Tirumala-Tirupati Places of Interest
 

Tirumala

  1. Tirumala hills is situated 2820 ft above MSL and is about 100sq.m in area. It comprises seven peaks ,representing the seven hoods of Audisesha , thus earning the name Seshachalam.

  2. The seven peaks are called Seshadri, Vedadri, Garudadri, Anjandri, Vrishabhadri, Narayandri and Venkatadri (Adri in sanskrit means Hill).The Venkatam hill is believed to be a part of the celestial mount Meru, brought to the earth from Vaikuntam by Garuda.

  3. The sacred temple of Sri Venkateswara is located on the seventh peak,Venkatdri and there are several legends associated with the manifestation of the lord in Tirumala.

  4. The shrine of the lord is very ancient and there are ample references to it in the early inscriptions belonging to the Chola and Pallava periods as well in the Sangam literature.

  5. The abode of the lord is about 10 km north-west of Tirupati and there are foot-steps leading to the hill as well as two separate serpentine roads to reach the shrine.

  6. According to legend, God Vishnu revealed himself earlier in the previous incarnations as Varahaswamy on the banks of the present temple tank..

  7. This manifestation of the white boar (Sveta Varaham) is enshrined in the Adi Varahaswany temple situated on the northeastern banks of the tank.

  8. Contact : Ph : 0877-2227777, 2233333

Akasa Ganga :

About 3 km north of the main temple is a perennial stream that is said to flow from the feet of the deity. The Akasa Ganga, as it is called, is considered sacred as the Vedas describe it as flowing from the feet of Lord Vishnu. The water from here is used for the daily rituals in the temple.

Chandragiri Fort :

The fort a top of huge a rock that stands 56 meters tall is just 12 Kms from the temple town of Tirupati. Built in 1000 AD in the form of fortifications with bastions and a steep moat, Chandragiri was under the rule of Yadavarayas for about three centuries and came into the control of Vijayanagara rulers in 1367. King’s Palace: One of the finest examples of Indo-Saracenic architecture of Vijayanagara period, this imposing three storeyed palace adorned by the crowning towers representing certain Hindu architectural elements, was constructed with stone, brick, lime mortar and is devoid of timber. The central tower that covers durbar hall rises through two storeys. It is said to be the same venue where Sri Rangaraya granted the site of Fort St. George to the British in 1640. The floors are supported by massive pillars while the walls bear fine plaster and stucco decorations. Queen’s Palace: Similar to the Kings palace in style and method of execution, this edifice with ground floor looking like a stable and first floor containing quarters adorned with ornamental sikhara has a flat roof. Contrary to the popular belief that this place was meant for the queen or harem, the epigraphical record available from the basement speaks this building being a commander’s quarters.

ChandragiriFort

Kanipakam :

This is a 11th Century Vinayaka Temple and the peculiarity is that the idol seems to be growing in size. A 'Kawacham' (breast plate) made for the idol half a century ago has become too small for it now. It is 70 km from Tirupati and 12 km from Chitoor.

ISKCON Lord Krishna Temple

The temple has its own style of architecture with the towers coloured in gold and white. The carvings of Lord Narasimha Swamy, Lord Varaha Swamy and Krishna Leela are marvelous. Glass painting works on the windows depicting Lord Krishna’s playful acts and the ceilings decorated like Tanjore art reveals the colourful masterpiece in art work. Each pillar is decorated with ten avatars of Lord Vishnu. The temple inside the sanctum has Lord Krishna with beautifully dressed Gopikas. There is a beautiful park surrounded with lot of flowers, ponds, fountains and with Krishna Leela idols. The temple is on the way to Tirumala Hills.

Shila Thoranam :

Shila thoranam (the great geological arch) is a rare geological phenomenon seen in Tirumala. During excavations in the 1980’s a rare geological formation consisting of two different sets of rocks connected together in the form of a thin link was found. Though small in size (25 ft long and l0 ft high) it is the second oldest known natural arch (1500 million years old), but what makes it unique and astounding is that the height of the idol of The Lord at Tirumala is same as the height of the arch.

Sheela-Thoranam

Kapilatirtham :

Lord Siva is said to have appeared before the sage Kapila in this historic place. These cascading waterfalls from the holy hills are a treat to watch.

kapilaTheertham

Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple :

Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple is the only temple dedicated to Lord Siva in Tirupati. It is situated about 3 km to the north of Tirupati, at the foot of the Tirumala Hills. The sacred waterfall called Kapila Teertham (also known as Alwar Teertham) is located here. Annual Brahmot-savams and festivals like Vinayaka Chaturthi, Mahasivaratri, Skanda Shasti and Annabhishekam are performed here with great pomp and splendour. Sri Venugopalaswamy Temple, Sri Lakshminarayana swamy Temple and Sri Vinayakaswamy Temple on the Second Ghat Road are sub-temples which function under the control of the Kapileswaraswamy Temple.

Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple

Narayanavanam :

This is where the marriage between Lord Venkateswara and Goddess Padmavati is said to have taken place. Located 36 KM from Tirupati, there is a temple here dedicated to 'Kalyana Venkateswara'.

Sri Govindarajaswami Temple :

Sri Govindarajaswami Temple is one of the most important temples in Tirupati. It has an imposing gopuram which can be seen from a distance. Saint Ramanujacharya consecrated the temple in 1130 AD. The festivals and functions are similar to those conducted in Sri Venkateswara temple. The annual Brahmotsavam at this temple is celebrated in the month of Vaisakha every year. The annual float festival is also celebrated every year.

Sri Varahaswami Temple :

The famous temple of Sri Varahaswami in Tirumala is to the north of the Sri Venkateshwara temple, on the banks of Swami Pushkarini. The presiding deity is Varaha Swami, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu in the form of a boar that was staying on the hills when The Lord descended unto earth. HE had to take permission from Lord Varaha to stay here and grant HIM.

Sri Kothandarama swami Temple :

This temple, which was built by a Chola king during the tenth century AD, is situated in the heart of the Tirupati town. The presiding deities are Sita, Rama and Lakshmana. The temple of Anjaneyaswami, which is directly opposite, is a subshrine of this temple. According to legend, this temple comme-morates the visit of Sri Rama to Tirupati. The festivals of Ugadi and Sri Ramanavami are celebrated in this temple on a grand scale. Brahmotsavam is celebrated at this temple every year.

Sri Padmavathi Samovar Temple, Tiruchanoor :

 Tiruchanoor, also known as Alamelumangapuram, is about 5 km from Tirupati. The temple of Sri Padmavati Devi, the consort of Lord Sri Venkateshwara  is situated here. Tirupati yatra is incomplete without a visit to this temple. Sri Padmavati is the divine consort of Lord Venkateshwara. ‘Kalyanotsavam’ is performed here as in Tirumala between 10.30 a.m. and 12 noon every day. Five members are allowed (Rs. 500/-). Special darshan (Rs. 5/-) is advisable. Darshan starts from 6.30 a.m. on Weekdays and from 8.00 a.m. on Fridays. Tiruchanoor (also known as Alarmelu Mangapuram) is 4 km from Tirupati. Buses ply throughout the day.

Offering to God

 

The sacred hill of Tirumala, overhanging the city of Tirupati is said to be the more popular place of pilgrimage in the world, drawning more devotees than Rome, Jerusalem or Mecca! (Sometimes more than 100.000 per day!) They come here to see the Venkateshvara Temple, an avatar of Vishnu, who is said to fulfil the prayer prononced in front of his statue (Darshan). A large part of the pilgrims offers their hair to the god, symbolic act of self-renouncement, so here, many men, women and children are skin heads.

 

Sri Venkateswara Dhyana Vignan Mandiram :

The Sri Venkateswara Museum was established in 1980. Stone and wooden carvings, articles used for pooja, and traditional art and architecture are displayed here. Now, a new building, called Sri Venkateswara Dhyana Vignana Mandiram has been constructed for the purpose.

Srinivasa Mangapuram:

This is a small hamlet some 42 kilometres to the South-east of Thiruppathy The Presiding Diety here is Shri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Appalayagunda: Yet another village some 15 kilometre away from Thiruppathy. The Presiding Diety is Lord Shri Prasanna Venkateswara. A very imposing and magnificient statue of Anjenaya is installed here. Anjenaya son of Annai Anjanai is considered to be so powerful that a dharshan of him will bring immense benefit to the devotees.

SV Zoological Park and Science Center :

Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park is the second of its kind in the Andhra Pradesh. It has many species of animals and plants which are being conserved. A science center is also present nearby which is very famous in Andhra Pradesh. It also has a planitorium which grabs huge amounts of crowd. It takes minimum of a day to see it. Nearly 10 to 15 tigers are present in this zoo.There is a proposed pharma university amd medical college at renigunta in an area of 165 acres. And IT Sec. is also coming up in Renigunta in 147 acres. Surappakasam township is also coming which is in between Tiruchanoor and Renigunta.Another multiplex and a recreational centre with a Five star hotel are coming on the 150 Ft.Byepass road.

Talakona :

This water falls considered the threshole of the hills of Tirumala on which Shrine of Lord Venkateswara is located. The 60 metre falls is a perenial one and standing under the cascade is said to cleanese the mind and body.

The Papa Vinashanam :

 About 5 Kms north of the Tirumala temple is a deep bowl formed by the surrounding hills that created a reservoir ages ago and many a mountain stream emptied into it. This came to be known as the Papavinashanam (The Cleanser of sins). Its waters were initially used for worshipping purposes but abandoned later because of the distance from the temple. It is still used though,for special occasions. To conserve water forever increasing number of pilgrims and therefore, the temple township, a dam was constructed across but the pilgrims, thus preserving the tradition, provided a bypass for bathing. It is believed that the holy waters of this place dissolve the sins of the devotees. Hence this place is known as Papavinashanam.

The Swami Pushkarini :

It is very usual and highly probable to find a water tank either just beside or nearby every Hindu temple constructed during the ancient and medieval times. The waters of the tank were strictly for temple purposes only - like for the God’s “bath” that is a ritual/worship, cleaning and washing the temples insides and outsides, for use inside the temples for drinking purposes (Not in Tirumala, though), kitchens (if any) and by large, by the folk that stay and live by the temple like the priests’ families and workers, for their daily uses. The water’s chief and famous uses are bathing and washing by the visiting pilgrims who take a dip or swim in it and, above all, for the temple’s special occasions when the divine images are taken in the temple boat, in the tank waters. The water in the Swami Pushkarini is absolutely NOT stagnant OR infected. It has a state-of-the-art recycling facility and water is treated before it gets into and recycled continuously. Swami Pushkarini was a pleasure tank of Sri Maha Vishnu in Vaikuntham, and was brought and set on Earth by Garuda, for the sport of Sri Venkateshwara. It is adjacent to the Sri Venkateshwara temple. A bath in the Swami Pushkarini is believed to clean pilgrims of their sins and bestow temporal prosperity. Pilgrims bath here before entering the main temple. A bath in the holy tank purifies one’s body and soul.

Darshan Booking

 

The TTD has changed the “Sudarshan Booking” counters from Tirumala to Tirupati. If you have not booked the tickets (Rs.50/-paid or free) for Darshan from your city outside Tirupati, now the Sudarshan tickets can only be booked from Tirupati near railway station, bus stand also at Srinivasa Complex.

Also there is e-darshan booking facility available at Hyderabad and well known towns of AP like Guntur, Warangal etc. where we can make the way of darshan of Balaji easier At Hyderabad, the TTD office located at Himayatnagar. TTD maintains a very good website for the devotees for their online advanced booking for e-darshan and accommodation at TTD Call Center TTD has started the facility of 24/7 call center to reach the devoties at any time, 0877-2277777,2233333.
For Bangaloreans, the TTD office for e-darshan booking facility is located at Malleshwaram. Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam, 16th cross, Vyalikaval Extn, Gd pa, Vyalikaval. Ph: 080-2344 5432 / 2331 5361
Fax: 080-2888 8888.

Accommodation Facilities:
In Tirumala most people stay for free in the huge dormitories around the temple. There are rooms in guesthouses and cottages available on rent too at various rates offering various degrees of comfort and luxury. All bookings have to be made with the Central Reception Office of the TTD. Off-season you can reserve up to a month in advance by sending them a letter and a draft for Rs. 100. Tirupati has a whole range of hotels, air-conditioned or otherwise, pricey and inexpensive.

 

Srikalahasti

  1. t is located 50 kms from Tirupati, 640 kms from Hyderabad. 230 km from Chennai and very close to the world famous Tirupati Balaji Venkateswara Temple.

  2. The unique Shiva Linga here is located in picturesque surroundings with the Dakshina Kailasa mountain at the back and the north flowing river Swarnamukhi in front.

  3. The Shivalinga of Srikalahasti is said to be one of the Panchabhutalingas representing the five temples, water, fire, air, ether and earth. There is a light in the Garbhagriha of the temple which is always flickering, as if it is blown by wind, although there are no holes or windows anywhere, for the air to enter the temple.

  4. The main Lingam has a pedestal and is in the shape of the trunk of an elephant with tusks on either side and a figure of the spider at the bottom. When seen from the top it presents an appearance of a snake with five hoods.

  5. The name of the spider is ‘Sri’ the serpent is ‘Kala’ and the elephant is ‘Hasti’. Hence the name Srikalahasti. According to the legend, the spider, snake and elephant worshipped the Lord in their own inimitable style and gave up their lives in protecting the Linga.

  6. Pleased with their unflinching devotion, they were not only granted Moksha but also got manifested in the linga. This holy place continues to draw thousands of devotees seeking fulfillment of their desires.

  7. Sri Kalahastiswaraswamy vari Devastanam, SriKalaHasti, Chittoor District. Andhra Pradhesh - 517644, Ph : 08578-221655, 222787.

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