Tirupati Balaji Temple - Tourist Places of Andhra Pradesh

About Tirupati Balaji Temple

Also known as Tirupati Balaji Temple, this temple is situated in the hill town of Tirumala in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh and about 22 kms away from the town of Tirupati. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Sri Venkateswara, an incarnation of Vishnu, and are part of the Seshachalam Hills range, a range of seven peaks at an altitude of 3,200 feet. The seven peaks represent the seven hoods of Adishesha, the serpent on whom lies Lord Vishnu. The temple lies on the seventh peak -Venkatadri, on the southern banks of Sri Swami Pushkarini, a holy water tank. Hence the temple is also referred to as "Temple of Seven Hills".

How to reach

By Air : The nearest domestic airport is in Tirupati town, near Renigunta. And the nearest international airport is in Chennai, about 138 kms from the temple town of Tirumala. 
By Rail : The nearest railway station is in Tirupati which is well-connected with the metropolitan cities of Hyderabad, Vijayawada, etc. 
By Road : The nearest town is Tirupati which is well connected by state and national highways.

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  • When to visit
  • This holy place can be visited throughout the year.

  • What to eat
  • As this is a holy place, and devotees sometimes have to stand in long queues for hours or days to get a glimpse of their beloved and revered Lord Balaji, therefore pilgrims carry their own food. One can find local eating options in the nearby town of Tirupati.

  • Attractions
  • The Tirumala shrine is a masterpiece of Dravidian architecture. The main sanctum contains 2 m high standing idol of Venkateswara on a lotus flanked by his consorts Bhudevi and Sridevi. The most striking feature of the awe-inspiring black idol is its fabulous diamond crown, which is said to be the most precious single ornament in the world. The Sanctorum 'Ananda Nilayam' has a glittering gold covered Vimana and gold covered gates. Brahmotsavam' is the most famous festival of Tirupati. This festival is celebrated on a grand level for nine days in September.

  • Activities
  • Worshipping the deity, taking part in festivities, exploring the beautiful Sapthagiri or Seshachalam hills, and taking in the view of the breathtaking and richest temple of India, in terms of donations received and total wealth.

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