Tirupati Temple, Tirupati
About Tirupati Temple
Tirupati, in the foothills of Tirumala, is the location of one of the most
venerated shrines in India, that of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala. One of the
oldest temples in the country, it was patronized by Pallavas, Cholas, Pandyas
and the Vijaynagar kings and mentioned in the Sastras, Puranas and the
Sthalamhattyams. The range of Tirumala hills, according to the Puranas,
represent the body of the serpent Adisesha, on which Lord Vishnu, protector of
the world, rests. The seven hills represent the seven heads of the serpent. The
main temple is a magnificent example of Indian temple architecture. The splendid
Vimana over the sanctum sanctorium is plated with gold, as is the Dhwajasthambam,
or temple flag-post. The Varahaswami temples, situated near the Visunu in the
form of Varahaswami. Other famous shrines in Tirupathi town include the Shri
Govindaraja Swami temple, and the sacred Kapil Theertham Tank, where Lord Shiva
is said to have appeared before the Sage Kapila. Temple of Goddess Alivelumanga,
the divine consort of Lord Venkateswara, is at Tiruchanur . Another temple
dedicated to this goddess is in Sri Mangapuram, 12 kms from Tipupati.
Chandragiri fort, stronghold of the Vijayanagar Empire, is 11 km’s from Tirupati.
It is built on a huge rock, 56 meter high, and dates back to 1000 A.D. Within
its walls are remains of palaces and temples.
How to reach Tirupati Temple
- Air: Tirupati is connected with Hyderabad, Madras and Bangalore.
- Rail Tirupati is connected by rail with all the cities in India.
- Bus Tirupati is linked by regular bus services with important places
Hyderabad, Madras, Bangalore, Chittoor, Vijayawada etc.,