Tirupati is one of the
frequently visited pilgrimage center of Andhra Pradesh, located
in the Tirumala Hill range - a chain of seven hills known as Seshachalam
or Venkatachalam. The most important place to see is the historic
shrine of Sri Venkateswara. The temple at Tirumala is supposed to
have survived from antique past. The Tirupati temple with its 'gopuram'
or tower is the eventual illustration of Dravidian architecture.
Smearing idols with camphor, and offering the hair of heads by making
themselves shaved by accredited barbers are the significant customs
in vogue at Tirupati Temple. A large array of temples scattered
perfectly in the city, is the ultimate rest for Pooja, Aarti and
Darshan by millions of worldwide travelers.
Sri Venkateshwara Temple: Sri Venkateshwara Temple is one of the
richest temples in the world, run and managed by
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD). The temple allows believers
of all faith to enter the sanctum of the premises of the statue
of Lord Venkateshwara. Lord Venkateshwara is Balaji in north India
and Srinivas for south India. The temple has approximate earning
of over billion dollars in a year from contributions and donations.
The money in turn is put back into the development of Tirupati that
needs in flourishing the rest houses for the pilgrims (choultries)
and the maintenance of the temple apart from other prime humanitarian
activities. Shaving is the utmost ritual for the pilgrims in their
visit to the temple. Its needs climb of 15 km, so a large number
pilgrim is keen to reach the temple and being blessed by Venkateshwara.
temple of Tirupati Balaji is one of the most honored and sacred
shrines in the country. Millions of pilgrims reach the temple to
seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu, who is the patron deity of the
temple. The serene and calm environs of the temple make the place
look more gorgeous and stunning. Enclosed by the Tirumalai range,
the temple arena is large and spacious.
Kalahasti Temple: Shri Kalahasti Temple,
sited at 36 kms, is popular for Vayudeva temple. Vayudeva
temple is considered as the only shire dedicated to God wind.
Chola king, Rajarajendra constructed the temple in the 12th century.
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple: It is also
an important temple of Tirupati having an imposing gopuram that
can be viewed through a distance. Sri Govindarajaswami is the older
brother of Lord Balaji. His temple is the key marker of Tirupati
is located 36 kms away is the abode of Lord
Kalyana Venkateswaraswamy. The place is the scene
of the blessed marriage between Lord Venkateswara
and Goddess Padmavati.
Sri Padmavati Samovar Temple: This temple
is erected just 5 kms from Tirupati. Sri Padmavati Devi, the consort
of Lord Sri Venkateshwara is worshiped here. It is said the temple
of Padmavati should be visited to give make the tour to Tirupati
a successful and meaningful one.