Tirupati Tirumala Venkateswara Temple

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 hilltop at a height of 853 meters above sea level.


Gopurams of Tirumala Venkateswara Temple.

Tirupati Tirumala Venkateswara Swamy temple at Tirumala 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 Lord 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 by clicking the link ‘Online Services’ at TTD Website, http://www.tirumala.org/.

Tirupati Tirumala Venkateswara Temple Andhra Pradesh is the second richest temple in the world after the Sree PadmanabhaSwamy temple at Thiruvananthapuram, in the capital city of Kerala State in India.

Lord Venkateswara is also known as Lord Balaji; a form of Lord Vishnu; is the presiding deity at Tirupati Tirumala Venkateswara Temple.

Head tonsuring and offering one’s hair to Lord Balaji is a famous offering among pilgrims to this temple; Tirupati Tirumala Balaji temple Andhra Pradesh.

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 drive those buses effortlessly, which ply between Tirupathi 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 like roses to these expert drivers!

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 thousands of steps. One will realize the value of Glucose at 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 Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Venkateswara Swamy temple.

Tirupathi railway station near Renigunta Junction is the nearest railway station with code TPTY on the railway booking website irctc.co.in.

There is a small Airport at Renigunta near to Tirupathi. The nearest major airport is Chennai International Airport.

Tirupathi and Tirumalai are well connected by roads from Tamilnadu and Karnataka, the neighboring states.

Accommodation Near Tirupati Tirumala Venkateswara Temple

There are thousands of Cottages, Guesthouses, and dormitories in Tirupathi and Tirumalai, which offer cheap hotel rooms to the pilgrimages. There are also free rooms available for those who can not afford the room rent.

Smocking and consumption of alcohol are prohibited in this Temple Town.

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