INTRODUCTIONOne of the most famous Hindu temples in the world is at Tirumala crowning the seven hills, with Lord Venkateshwara as presiding deity. Millions of pilgrims visit the shrine every year.Tirumala has well laid out parks, accommodation and a free bus service between various locations in the temple town. Amidst the thickly wooded hills in Chittoor district lays the temple town of Tirumala with Tirupati at the foothills.
The range of hills is said to resemble a snake with Tirumala forming the hood.Tirupati and Tirumala today are modern destinations of pilgrim tourists. Not only the bliss of a divine 'darshan'but added attractions provided by nature make them the ideal pilgrimage cum holiday destination.
ORIENTATIONTirupati is situated in the Southern region of Andhra Pradesh of Chittoor district and is at a height of 3200 ft above sea level in the Eastern ghats.
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
The Brahmosavam festivalThis festival falls in the month of September during which the images of the god are taken in a chariot around the temple with a colourful procession of dance and bhajans leading. During which images of the god are taken around the temple in procession with dance and bajans leading them.
During Adika Masam, which comes in every third year a grand and a major Brahmotsavam is celebrated followed by a car festival 'Rathotsavam'on the third day. These festivals attract thousands of pilgrims from various parts of the country.
PLACES OF INTERESTS
Akasa GangaThis is about 3km north of the main temple and is a perennial stream that is said to flow through the deity. The Akasa Ganga as it is called is considered sacred as the vedas describe it as flowing from the feet of Lord Vishnu. The water from here is used for the daily rituals in the temple.
Sri Padmavathi Devi templeThis temple is also referred by other names like Tiruchanoor and Alamelumangapuram which is at a distance of about 5km from tirupati.This temple houses the deity of Goddess Lakshmi and the consort of Lord Sri Venkateswara.It is strongly believed that a visit to this temple is a must on your way back from Tirumala.
Sri Kalyana VenkateswaraswamiThis temple is located at a distance of about 40 km from Tirupati and the presiding deity worshipped here is Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami.The vicinity of this temple also includes other temples like Sri Padmavathi Ammavari temple, Sri Andal Ammavari temple, Sri Sita Lakshmana Sameta Ramulavari temple, and Sri Ranganayakula Swami temple.
Kodandaramaswami TempleThis temple belongs to the 10th century AD and was built by a Chola King.Kodandaramaswami Temple is situauted in the heart of the town and the presiding deities here are Sita,Rama and Lakshmana.Just opposite to this temple is the temple of Anjaneyaswami.
Silathoranam (Rock Arch)Silathoranam is about 1km from Tirumala Temple and has a rare naturally formed arch. Believed to be the source of Lord Venkateswara's idol, the rocks resemble hood of a serpent, a conch and a discus. It is a geological wonder.
Papa Vinasanam DamThis is a very beautiful dam at a distance of about 5km north of Tirupati.
Sri Venkatesvara Zoological ParkThis park houses 56 species of animals, birds and reptiles with a total of 500 animal specimens.
SHOPPINGShopping is quite interesting in Tirupati for they include woodcarvings, whitewood toys and kalamkari.One can also look for the Madanapalli famous Tanjore style Gold Leaf paintings which are famous for their mythological motifs and themes. Apart from the handicrafts items the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam also publishes a number of books and periodicals based on the treatises of Hindu religion. Shopping list in Tirupati also includes religious items such as photographs and idols of various Gods and Goddesses, brass lamps, rangoli stickers, and vermillion in garish boxes etc.Lepakshi Emporium is run by the TTDC which has all the collections of handicrafts items.
209, T.P Area,
45, G Car Street,
Near Ramanuja Circle,
4.Hotel Sindhuri Park
14-2-118 / 119, T.P. Area,Opp. Govindaraja Swamy Temple
5.Manasa Fast Food
213 B, Prakasam Road,
(A.P.Tourism) Srinivasam, Tirupati
7.Pulse Multi Cuisine Restaurant
Opp Krishna Plaza, Tirupati
10.Annadaanam Dining Hall
Tirupathi, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh
2.Ramee Guestline Hotel
14-37 Karakambadi Road,
Post Box No. 9, Akka,
3.Sindhuri park hotel
near ramanuja circle,
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5.Sri Venkateswara Dharmasala
opposite the Tirupati Railway Station
Near RailwayOver Bridge
Renigunta Road, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
Tirupati, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
#177, T.P. Area,
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9.Ramee Guestline Hotel
14-37 Karakambadi Road, Post Box No. 9, Akka
10.Tirumala Residency Hotels
19-3-39,Near Railway Over Bridge