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Tirupati Temple, Andhra Pradesh

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The Sri Venkateswara Swami Vaari Temple is located in the hill town of Tirumala in Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh state. The temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, a manifestation of Vishnu, who is believed to have appeared here to save humanity from the adversities of the Kali Yuga. The temple receives more than 35 million pilgrims annually, making it one of the holiest and wealthiest temples in the world.
 
The temple is located on Venkata Hill, one of the saptagiri (seven hills) of Tirumala Hills, at an altitude of 853 metres above sea level. These seven peaks are said to be the hoods of Sheshnag (the serpent god). Awe-inspiring and covered in pure gold, the temple’s sacred shrine is a sight to behold.
 
The temple adheres to the customs established by Saint Ramanujacharya in the eleventh century. Prayers begin at three in the morning and end at one in the morning with Ekanta Seva, a ritual in which a priest sings lullabies to put the Lord to sleep. Donating hair and other valuables to the temple is a common ritual performed in an effort to appease the god.
 
The temple building’s stunning architecture is a reflection of Dravidian design. The first entrance, known as Mahadwaram, is one of three that lead to the sanctum sanctorum. A 50-foot-tall gopuram (gateway) is positioned in front of the entrance. There are two paths for the circumambulation (parikrama). The first one has many pillared halls and flagstaffs, whereas the second has a large number of sub-shrines and other buildings in addition to the main kitchen. The primary deity is housed in a temple inside the Ananda Nilayam, a gold-plated tower that serves as the main shrine.

Nearby Places to See

 

Talakona Waterfall
This waterfall, which is more than 200 feet tall and is situated in Sri Venkateswara National Park, is about 75 kilometres from Tirupati temple. There are two main sections to the water, one of which is vertical and the other cascades downward. On the way to the waterfall, there is an ancient Shiva temple.

Srikalahasti
Located 60 kilometres away, it is one of the well-known Shiva kshetras. Rajendra Chola constructed the temple’s outer layers in the eleventh century, and Vijayanagara kings later added to them in the sixteenth century. It is the location where Kannappa gave Bhagwan Shiva his eyes.
Chandragiri
It is a significant historical location that is 32 kilometres from the Tirupati temple. Chandragiri served as the Yadava kings’ capital from the 11th to the 13th century, and then it passed to the Vijayanagara dynasty after they lost Hampi in 1565. The Yadavas constructed Chandragiri Hill Fort in the 11th century. Raja Mahal and Rani Mahal are two of its palaces. The fort also features numerous ruined temples.

Kailasakona Waterfall

It is a lovely waterfall that is about 80 kilometres from the Tirupati temple. It is one of the safest waterfalls for tourists and was created by a stream that descended from the dense foliage above the hills. It is about 80 feet tall. There is a temple by the side of the waterfall. Two more waterfalls, each about 20 feet high, can be found along the trail as it ascends, and from the hilltop, one can see the surrounding forests in their entirety.

 

Things to Buy

Things to buy include Wooden toys, Handicraft materials, Traditional paintings.

Foods to Relish

Laddoo & prasad from the temple.