- Tirupati- The Holy City
Set amidst the lush green landscapes of Eastern Ghats, Tirupati is the
abode of the lord of the seven hills- Lord Venkateshvara. The shrine of
Kaliyuga deity Lord Venkateswara, widely known as Balaji, is the richest
temple in the world. The town is one of the most sacred pilgrimage
centers in India, with the temple here said to sideline even Rome,
Jerusalem and Mecca in the number of pilgrims visiting it. This divine
city is located in Chittoor district on the southeast borders of the
state of Andhra Pradesh.
Tirupati has been cherished for centuries as a top pilgrimage spot. Pilgrims of every stature, from the mighty kings to the paupers, have paid their homage to this temple town. History tells that the temple was under the patronage of the Pallavas, Cholas, Pandyas and the Vijayanagar kings in different periods of time. The great emerald gifted by the Maratha general Raghoji Bhonsle still remains in the temple.
- Place of Interest
The ancient temple of Sri Venkateswara, located on the seventh hill of Venkatachala in the Tirupati hills, is the magnum opus of Tirupati. The significance of a pilgrimage to Venkateswara is mentioned in the ancient Rig Veda and Asthadasa Puranas(Holy Scriptures of Hinduism). The temple, throughout ages, has been the center around which many legends, folklores and myths have evolved. It is also acclaimed as the richest temple in the world. The roof of sanctum sanatorium and the flag pole are covered in gold leaves.
Akasha Ganga, a perennial water spout said to flow from the feet of the deity, is at a distance of 3 km from the main temple. This water is used for temple rituals. Swami Pushkarini is a sacred pond in which devotees take a dip before entering the main temple. According to legends this celestial pond of heaven was brought to earth by Garuda for Lord Venkateswara.
Sri Varahaswamy Temple sits majestically on the banks of the sacred pond Swami Pushkarini. Legend has it that Tirumala originally belonged to Sri Adi Varahaswamy and Lord Sri Venkateswara took abode here with the permission of Sri Adi Varahaswamy.
Opposite to Sri Varahaswamy temple, on the other side of Swami Pushkarini, is the temple dedicated to Lord Anjaneyaswami.
Sila Thoranam, an ancient natural arch is a very rare spectacle. This rare geological arch is said to be one of the very few such natural arches of the world. It is just a 20 minute walk from Sri Varahaswamy temple.
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple known as Alamelumangapuram is at a distance of 5 km from Tirupati. The grand temple is dedicated to the consort of Lord Venkateswara, goddess Padmavathi.
Sri Govindarajaswami temple consecrated in A.D 1130 by the famous saint Ramanujacharya is a magnificent example of south Indian temple architecture. The gopuram of this imposing temple can be viewed from a great distance. The temple has many sub-shrines inside the temple complex.
Sri Kothandaramaswami temple built in the 10th century A.D by Chola kings is another striking example of Dravidian architectural grandeur. Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple situated at a distance of 3 km from Tirupati is the only temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the entire of Tirupati. The Kapila Teertham also known as Alwar Teertham, a sacred waterfall, is located near to the temple.
Sri Prasanna Venkateswaraswami Temple situated in Appalayagunta is at a distance of 14 km from Tirupati. According to the legends, Sri Venkateswaraswami, after marrying Sri Padmavathi, blessed sages here.
Sri Chennakesavaswami Temple is at a distance of 100 km from Tirupati in Tallapaka village. The place is the birthplace of Sri Annamacharya, a renowned Telugu saint and poet. The temple was built about 1000 years ago by the Matti Rajas.
Swami Pushkarini pond
Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
Prasanna Venkateswaraswami Temple
- Best Time To Visit
September to February.
- How to Reach
The airport, located at a distance of 15 km from the city, offers daily flights to all south Indian cities.
Well connected to all cities in India.
The city is well connected to all Indian cities.