Tirupati Travel Guide
Tirupati Travel Guide: Millions trudge to Tirupati everyday – for the town of Tirupati is one of the most ancient and sacred pilgrimage spots in India as it is home to the greatest bestower of boons. Lord Tirumala has such a large following of avid followers that it’s almost impossible to get a darshan – visit – within a day. Everyone from the President to the PM and all kinds of superstars prostrate before him for his benefactions. Not surprisingly, Tirupati has emerged as one of the super pilgrim towns with society, economy and hospitality all built around the pilgrims.
Place To Visit in Tirupati
Sri Venkateswara temple
Millions visit Sri Venkateswara temple is the great bestower of boons. He is also the Lord of the Seven Hills as the ancient and sacred temple is located on the seventh peak. The sanctum sanctorum houses His awesome idol and is located in the main temple complex of Tirumala.
Sri Varahaswami temple
Directly opposite the Sri Varahaswami temple lies the Sri Anjaneyaswami Temple on the northeastern banks of the Swami Pushkarini. The principal idol’s hands are joined in supplication (in the Anjali posture of yoga) a symbol of His prayers to the Lord of the Cosmos. A Darshan (visit) and prayers to Sri Anjaneyaswami is believed to bestow boons and protect from all evils.
Adjacent is Swami Pushkarini, the pleasure tank of Lord Vishnu in Vaikuntham. Thousands take a dip here to cleanse sins and bestow temporal prosperity. Usually, visitors bathe here before entering the main temple.
Other teerthams include Akasaganga Teertham, Papavinasanam Teertham, Pandava Teertham, Kumaradhara Teertham, Tumbhuru Teertham, Ramakrishna Teertham, Chakra Teertham, Vaikuntha Teertham, Sesha Teertham, Sitamma Teertham, Pasupu Teertham, Japali Teertham, and Sanaka Sanandana Teertham.
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple
Consecrated by Saint Ramanujacharya in AD 1130, the Sri Govindarajaswami Temple is an important temple in Tirupati. Its highlight is the munificent gopuram visible from miles. The sub-temples in its premises include Sri Parthasarathiswami Temple, Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple, Sri Andal Temple, Sri Salai Nachiyar Ammavari Temple, Sri Ramanuja Temple, Sri Vyasaraya Anjaneyaswami Temple, Sri Tirumangai Alwar Temple, Sri Kurath Alwar Temple, Sri Madhurakavi Alwar Temple, Sri Chakrathalwar Temple, Sri Mudal Alwar Temple, Sri Manavala Mahamuni Temple, Sri Vedantha Desikar Temple and many others.
Built by a Chola king during the tenth century AD, Sri Kodandaramaswami Temple has Sita, Rama and Lakshmana as its presiding deities.
The only temple dedicated to Lord Siva, Kapileswaraswami Temple has the sacred waterfall called Kapila Teertham or Alwar Teertham.
How to Reach Tirupati
BY AIR – There are direct flights from Hyderabad and Chennai.
BY RAIL – Direct railway services are available from Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai and Bangalore.
Do’s and Dont’s
- Don’t stay with or be coaxed into staying with people you meet at Railway platforms, Bus stands or shopping areas.
- Don’t think you are getting a bargain if a free ride is given by any transporters to a hotel, check with tourist information office first.
- Don’t leave your valuables, luggage with the driver
- Make enquires (As to where & how far each monument, tourist site is located) before setting out on sight seeing with only the driver as a guide.
- Don’t let the driver coax you into doing more shopping than sight seeing
- Don’t sign on blank letter heads or bills.
- Don’t let shopkeepers pack your purchases behind a counter or in another room it must be done in front of you and sign across the joints or ensure some method whereby no changes can be made.
- Don’t exchange from unauthorized money exchangers who do not provide a receipt.
- Don’t leave your valuables & goods/ luggage in taxi/auto rickshaw etc.
- Don’t go in for free lunch & dinner or drinks.
- Don’t roam around into the late hours of the night.