Tonsuring – the act of shaving your head to propitiate God – is a long standing ritual associated with Tirumala. As per the Vaishavite tradition, devotees offer their hair to the Lord which symbolizes effacing of the ego. Tonsuring used to be done at cottages itself in the past where a barber could be summoned, but new addition is a centralized system which has been put in place at Kalyana Katta, a huge building near the temple. Now, all the barbers sit there in along side each other once you enter the complex. The devotees can pay as per their discretion to the barbers after tonsuring. A bathroom has been provided next to the Kalyanakatta facilitate devotees to take bath. Alternately, a holy dip in the Pushkarini can also be taken, after which the devotees are then supposed to visit the temple for darshan.
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam has a Publication Division. This division publishes books on religious treatises in various languages. They also stack audio, videocassettes on various religious functions. The prices of these books are subsidized. The books are available at Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Book Stalls in the railway station, on G. Car Street, Tirupati and at RTC bus stand in Tirumala.