Location: Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh
Major Draw: Tirupati Temple
Best Time to Visit: Round the year
Temperature: Summer - Minimum 35?C, Maximum 45?C, Winter - Minimum 10?C, Maximum 18?C
Tirupati is one among the most famous pilgrimage sites of India where millions of devotees come from all over the world. It is believed that no prayer goes unanswered at this shrine. This holy place is internationally renowned for the beautiful Tirupati Balaji Temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara (one of the avatars of lord Vishnu). The temple is nestled on the foothills of Tirumala Hills in a peaceful and beautiful environment. The picturesque Tirupati has several other shrines too.
Tirupati is the richest temple in the world. The term Tirupati consists of two words ?Tiru? meaning ?Sri? and ?Pati? means husband. Tirupati means Lord of Maha Lakshmi. Everyday around 100,000 to 200,000 pilgrims travel to Tirupati for a darshan.
The legend goes that the temple enshrines a self-manifested idol of Lord Venkateswara, and it is believed that the lord resided here during the Kali Yug. The temple is considered one of the 108 Divya Desams. Several rulers over the centuries contributed to the construction and wealth of the temple.
Main Attractions of Tirupati
Sri Venkateshwara Temple
This highly revered temple of the Hindus is a famous pilgrimage site of India. Reflecting Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu who is also called Balaji, Srinivasa, Venkateswara and Venkatachalapathy. This richest temple in the world attracts many a tourists? everyday. The idol inside the main shrine is self-manifested. Devotees chant ?Yedu Kondala Vada Venkataramana Govinda Govindaa? at the temple. Festivals like Vaikunta Ekadasi, Rama Navami and Brahmotsavam are celebrated with great enthusiasm at the temple.
Srikalahasti Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple
Ideally located on the banks of river Swarnamukhi, this temple was built in honor of Lord Shiva. The perfect combination of the Chola, Pallava, Pandya and Krishnadevaraya styles of architecture can be seen in this temple.
Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park
Rich in bio-diversity, the park is known for a variety of flora and fauna. Spread over an area of 1200 hectare, the zoo is built as per the theme of Hindu mythology. While on a trip to Tirupati, this place can be visited with kids and family.
Timings: Summer (March to August): 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM Winter (September to February): 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple
Founded by Saint Ramanujacharya, the 1130 AD Sri Govindarajaswami Temple has idols of Lord Parthasarathy and Lord Govindaraja. It hosts many fairs and festivals and is thronged by pilgrims all round the year.
Shopping in Tirupati
Browse the colourful bazaars of Tirupati where you will find amazing handicrafts such as traditional Tanjore style gold leaf paintings, wooden articles and toys, idols of deities, brassware, bhajan cassettes and rangoli stickers. The perfect place for shopping here is the Bazaar Street in Chandragiri and Lepakshi Emporium.
A variety of hotels starting from Government hotels to private luxury hotels or homestays; all are available here for accommodation.
Best Time to Visit
Although Tirupati is visited by pilgrims all round the year, winter months from September till March is the best time for tourism. During this time, the weather remains pleasant and is ideal for sightseeing.
How to Reach Tirupati
By Air: Tirupati is well connected by regular flights to main cities like Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. The airport is at Renigunta, around 15 km from the city.
By Rail: The railway station at Tirupati connects it to the cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Madurai, Puri and Hyderabad.
By Road: Tirupati is easily accessible from all the cities of Andhra Pradesh by road. It can also be reached from cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahobolam, Lepakshi, Kalahasti, Chennai, Vijayawada, etc.
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