Was Tirupati a Buddhist Shrine
Claim: Tirupati Balaji was an ancient Buddhist Shrine. Brahmins converted Buddhist shrine into Tirupati Balaji. After the end of the Maurya dynasty, Brahmins started attacking Buddhist shrines.
Fact: There are 1150 inscriptions in Tirupati from the Pallava period onwards. Not one inscription ever says it was a Buddhist temple. Even in ancient Sangam literature, Venkatam was the holy place of Mayon(Vishnu). In fact, Buddhists like Dignaga avoided Tirupati. Tirupati is a town in Chittoor district of Andhra. In the entire Chittoor district, not a single Buddhist site has been discovered to date. Buddhist presence in Rayalaseema was always minimal.