Considered as one of the holiest pilgrimage sites for the Hindu devotees, Tirupati is one of the major tourist attractions and at the same time a sacred place for the devotees from all around the nation. Tirupati is a place where you will find the presence of many historical temples. Perhaps, that is the reason why Tirupati is also referred to as the 'Spiritual Captial of Andhra Pradesh'. Known as the best heritage city by the Indian tourism department this city has got an immense significance and value both culturally and historically. It is also one of the seven Swayam Vyaktha Kshetraas which have been dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
The famous temple situated here is also known by many other names such as Tirupati Temple, Tirupati Balaji Temple, Tirumala Temple, etc. It has been constructed in the Dravidian form of architecture and its construction is believed to have started from 300 AD. And in terms of wealth, it is the richest temple in the world as it receives a hefty amount of donations.
Tirupati is not just famous for its wide range of temples such as Venkateswara temple, Padmavathi Temple, Govindaraja Temple but also for the fascinating travelling possibilities which it has to offer to the tourists such as visiting Chandragiri fort, Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park, etc. There is even a space exposition hall which is the first of its kind in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. Tirupati, as a travel getaway, offers a great exploration possibility for both travel-inclined as well as spiritually-inclined mindset.
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There are many legends that are associated with Tirupati. One legend states that the present idol of Lord Venkateswara would be there till the entire period of Kaliyuga. And as per the Varaha Purana, it is said that during the time of Treta Yuga, Lord Sri Rama used to reside here along with Maa Sita and Lakshmana after his return from Lankapuri. Tirupati was an established center of Vaishnavism around 5th century AD and during the time of Ramanujacharya, sometime in the 11th century, this place had become a very prominent Vaishnava center. The Srikurmam Temple, here, bears the inscriptions of Tirupati Srivaishnavula Raksha.
With the advent of the Britishers in the 19th century, they took control of the Tirupati temple and in 1843 transferred the administration of the temple along with many other temples to the Mahants of Hathiramji Math. After which, until the whole six generations, this temple remained under the rule of Mahants till 1993. In the year 1932 Tirupati temple was handed over to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanms under the TTD act of 1932.
Situated in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, this temple is dedicated to Lord Sri Venkateswara. It is a very famous temple and witnesses countless footfalls throughout the year. A number of complexes have been built inside the premises. It is believed that Lord Venkateswara was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Swami Pushkarini Lake
Swami Pushkarini Lake borders the Sri Venkateshwara temple and historically, this temple has been devoted to Lord Vishnu. This lake was created by a Garuda, a commuting source of Sri Venkateshwara. It is known as a sacred place where many devotees take a dip in the water of this holy lake before stepping inside the temple.
An amazing waterfall situated in Tirupati at a distance of 3km from the main temple. Akasaganga Teertham waterfall flows all over the year and offers a magnificent view of nature's beauty, correlating the holy significance. And especially during the monsoon season, the beauty of this temple is just too mesmerizing to soak in.
Silathoranam is not just religiously significant but is a big landmark in archaeology as well, representing the sacredness of this heritage site. An amazing point to notice here is that it’s a natural rock formation is one of the only three of its kind in the world.
Brahmostsavam Festival. It is an important day that is celebrated at Tirupati in the month of Asvina for 9 days. Every day, during the time of this festival, the deity is taken out in colourful processions. The entire festival is simply amazing to experience.
By Air. The nearest airport is situated in Renigunta which is located at a distance of 16km from Tirupati temple. From here, you can take direct flights to cities like New Delhi, Vishakapatnam, Hyderabad. The airport has been given an upgrade making it international by the central government.
By Road. Planning a road trip to Tirupati can be a really fun experience. The overall connectivity via road networks to Tirupati from major cities like Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, and Mumbai are quite good. The approximate distance of Tirupati from these cities is around 36 hours, 19 hours, 6 hours and 22 hours respectively. To travel via road you can choose NH44, NH65, NH71, NH65 depending upon your location.
By Train. Tirupati has good connectivity via train network to other neighbouring cities such as Bangalore, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Madurai, etc. After you get off the railway station, you will need to take a local means of transportation like a bus or a cab to travel.