Hair Tonsuring in Tirumala
Tonsuring the head and offering hair to Lord Venkateswara is normal practice in Tirumala. Hair tonsuring is done at Kalyanakatta at free of cost. Fee for tonsure near the cottages is Rs.10/- per head. Tonsure is followed by a holy dip in the Pushkarini and the devotees then proceed to the Temple for darshan. According to estimates, Tirumala temple collects 500 tons of human hair each year, which they auction off to hair extension makers across the world. The hair offered is broadly divided into five categories depending on the length and texture – hair longer than 31 inches; 16- 30 inches; 10-15 inches; five-nine inches; and the last category is of less than five inches.