Get blessed by Lord Venkateshwara in this beautiful, and the world's second richest temple. Don't forget to take the traditional 'prasadam', its delicious!
Tirupathi is a town located in the state of Andhra Pradesh and is present in the Chitoor district. It is one of the most ancient and sacred pilgrimages in India and one of the busiest in the world. This town has a hill nearby called Thirumala where Lord Venkateshwara dwells and this is the prime temple which attracts so many tourists towards Tirupathi. The town Tirupathi below the hill is a transportation hub and is well developed.
Best Time to Visit
It takes about 2 days to look around the town of Tirupathi. There are various package tours that are available too. The best time to visit this place is between the months of September to February as the place is most festive at this time of the year. Tirupathi is considered as one of the oldest temples as the ancient great dynasties of rulers paid their homage to the Lord here. The popularity of this religious sanctum just kept increasing over time, never giving way during the years.
Lord of Seven Hills
The first day of your tour can be entirely devoted to visiting Thirumala which is the seventh peak of Tirupathi were Lord Venkateshwara or the ‘Lord of Seven Hills’ is believed to reside. Day two can be devoted to visiting the rest of the temples in Tirupathi and Thirumala. To the North of the Venkateshwara Temple is the Varahaswami Temple along the banks of swami Pushkarini. The food is first offered to the Lord in this temple and is later offered to the Lord Venkateshwara. To the opposite of this temple, the Anjaneyaswami temple is located and it is in the North eastern banks of the swami Pushkarini. It was constructed by the Mahant dynasty. This deity is seen as a bestower of boons and the protector of the commons from all evil.
The Swami Pushkarni is also a major tourist attraction. It is considered to be the pleasure tank of Lord Vishnu in Vaikuntam. This place is just adjacent to the main temple. Pilgrims believe in bathing here before entering the temple as it is said to cleanse them of all their sins. There are also various types of theerthams or bathes which a person does before entering the temple and the Japali Theertham, Papavinsasam Theertham are a couple of them. Another important temple in Tirupathi is Govindarajaswami Temple. It has a big and imposing gopuram that can be seen from a great distance. The great Saint Ramanujam consecrated this temple. There are various deities and sub temples here that are a must visit for any mildly religious person. In the heart of the town of Tirupathi there is the Kodandaramaswami Temple. The deities seen here are Ram, Laskmana and Sita. This temple was built by a Chola king. Apart from these temples, there are various others like Kapileswaraswami Temple, Prasanna Venkateswaraswami Temple, Chennakesavaswami Temple, Kariya Manikyaswami Temple or Perumala Swami Temple.
Planning Your Tour
Tirupathi is a must visit site for any religious person as it is considered as paramount to the Hindus as Mecca is to Muslims. The best thing about this town is, it is festive almost all through the year as every temple has some festival or the other to celebrate every day. The budget for this tour can be tentatively set to 8000 INR. The place is filled with hotels, cottages and ashrams’, therefore lodging is a task done easy. The town can be reached through air, road or train from any major city in India. So leave your worries behind, start out and head on a spiritual spree!
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