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Tirupati

Tirupati is a world in itself, millions of pilgrims from all over India and abroad visit the temple of Lord Venkateswara at Tirupati round the year. In addition to various shrines scattered all over Tirupati and beyond there are holy water falls, scared rivers and archaeological wonders. It is regarded as one of the most ancient temples which were mentioned in Puranas and Sastras. The temple is patronized by the Pallavas, Cholas, Pandyas, the Vijayanagar Rulers and the later kings of Mysore. Hastakalaramam Papanasanam, Akasganga, Gogarbham, Shilathoranam, View Point, S.V. Museum are the other places worth seeing at Tirumala. Kapilatheetham, Hare Rama Hare Kishna Mandir, Regional Science Centre, S.V.Zoological Park, Srinivasa Mangapuram, Kalyani Dam, Chandragiri Fort, Tiruchanur, Govindaraja Swami Temple are the other places worth seeing in and around Tirupathi.

Location

Tirupati is a town in the Chittoor district of the Southern portion of Andhra Pradesh and is at a convenient train journey away from Chennai (formerly Madras) in Tamilnadu. Tirumalai, on the last of the seven Hills, is home to this temple and is connected by a well maintained and picturesque mountain road constructed by the Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam.

Panch Badris or Five Badris

Sri Venkateswara Temple - The ancient and sacred temple of Sri Venkateswara is located on the seventh peak, Venkatachala (Venkata Hill) of the Tirupati Hill, and lies on the southern banks of Sri Swami Pushkarini. It is by the Lord’s presidency over Venkatachala, that He has received the appellation, Venkateswara (Lord of the Venkata Hill). He is also called the Lord of the Seven Hills.

The temple of Sri Venkateswara has acquired unique sanctity in Indian religious lore. The Sastras, Puranas, Sthala Mahatyams and Alwar hymns unequivocally declare that, in the Kali Yuga, one can attain mukti, only by worshipping Venkata Nayaka or Sri Venkateswara.

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams - Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams is an independent trust which manages the Sri Venkateshwara temple at Tirumala, Tirupati. The chairman of the board is nominated by the state government of Andhra Pradesh. Hindus believe that this richest Hindu temple is the second most visited religious center after Vatican City. About 60,000 to 150,000 devotees visit the temple complex every day for the auspicious darshan (visit) of the deity donating nearly $2 million every month.

Alamelu - The main temple to Sri Alamelu is situated at Thiruchanoor, also known as Alamelu-Mangapuram, a village in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, lying at a distance of about 5 km from the temple-town of Tirupati. Tradition dictates that every pilgrim to Tirupati must offer obeisance at this temple before proceeding to the temple at Tirupati. .

Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam - It is a women's university in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India. It was established as a state university by the Andhra Pradesh legislature in 1983, named after the goddess Sri Padmavati, the consort of Lord Venkateswara. The university has approximately 2,000 students.

Festivals in Tirupati

Tirumala Brahmotsavam - The term "utsava" means a festival that raises one beyond the darkness of material life. In Tirupati, every day is filled with countless festivals that elevate us to spiritual consciousness by connecting us with the deity through service. Among all the festivals observed in Tirupati, the most important of them is the annual Brahmotsava festival, which derives its name from the fact that it was originally inaugurated by Lord Brahma himself. This festival is conducted once a year, and runs for nine days.

Accessibility

By Air - Nearest Airport is Renigunta, a place just 10 kms from Tirupati.

By Train - Tirupati is connected with all major cities in cities. It is just five hours by rail from Chennai and Bangalore. Two daily inter-city trains connect Chennai and Tirupati. Four daily trains from Hyderabad also means good connectivity with Hyderabad, from which the journey takes 12-14 hrs. During the return journey, train bookings can be made from Tirumala also at the South Central Railway counter there.

By Road - Tirupathi is linked by regular Bus Services with important places Chennai (130 Km) Bangalore (240 Km) Hyderabad (572 Km) Vijayawada (380 Km) Chittoor (61 Km)

WHEN TO GO

Best time to travel Hyderabad is September to February.

WHERE TO EAT

There is no dearth of restaurants in Tirupati and Tirumala and most provide delicious vegetarian food at very economic prices. Non-vegetarian fare may be difficult to find, especially near the temple areas. The Sri Venkateshwara Canteen Complex offers free vegetarian food on a meal coupon system to devotees who seek blessings at the shrine. According to legend, the delicious Tirupati laddoos are a favorite dish of Lord Venkateshwara and are therefore offered as prasadham at Tirupati temples and are unique to the region.