Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple – Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam

Tirumala Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple is a famous Vaishnava temple located in Tirumala hill town of Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh in South India.

Tirumala temple is also known by other popular names like Tirumala Balaji Temple, Tirupati Balaji and Tirupati Temple.

Lord Venkateswara Swamy, who is also called as Lord Srinivasa or Balaji is the main presiding deity of this ancient historic temple.

Lord Balaji Tirumal Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple
Lord Balaji - Tirumal Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple

About Tirumala Balaji Temple:

Tirumala is a holy hill town consisting of seven peaks representing Lord Adiseshu, thus earning the famous name of Seshachalam.

Tirumala temple lies on the seventh peak named Venkatadri. The temple is located in hill town of Tirumala at Tirupati city in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh State.

Interesting Facts about Tirumala Temple:

Tirumala Balaji temple is one of the most visited richest temples in the world.

Everyday Lord Venkateswara Swamy Idol is decorated with Dhoti at the bottom and with a Saree at the top.

A small waterfall exists behind the main idol of Balaji. All flowers and items used in the main sanctum are discarded in this waterfall only which emerges at Yerpedu which is at a distance of roughly 11.3 KM from Sri Kalahasti.

In Varaha Purana, it is mentioned that in Treta Yuga, Lord Rama along with Goddess Sita and Laxmana came here on his return journey from Lankapuri.

Approximately, 150,000 Laddus [Prasadam] are made every day and has a Global patent.

Temples in Tirumala:

1. Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple

2. Sri Bedi Anjaneya Swamy Temple

3. Sri Bhu Varaha Swamy Temple

Surrounding Tourist Places and Temples in Tirumala:

1. Swami Pushkarini

2. Papa Vinashanam

3. Akshaganga Waterfall

4. Shila Thoranam

5. Ashthana Mandapam

Temples in Tirupathi:

1. Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple

2. Kapila Theertham

3. Srivari Padalamandapam

4. Ghat Road Vinayaka Swamy Temple

5. Sri Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple

6. Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Temple, Srinivasa Mangapuram

Temples in Tiruchanur:

Tiruchanur or Alamelu Mangapuram Padmavati Temple:

Alamelu Mangapuram or Tiruchanoor Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple is at a distance of approximately 5 km from Tirupati. The mother Goddess is the consort of Lord Venkateshwara Swamy (Balaji).

How to reach Tirumala Temple:

The temple town of Tirupati is well-connected by Road, Rail and Air networks and can be easily reached from all popular cities in India like Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai.

Pilgrims can reach Tirupati by road, bus or train network and from there they can choose to reach Tirumala by road or can climb the hill on foot from Alipiri Junction.

By Road:

From Tirupati, Tirumala temple is roughly 20 KM away via Tirumala Ghat road. APSRTC run frequent free buses from Tirupati Railway Station (TPTY) to Alipiri for the sake of pilgrims who intend walk up the hill and reach Tirumala to complete their Venkanna Mokku.

Also, many APSRTC Buses, Jeeps and Pre-paid Taxis directly ply to Tirumala hills.

Please note that Buses and other transport vehicles are not permitted to ply on the Ghat road between 12 AM and 3 AM. The total journey takes around 1 hour and APSRTC is providing frequent buses every 15 minutes for Tirumala.

More Info: www.tirumala.org/TransportFacilities.aspx

By Train:

Tirumala doesn’t have any direct railway station. So, pilgrims need to come to Tirupati first which at a distance of 26 km and is well-connected with all major cities across India. From there, pilgrims can easily reach Tirumala on road.

By Air:

The nearest domestic airport to reach Lord Balaji Tirumala temple is located at Renigunta. This town is at a distance of about 12 km [23 min] from Tirupati.

Renigunta Airport has direct flights from Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Visakhapatnam and Delhi. Plans are going on to make it an International Airport in near future.

New Dress Code Rule at Tirumala:

Recently, TTD has introduced the traditional dress code system to enhance the spiritual atmosphere among devotees. Men can wear Pyjamas or Dhotis along with any upper cloth.

For women, they can wear Saree or Half-Saree with Blouse or Churidar with decent Pyjama and upper cloth.

Accommodation at Tirumala - Room Booking:

TTD is offering good accommodation facility at Tirumala and one can easily book their rooms at -

Sri Padmavathi Guest House

For room rates visit: www.tirumala.org/SriPadmavathiGuestHouse.aspx

Sri Venkateswara Guest House

For room rates visit: www.tirumala.org/SriVenkateswaraGuestHouse.aspx

VarahaSwami Guest House

For room rates visit: www.tirumala.org/VarahaswamiGuestHouse.aspx

Marriage Halls and Cottages

For room rates visit: www.tirumala.org/marriagehallcotteges.aspx

There are many Choultries that offer free accommodation at Tirumala. Pilgrims can also use the Dormitory halls offered by TTD.

For more information on accommodation facilities, pilgrims can contact the Central Reception Office located near Tirumala bus stop.

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1 comment:

  1. A very informative post on temples in Tirupati . They are very famous pilgrimage centers in India and observe huge number of devotees every day.