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General Information Of Tirupati

 

Tirupati, at the foothills of tirumala, is the abode of the Lord Venkateswara one of the most venerated shrines in India. One of the oldest temples, it was patronised by Pallavas, Cholas, Pandyas and Vijayanagara kings. This place is also mentioned is the Sastras, puranas and the Sthalamahattyas. The range of the Tirumala hills, according to the Puranas, represents 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 shrine id dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the form of Varahaswami. The splendid Vimana over sanctum sanatorium is plated with gold, as Dhwajasthambam or temple, is said to be more ancient. 

Other famous shrines in Tirupati town include the Shri Govindarajaswami temple and the sacred Kapila theertham Tank, where Lord Shiva is said to have appeared before the Sage Kapila. The Temple of Goddess Alivelumanga, the divine consort of Lord Venkateswara, is at Tiruchanur. Another temple dedicated to this goddess is in Sri Mangapuram, 12km from Tirupati. Chandragiri Fort, stronghold of the Vijaynagar empire, is 11 km from Tirupati. It is built on rock, 56 meter high and dates back to 1000 AD. Within its walls lie the remains of ancient palaces and temples. The Tirupati Temple is the world's richest temple. Shops around it remain open day night. 

The 'holy hill' of Tirumala in the extreme  south of Andhra  Pardesh is one of the most important pilgrimage centres in India , and is claimed to be the busiest in the world - eclipsing number of pilgrims. Tirumala is an engrossing place where you can easily spend a whole day just wandering around. It's one of the few temples in the India which allows non-Hindus into the sanctum sanctorum but, despite this the place sees few foreign visitors.

On the flip side , because it hosts an army of pilgrims from all over  India everything at Tirumala  and at its service town of Tirupathi , 20 km away, is organised to keep visitors fed , sheltered and moving. Most are housed  in special pilgrims' choultries in both Tirupathi and Tirumala. However, the private hotels  and lodges are in Tirupathi, so fleet of buses constantly ferries pilgrims up and down the hill between Tirupathi and Tirumala from before dawn until well after dusk.

 

Facts of the Tirupati

 
Population
Altitude 150 m. 860m.
Best Season Throughout the Year. 
Temperature (deg C) Summer : Max. 43 Deg. C. Min 22.3 Deg. C. Winter : Max. 32 Deg.C. Min 14.9 Deg. C.
Rainfall
STD Code 0981
 
 
 
 
 
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