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Tirupati

 

One of the ancient cities of Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati is the temple town which is famous for its various pilgrim spots. The place is frequented by people from all parts of India. If a tour to all the famed religious hubs is what’s on your mind, then Tirupati is the place for you. It will exercise your religious beliefs. Waking up to the temple bells and hearing the chanting of the temple priests and devotees can be a rejuvenating experience that can soothe the mind and soul. We have fished out some of the famous places of Tirupati that will make you feel you have indeed toured the famous pilgrim centre.

Situated within the sacred premises of Thirumala Venkateswara Temple, Swami Pushkarni Lake is of utmost reverence and religious significance. It’s believed that Lord Venkateswara himself bathed in this lake along with his consorts. In fact, the lake is considered to be as holy as the mighty River Ganges.
Talking about religious significance, the most famous temple of Tirupati with historical importance is Sri Venkateswara Temple. The massive temple is located on the south of Swami Pushkarini River.

Interestingly, it is the second most frequented shrine all over the world, the first being Vatican. Sri Venkateswara Temple is also the richest temple in the world. Another famous temple is the Goddess Alamelumanga Temple located about 5 kilometres from the town of Tirupati. Dedicated to Goddess Padmavathi, the consort of Lord Venkateswara, the temple was constructed during the reign of King Thondaman Chakravarthy.

Kanipakam is another famous pilgrimage. According to the beliefs, the idol of Lord Ganesha here grows in size. Sri Govindarajaswami Temple is another ancient temple of Tirupati. Idols of Lord Parthasarathy and Lord Govindaraja are found here. According to Mythological beliefs, Sri Govindarajaswami is Lord Balaji’s elder brother. Hence, the functions and festivals conducted here strike similarity to the ones conducted at Lord Balaji’s temple.

Shifting focus from the religious centres, the Talakona Waterfall has the highest waterfall of Andhra Pradesh. From the base, a trekking for nearly two kilometres will take you to the waterfalls. The best time to visit this place would be during rainy season. The water is pristine clear and cold. You can also go on a boat ride here.

The Deer Park is another major tourist attraction in Tirupati. It has a wide range of animals; however, deer is the most commonly spotted animal here. The pleasing landscapes and the tranquil atmosphere will definitely enthral you.

If you are among the history aficionado, you must visit the Sri Vari Museum located in Tirumala. The museum gives an insight to the history of the temple with a collection of sculptures, artifacts, pictures, scriptures and photographs. The history and the architectural background of the temple can be learnt from the presentations at the museum.

If a sense of divinity is what you are seeking then Tirupati is a must visit place for you. The temples in Tirupati have earned the belief of millions of people and the power to draw people would definitely inspire you. The temples being ancient, you will find the intricate workmanship awe-inspiring.



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