Nestled at the foothills of the Eastern Ghats and the Tirumala Hill, Tirupati is synonymous with Balaji or Lord Venkateswara who blesses this quaint little town. Its lush hills, serpentine roads, rustic charm, and religious fervor work magic to create a divine connection with the lord.
The town is home to many temples and is considered the gateway to Tirumala Hills, the abode of Lord Balaji. Thousands of people flock here to pay obeisance and tonsure their heads as an offering to Lord Balaji. In spite of long queues & chaotic crowds, Tirupati’s surrounding natural beauty and deep spiritual ambience makes for a gratifying experience.
The seventh peak of Tirumala Hill is home to Sri Venkateswara Temple, affectionately known as Tirupati Balaji. One of the wealthiest temples in the world; its gold plated towers and huge complex reverberate with tinkling bells and religious chants. The inner sanctum enshrines an 8ft tall image of Lord Venkateswara, resplendent in jewels & finery.
Located at the Tirumala foothills, this is the only Shiva Temple in Tirupati. The pilgrims take a dip in its holy lake Kapilateertham before proceeding to visit Lord Venkateswara temple.
One of the largest temple complexes in Tirupati, this 12th century Vishnu temple is characterized by its tall Gopuram (gateway), and intricately carved idols.
This stunning 10th century temple, dedicated to Lord Rama, a manifestation of Lord Vishnu, marks the place where Lord Rama, Goddess Sita and Lakshmana stayed for a few days after their return from Lanka.
Located in Narayanavanam, around 12kms from Tirupati, this temple marks the celestial wedding of Lord Venkateswara and Goddess Padmavati, making it highly auspicious for newlyweds to offer their first prayers here.
This temple is dedicated to Goddess Padmavathi, the consort of Lord Venkateswara, who is believed to have manifested in the form of a golden lotus in the temple tank. No pilgrimage to Tirupati is considered complete without visiting this temple.
Originally called ‘Manoharam,’ Tirupati Laddus are heavenly sweets made of gram flour dipped in ghee with delicious fillings of dry fruits & nuts. Also, the distinct taste of Tirupati Vada, cooked with Black Urad Lentils, is simply out of the world.
Devotees throng the temple throughout the year to seek the blessings of Lord Balaji. However, post monsoon season, from September to March, is considered ideal weather for temple tour in Tirupati.
By Air: Tirupati International Airport in Renigunta, around 15kms from Tirupati connects Tirupati to the major cities in India.
By Rail: Tirupati Railway Station connects the temple town to the major cities in south India.
By Road: A well-maintained network of roads & highways connects Tirupati with major cities in the region.
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