Tirupati Tirumala Venkateswara Temple or Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) as it is known officially, is near to Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh in India. It is on the hill top at a height of 853 meters above sea level.
Tirupati Tirumala Venkateswara Temple at Tirupati up hills is the most famous temple in the world and is the most visited religious place in the world.
Tirupati Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is comprised of seven peaks which symbolizes the seven heads of ‘Adisesha’ and is hence called ‘Seshachalam’.
Tirupati Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is also called ‘Temple of Seven Hills’ and is having excellent facilities for ttd darshan (visit temple and the deity), pilgrim lodging, food and snacks delivery etc. Food and snacks are given free of cost to pilgrims who are waiting to see the Lord Balaji in the queue. Temple Services can be availed online online by clicking the link ‘Online Services’ at TTD Website, http://www.tirumala.org/.
Tirupati Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is the second most richest temple in the world after Sree PadmanabhaSwamy temple at Thiruvananthapuram, in the capital city of Kerala State in India.
Lord Venkateswara also known as Lord Balaji; a form of Lord Vishnu; is the presiding deity at Tirupati Tirumala Venkateswara Temple.
Head tonsuring and offering ones hair to Lord Balaji at Tirupathi temple is the most famous offering at the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple.
How do I go to Tirupati Tirumala Venkateswara Temple?
Tirupati Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is situated on top of some of the steepest hills I have ever seen in South India. Looking those hills from down is really frightening. Steep red colored hills! It may be the only hill station in India to have separate roads to go up and come down. Kudos to the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation Bus drivers who drives those buses effortlessly, which ply between Tiupathi and Tirumalai! While coming downhill, one can only hear the brake sound and it seems like those sharp hair pen bents on the roads are roses to them!
Devotees can either climb the hills by walking the 9 kilometers plus pathway using the stairs or go by vehicle through the road. I have once taken the stairs and climbed the hills by walking the thousands of steps. One will realize the value of Glucose that time! A few grams of Glucose and some water will make all the difference; Without which it is nearly impossible to climb those stairs! Water is provided free of cost all along stairs side by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), the governing body for the temple.
Tirupathi railway station near Renigunta Junction is the nearest railway station with code TPTY on railway booking website irctc.co.in.
There is a small Airport at Renigunta near to Tirupathi. The nearest main airport is Chennai International Airport.
Tirupathi and Tirumalai are well connected by roads from Tamilnadu and Karnataka, the neighboring states.
Where to stay at Tirupati Tirumala Venkateswara Temple
There are thousands of Cottages, Guest houses , dormitories in Tirupathi and Tirumalai which offer cheap hotel rooms to pilgrimages. There are also free rooms available for those who can not afford the room rent.
Smocking and consumption of Alcohol is prohibited in this Temple Town.