Tirupati

Tirupati literally translates to "Lord of Lakshmi". It is a beautiful small revered town dotted with temples and complete with folklore. Tirupati still retains its ancient beauty and old world charm, averse to pollution and ill effects of technology this small town is frequented by faithful devotees all year round. In a strange ritual, the most ardent devotees even offer their hair as a sign of respect to the Lord.

  • Shri Venkateswara Temple:
    Standing tall on the seventh peak of the Venkatachala Hill since the 12th century A.D., Shri Venkateswara Temple lies on the banks of the Puhskarini River. This magnificent building of faith is constructed with utmost care and every intricate detail is so beautiful, one can feel the devotion with which it was made. The Temple appears most beautiful at dawn when its golden spire shimmers and reflects the first rays of the sun.
  • Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple:
    To the north of Tirupati lies the only temple in the area dedicated to Lord Shiva. Its attractive and serene setting makes the Temple an abode of peace complete with a holy and pristine waterfall called Kapila Teertham or Alwar Teertham. The temple is alive with the festive spirit in praise of the Lord all year round and you are bound to be part of these many celebrations. Annual Brahmotsavams and festivals like Vinayaka Chaturthi, Mahasivaratri, Skanda Shasti and Annabhishekam are celebrated with great pomp and fervour in the temple.
  • Sri Kodandramaswami Temple:
    In the heart of the Temple city lies Sri Kodandramaswami Temple, erected to commemorate the ceremonial visit of Lord Rama himself accompanied by Devi Sita and Lakshmana. This Temple was built by the mighty Cholas in the 10th century and festivals like Ugadi and Sri Ramnavmi are celebrated here with great vigour even today
  • Tiruchanur:
    Also known as Alamelumangapuram, Tiruchanur lies within Tirupati and is home to the Sri Padmavati Temple dedicated to the mighty Sri Venkateswara, the consort of Goddess Lakshmi.
  • Sri Kalayana Venkateswaraswami Temple:
    It is said that Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami, after marrying Sri Padmavathi Devi, stayed at Srinivasa Mangapuram on his way to Tirumala. It is on this site that a temple was built with the deity of Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami taking centre stage. This temple truly reflects the grandeur and devotion that surrounded him. Hidden in its lofty structure, are captivating stories of love and faith.

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