees of TTD and get good salaries). Its up to you to give or not.
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And there is no need to swear to offer all the hair, you can do retail offerings, offer so many scissor cuts, say 1-5, usually in odd numbers.. After they take that many scissors ( it is just nicked from different places on your head, and not from one spot, nor is it cut upto the root, just nick/snip a little bit).

You have to take a bath (bucket/pail, and over the head) after the haircut though. No matter if it is full tonsure or nicks. Specially, do not go into the temple without a bath. not that they object or know or ask, but is simply not done.

there are bathrooms/shower facilities all over the hill, no need to come down, as narendra.d says.
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Also, don't forget to take a good look at Vimana Venkateswara as you exit the temple after darshan and wonder what it means.
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Thankyou all imers for your prompt reply.

I would rather do it in the temple premises ( hair cut) yes am aware of the blades.

Will look around for a place to shower - any suggestions of cottages or room on the hill

Hotel Dwarka at this address Our Address
Ghate road, Vasavi Paradise,
Dwaraka Tirumala, West Godavari dist,
Andhra Pradesh, India


Is this up the hill?

So I must look for hotels in Tirumala

Also, can one buy tickets on-line? from overseas.

I usually go to one of the TTD counters and most of the time end up with only the Rs 50 tickets. or the Vijaya bank counter. The bigger denomination tickets need a group of people. That's what I understood

Thank you for your help and suggestions

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