Tirumala Laddu Prasadam
Tirumala laddu is considered as one of the most loved Prasadam to his highness Lord Sri Venkateswara. Even though the laddu prasadam started in 1715, it has become the identity of Tirumala temple. The laddu is given as prasadam to devotees after having the darshan in the temple. The laddu prasadam is prepared within the temple kitchen known as ‘Potu’ by the temple board Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams.
Tirupati Laddu got Geographical indication tag which entitles that only Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams can make and sell it. Tirupati Laddu was registered as Geographical Indications under the category foodstuff under the GI Act 1999. So you will never get laddu outside of temple at any cost. So, please dont believe in third party sellers or brokers on this.
Now coming to Laddu variations, there are three laddu types served by the temple.
1. Proktham Laddu
This laddu is regularly distributed to all the common pilgrims visiting the temple. It is small in size and weighs 175 grams. These laddus are prepared in large numbers.
2. Asthanam Laddu
This laddu is prepared only on special festive occasions. It is large in size and weighs 750 grams. It is prepared with more cashews, almonds and saffron strands. (Extra Laddu will cost Rs. 50)
3. Kalyanotsavam Laddu
This laddu is distributed to devotees who participate in Kalyanotsavam and in a few of Arjitha sevas. There is huge demand for these laddus. These are prepared in very few numbers when compared to the Proktham Laddu. (Extra Laddu will cost Rs. 200)
People who visit Sevas will be getting Asthanam laddu. Other darshan people get Proktham laddu.
How to get extra laddus online?
TTD will provide laddus for every seva booked on TTD Online Website. You can book extra laddu (Rs.50 per laddu) and a maximum of 2 extra laddus per ticket while you book seva or special from the same window.
How to get extra laddus from laddu counter?
If you want an extra laddu from the laddu counters, you can avail the same extra laddus by paying at the counters.