We loved visiting the temple, in part because it was so different than the churches that most of us are accustomed to seeing. Its several towers were covered with elaborately molded concrete displaying vines, gods, monster guards, and other curly cues.
We had to leave our shoes outside the fence before entering the complex. Hindu temples always open to the East, according to our guide, which is thought to be the place of the gods, so that was where this entrance was. However, you are supposed to go around the temple outside from East to South to West to North, and to honor at the smaller shrines outside, before entering the main building.
Once inside, you are again expected to show your respect to the minor deities and creatures--in this case, two wives and the giant bird the god rides--before coming to worship at the main alter, which in this case is Venkateswara, which is one of the avatars of Visnu, the god of protection. There is no set time for worship and no sermon or service; rather, people just come at their own time and honor the god/s in their own way. They believe that the god actually inhabits the statues that they build, so it is a very personal connection between the worshiper and the deity.
It's a great thing to see, and a great concept of religion to consider. If there is a Hindu temple around you, I recommend that you check it out.