Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Tourist Guide | Most Visited Place Tirupati Balaji

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Tourist Guide

TTD or Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams is an independent trust to manage several temples including Venkateswara Temple of Andhra Pradesh. TTD oversees the finance and operations of the world’s 2nd richest, most visited religious place. South India is enriched with dynamic temples worth visiting. Let’s see some places you must go while your Tirupati tour.

 

Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple.

This temple has put Tirupati on top of the list of unique travel destinations list. It’s one of the most compelling places to visit in South India. The deity is Lord Venkateswara. He is considered an incarnation of Narayana or Vishnu. This temple is also called Tirupati Balaji Temple., situated on the 7th peak of Seshachalam Hill. This is one of the richest temples in the world. This temple is the central attraction of your Tirupati tour. Around 30-40 million people visit here annually. On special occasions, the number of visitors increases.

Sarvadarshanam.  

It is the act of free daily Darshana where the pilgrims of the Venkateswara temple come and get to see the deity. TTD has started a well-managed system to make your experience pleasant by every means. The word ‘Sarvadarshanam’ means darshan for all. The timing of Darshana is different for different days in a week. It remains open for 18 hours on normal days and for special occasions, it is open for 20 hours. One has to go through the Vaikuntha Queue complex to have a darshan. It is a series of halls that are interconnected together. The efficient queue system ensures the orderly movement of pilgrims. Annaprasadam is arranged for the visitors free of cost.

 

TTD Rock Garden.

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The rock garden is naturally formed in the shape of an arch. It is also known as Silathoranama. It is the only pre-Cambrian natural formation to be found in the Asian continent. People believe that Lord Venkateswara walked over the arch on his way to Tirumala from Vaikuntha Dham. It’s a protected monument and a major tourist attraction.

Sri Varahaswami Temple.

This temple is located to the north of the Balaji temple at a distance of 1km from the Tirumala bus stand. As per legend, Tirumala was actually ‘adi Varaha kshetra’. Lord Venkateswara has taken his permission to reside here. Brahma Purana says pilgrims should offer naividya to Adi Varaha before they visit Balaji temple. Here in this temple, the Varaha avatar is worshipped in 3 forms- Adi, Pralaya, and Yajna Varaha.

 

Talakona Waterfall. 

It is the highest waterfall of Andhra with a height of 270 feet. The beautiful waterfall originates 30km inside the forest. People need to trek for 2km to witness the waterfall. But it will worth the effort when you get to see the alluring scenic beauty. It radiates a mesmerizing aura during the rainy season when the cascading beauty engulfs its stony base. The cold clear water will ride you to another world of bliss. You can go for a walk on canopy rope to explore more adventures.

 

Dear Park. 

There is a natural garden, maintained by TTDwhich features dear and other animals. The dear park is known for boasting a huge range of flora and fauna. A large number of various dears can be seen here. Though the enclosures are the boundary for visitors and it is fenced. The captivating natural view is something you would love to capture in your camera. 

 

Sri Vari Museum.

Opposite a queue complex of Balaji temple, Sri Vari Museum is been spread over a 1.5 lakh Square feet area. The location is such that it complements the surrounding of the temple. Which includes the TTD garden. This museum is a treasure of Vaishnavism. Here you can see above 6000 historical items speaks for rich archeological sources of India. You can see antic materials such as the copper inscription of Varahaswamy, Annamayya’s original copper plates. In the umpteen galleries, you will come across the display of offerings and donations of middle age dynasties such as Cholas, Pallavas, Pandyas, Hampis. The historical collection here will make you feel nostalgic. The museum remains open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. daily. There are no entry fees. 
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Sri Govindarajaswami Temple.

According to beliefs, Sri Govindrajaswami is the elder brother of Lord Venkateswara. This temple is dedicated to him and has been founded by Saint Ramanujacharya- the famous personality of Vaishnavism. The gopuram or the tower is a notable feature of the temple. Bhagwad Gita and Ramayan are laid out in miniature art on gopuram’s wall. This place is believed to be a sacred one. One can remove obstacles of his life by visiting here. The entry fee is rs.10 and for special darshan, it is rs.25.

 

Srikalahasti. 

This place has enormous historical value. Srikakulam is a temple town and the main temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Srikalahasti is associated with Rahu-Ketu – two significant bodies of Indian astrology. Srikalhasti’s other name is Dakshina Kailasam or Kailash of Dakshin. Kailasha – the abode of Shiva is a revered place in Hinduism. People give great effort to reach there. The Kailash of Dakshin is a major tourist attraction for obvious reasons.

 

Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple. 

The construction of this temple started in the 11 century and yet to finish! The deity idol is also incomplete. Visitors can see half part of the idol. The idol is situated in the wall with a spring. The temple remains open from 4:00 am to 9:30 pm every day.

  

Kapila Teertham. 

It is a known waterfall at a 25 km distance from Balaji temple. This unique waterfall is located at Sheshadri hill’s foot. The height of the waterfall is one hundred (100) feet. The fountain falls into a large pond inside Kapileswar temple premises. There is a brass Shiv ling inside the temple and a big stone statue of a bull. There are sub-shrines for other deities such as Vinayaka, Subramanya, Krishna, Kamakhya Devi.
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Chandragiri. 

Chandragiri lies about 15 km from Tirupati. This ancient town was the 4th capital of Vijaynagar Kingdome. It is a major heritage site to visit in Andhra Pradesh. Other places to see here are dynamic fort, majestic palaces of Vijaynagar rulers. The castle is fortified by huge walls on the southern side. 8 temples are there inside the fort lying in ruins. The Raja Mahal, Rani Mahal is part of an excellent architect. There is a durbar hall in the central tower of the palace. This palace is a compelling place in Tirupati. 

 

Srinivasa Mangapuram.

This Temple is some 12 km from Tirupati. Its other name is Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swami Temple and falls under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India. This pilgrimage is one of the must-visit for you. The rituals, festivals celebrated here are worth experiencing. If you can not make it to Sri Venkateswara Temple, you can still have a darshan of Lord Krishna Kalyan and meet your wish to see Tirupati Balaji. Annual Brahmotsavam is a major festival celebrated here.

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