Tirupati is one of the most visited ancient Holy places in India which is mentioned in the Sangam literature as Thiruvengadam and in Puranas as Tirupati. It is a wonderful destination for Hindus from throughout the world.
Located in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India, the Temple of Tirumala is the richest temple in the world. Millions of pilgrims and devotees are coming here for a darshan of the Lord, Srinivas, also called Balaji (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) from all over the world.
Seven hills are there in the city of Tirupati that resemble a snake from the top with the last of the seven hills looking like the hood of a snake in which the Tirumala Temple - also called Tirupati Balaji Temple and Sri Venkateswara Temple - is situated for which Tirupati is renowned throughout the world.
Legend has it that Lord Balaji at Tirupati is also called Vaddikasulaswamy (Lord of Interest) approached Kuber - the God of Wealth - for money for his royal marriage He gave the money on the condition that Balaji would return it back with interest.
Balaji is believed to be collecting money since then, at the Tirupati Balaji Temple from his devotees who offer money, besides gold and jewellery, to the Lord to pay back Kuber whose interest keeps on increasing with the passage of time. Besides that several devotees also offer their hair to the Lord, for that separate arrangement to take care of this. Anyway, Tirupati has arguably become the richest pilgrimage city in the world.
Now the computerized tokens issued to the devotees at the Venkateswara and Padmavati Tirupati Bus Stands at Tirupati that help the devotees to avoid stand patiently for many hours in long lines and allow them to rest and visit nearby places till their number for the darshan comes.The darshan starts quite early, right from 3 AM in the morning and continue till 12 P.M. in the night.
A bath in the sacred Swamy Pushparani Tank is considered very auspicious. Some other temples also there such as the Padmavati Temple, the Govindraja Swamy Temple, the Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple, and the ISKCON Lord Krishna Temple, among others.
How to reach
Tirupati is well connected by road, rail and air. The Renigunta International Airport at Tirupati connects this holy place to the major international destinations.
When to visit
The best time to visit Tirupati is during the festival of Brahmotsavam in the month of September which is one of the biggest religious carnivals of the world.
There are many different types of hotel with all amenities near the surrounding of the temple premises and at the downhill, Tirupathi town. There are budget and star hotels with round the clock check-in facilities. Most of the hotels are attached with vegetarian restaurants with healthy menu.
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