India - Tirupati City Information

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Tirupati City Information

Tirupati City is located in the southeastern part of Andhra Pradesh and is known as the abode of the Hindu god Venkateshvara, the Lord of Seven Hills.

Places of Interest:

Lord Venkateshwara Temple - Tirupati is one of the most important pilgrimage centres in India and has the historic shrine of Sri Venkateswara or Balaji, an incarnation of Vishnu. The temple draws millions of pilgrims. It is believed to be the busiest pilgrimage centre in the world and the richest temple in India. The Sanctorum, Ananda Nilayam has a glittering gold covered Vimana and gold covered gates.

Govindaraja Swami Temple - Located in the heart of Tirupati, this temple was consecrated by Saint Ramanujacharya in 1130 AD. It was built by the Nayakas, the successors to the Vijayanagar Empire. The main shrines are dedicated to Vishnu and Krishna.

Silathoranam (Rock Arch) - There is a rare naturally formed arch at 1km from Tirumala Temple and it is believed to be the source of Lord Venkateswara's idol.

Kodandaramaswami Temple - Located in the heart of the Tirupati town, the Kodandaramaswami Temple was built by a Chola king. The presiding deities are Sita, Rama and Lakshmana.

Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple - Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple at the foot of the Tirumala Hills is the only temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in Tirupati. The sacred and beautiful waterfall, Kapila Teertham or Alwar Teertham is located here.

Padmavati Temple - Located in Tiruchanur at 3 km to the south of Tirupati, this temple has the shrine of goddess Padmavati, the consort of Lord Venkateswara (Balaji).

Papa Vinasanam Dam - Located at 5 km to the north of Tirupati, the Papa Vinasanam dam site is serene and beautiful.

Sri Venkatesvara Museum - This museum is situated at the Sri Govindarajaswamy Temple compound and has exhibits of temple arts. 

Lepakshi - It is a small village in Anantapur district with beautiful Vijayanagar style temples. It also has the monolithic bull mount of Shiva (Nandhi) which is perhaps the largest sculpture of its kind.

Chandragiri Palaces and Fort - Located 11 km from Tirupati, in Chittoor district, Chandragiri has palaces and fort. The fortifications, the Raja Mahal and the Rani Mahal are well preserved. There is a Museum in Raja Mahal containing Chola and Vijayanagara bronzes.

Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple - Located at 12 km to west of Tirupati at Srinivasa Mangapuram, it is in this temple the Lord Venkateswara stayed after his marriage with Sri Padmavati Devi, before proceeding to Tirumala.

Sri Prasanna Venkateswaraswami Temple - Sri Prasanna Venkateswaraswami is situated in Appalayagunta and it is believed that it is in this place, Sri Venkateswaraswami, after marrying Sri Padmavati Devi, blessed Sri Siddeswara and other sages. 

Srikalahasti - Srikalahasti is situated on the banks of the Swarnamukhi River at the foot of the Kailasagiri hills. It is famous for Kalahasthisvara Temple which is one of the most sacred Shiva shrine and the production of Kalamkari paintings. 

Thalakona - Thalakona is a forest with a perennial waterfall Talakona located 30-km from Tirupati.

 

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