Tirumala-Tirupati at a Glance
 
Air: Tirupati airport is located at Renigunta, which is about 15 km away from the city.

Rail: Tirupati Railway Station is connected by trains from Bangalore, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Madurai and Mumbai.

Road:APSRTC buses connect all towns in Andhra Pradesh with Tirupati. Tamil Nadu public transport corporation buses connect many cities in the state with Tirupati.

 
Area : 8,700 sq.km
Population : 48,01,800 (Census 2001)
Rainfall : 82.5 mm (Annual)
Climate : Max : 32°C Min 26°C
STD Code : 0877
154 Kms from Chennai

 

tirupati glance

The Tirumala hills are the world’s second oldest rock mountains. The Sangam literature of Tamil such as Silapadikaram and Satanar’s Manimekalai, dated between 500 BC to 300 AD, mentions Tiruvengadam (now named Tirupati) as the northernmost frontier of the Tamil Kingdoms. The ancient and sacred temple of Sri Venkateswara is located on the seventh peak, Venkatachala of the Tirupati Hill, lies on the southern banks of Sri Swami Pushkarini. It is by the Lord’s presidency over Venkatachala, that he has received the appellation, Venkateswara. He is also called the Lord of the Seven Hills. The temple of Sri Venkateswara has acquired unique sanctity in Indian religious lore. The Sastras, Puranas, Sthala Mahatyams and Alwar hymns unequivocally declare that, in the Kali Yuga, one can attain mukti, only by worshipping Venkata Nayaka or Sri Venkateswara. The benefits acquired by a pilgrimage to Venkatachala are mentioned in the Rig Veda and Asthadasa Puranas. In these epics, Sri Venkateswara is described as the great bestower of boons. The temple has its origins in Vaishnavism, an ancient sect which advocates the principles of equality and love, and prohibits animal sacrifice.

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